Welcome from the Headteacher


Welcome to the website of Holy Family Catholic School and Sixth Form. Under various names, the school has  provided excellent Catholic education in Waltham Forest for over 100 years and continues to do so. 

I was appointed Headteacher in September 2022 and I am proud and privileged to lead this vibrant faith and learning community. Our “Aspire” values underpin all that we do as we seek to live out the words of St Oscar Romero: “Aspire not to have more, but to be more”. At the centre of our work is the belief that each person is unique, created in God’s image and with a variety of gifts and talents. It is our role as a Catholic school to enable each student to develop those gifts and talents in the education of the whole person. 

We set the highest standards and expectations for all students and expect that they will live up to these. Year on year, our strong academic results and progress are testament to the hard work and commitment of our students and teachers.

During the past three years the school has undergone a major building programme providing both new and refurbished facilities including many new classroom spaces, two new Learning Resource Centres and a new Sports Hall. These have given us a range of first-class facilities for many generations of future students.

Our aim is for each student to leave Holy Family as a compassionate and engaged young adult, ready to take their place in society and work for the Common Good. 

Whether it is as a parent, student or visitor I hope that you find this website of help, and that it gives you a flavour of the strong ethos and values of Holy Family Catholic School. We warmly encourage visits from prospective parents and students, which can be arranged by contacting the school office. 

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Carolyn Laws - Headteacher 

“Pupils said they enjoy the strong friendships they build here. The school is welcoming and like a family.”

“Staff have high expectations of pupils’ work and behaviour; behaviour is positive in lessons and around the school.” 

“Leaders have clear aspirations for pupils to succeed.”

Ofsted, March 2023