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St Luke's Catholic Academy

St Luke's

Catholic Academy

Pyenest Road, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4LU

Through God’s love we learn together, grow together and achieve together.

Welcome to St Luke's Catholic Academy 

We are a school within of the Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Multi Academy Trust.  As a community of schools and through God’s Love, we endeavour to inspire and motivate our children so they can learn together, grow together, and achieve together. As a Trust we believe passionately in a rich education. John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Through Jesus, we ensure that our children have life, and have it to the full. We ensure children excel, not just academically but in faith as disciples and as individuals. Our children learn to love themselves, love each other and the world around them and to love God.  Please our values to see how these are reflected in our children.

Our school is open from 8.40am (for soft start) 8.55am registration for the school day, with the school day  finishing at 3.15pm.   

Executive Headteacher 

Mr Ian Kendal  B.Ed. (Hons), M.A., NPQH



Head of School 

Mrs Anne Marie Kendal B.Ed. (Hons), NPQH




History of the School

In June 1962 Father John O'Callaghan was appointed as the first parish priest of St. Luke's. At this time the building of the new town of Harlow was nearing completion. St. Luke's was one of the four new parishes which were established to cater for the pastoral needs of the new town and its people. This was a difficult and demanding appointment. The four new parish priests had to be pioneers in the true sense of literally building their parishes from nothing. Negotiations with the New Town Council provided John with a council house as the first presbytery and Mass was said in a small hall some distance away in Perry Road. The new parish was so stretched financially that former parishioners from Becontree joined the parishioners in Harlow in providing basic furniture requirements for the presbytery. John spent 10 years establishing the parish of St. Luke's. He had to build a new primary school for the Parish, a new presbytery nearer to the parish hall and he was involved with the setting up of St. Mark's Secondary school.