Holy Family Catholic Primary School
Holy Family Catholic Primary School

History of our School

Holy Family Catholic School has a long history of service to the community of Small Heath. The school opened in Holy Family Church on 11 January 1904, and the Headmaster was Mr J Boyer.

We know that the original main school building was used as a hospital during the Second World War and unfortunately suffered bomb damage, and we believe that the school opened in the main building in 1950.

Holy Family School celebrated its Diamond Jubilee in 1964 and this was commemorated by the installation of a beautiful stained glass window showing Jesus, Mary and Joseph which is located on the top floor of the main school building.

The Millennium Year was commemorated in school through a whole school painting project. These paintings take pride of place in our school hall and show the school in action in the community.

Holy Family Catholic School celebrated its Centenary in 2004.

In 2010/11 the main school building was renovated and this resulted in massive improvements to the school such as; brand new toilets for children and staff, a new library, a new computer suite, small teaching rooms, an outdoor walkway and ramp.

On 14 September 2011 Archbishop Bernard Longley celebrated Mass in Holy Family Church and blessed our new school building.

In the Summer Term of 2013 a beautiful mosaic to commemorate our school in the Year of Faith was commissioned and completed by an artist in residence working alongside our children. You can see this on our school Tour page.

Journal entry from opening day 1904

A journal entry from the day our school opened in 1904

Historical Photographs

In school we have a wide selection of photographs and diaries charting the school’s history. Below you can see just a small selection of photographs from the past.

Click the pictures for a closer look. Do you recognise anyone? If so, please let us know.