Judged ‘Good’ in 2017
[Section 8, Ofsted]
Judged ‘Outstanding’ in 2018
[Section 48, Diocesan inspection]

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Welcome to the website of Blessed Hugh Faringdon school!

At the time of his trial in 1539, Blessed Hugh, the last Benedictine Abbot of Reading Abbey, 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 850 pupils, located in West Reading.  The school, which  includes a thriving Sixth Form, was graded as "Good" by OFSTED in 2017 and "Outstanding" by the Diocese of Portsmouth in 2018. We were pleased to be the best performing co-educational secondary school in Reading in terms of student progress, in 2019.  The school is outward-focussed, having received the International School Award in 2019. It has been designated a high performing school by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust since 2004. BHF, as we call it, has been on the Sunday Times published list of the top 500 state schools and has also been the Reading Secondary School of the Year for Sport, in part recognising excellence in rugby, where 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 or, during Covid 19 restrictions, look at our online videos to learn more about the school.  I look forward to meeting you in due course.

Simon Uttley

Web-portal: Travel to school information

In order to support the return to school and travel to school we have created a web-portal which aims to provide all the latest information. This can be found at: www.reading.gov.uk/schooltravel

At this site we have created an interactive map which allows users to explore and understand different travel options to schools including walking, cycling and public transport routes. We have also produced for every school in Reading a downloadable school specific infographic providing bespoke travel advice for pupils and parents to encourage safe and active travel. As well as information on walking, cycling and public transport links the infographic provides useful guidance on staying safe whilst travelling and other useful links. 

Both the interactive map and the school specific infographics will go live Friday 28th August.

Reading Borough Council’s Travel to School website has been upgraded this term to include interactive maps, infographics for every school in Reading and school bus information. You can find the web page at: https://www.reading.gov.uk/schooltravel


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