Dr Simon Uttley KHS FRSA
Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School
Welcome to the website of Blessed Hugh Faringdon school!
At the time of his trial in 1539 where Blessed Hugh, Benedictine Abbot of Reading Abbey, was forced to choose between staying true to his faith and facing execution or giving into pressure and surviving, he gave witness to the importance of 'true teaching'. True teaching in faith and true intellectual formation continue to go hand in hand in our school.
Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School is an oversubscribed, high performing, co-educational school of 870 pupils which includes a thriving Sixth Form of 130 students. Graded as "Good" by OFSTED in 2012 and "Good with outstanding features" by the Diocese of Portsmouth in 2013, the school is located in West Reading. In 2014 the school was designated a high performing school by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust - a "Leading Edge" school. In 2015 the school's excellent progress placed it in the top 17% of schools in England. Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School has been on the Sunday Times published list of the top 500 state schools in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Blessed Hugh Faringdon has also been the Reading Secondary School of the Year for Sport in 2014 and in 2015 - in part a recognition of the excellence that exists in rugby at the school - we hold the RFU "Gold" standard and enthusiastically take part in their "All Schools" programme.
At the heart of our school is a belief in the unique, God-given dignity of the individual. Don't just take my word for it - come and see us in action! Call or email for a tour of the school. I look forward to meeting you!