About the college

About the College

Greenhead College is the No. 1 A Level College in Yorkshire

Greenhead College performed outstandingly well in 2016, with an overall pass rate of 99% and 62% of grades at A*-B.

National education tables published in January 2017 show that the College was third nationally compared to other Sixth Form Colleges for the percentage of students achieving high grades in key academic subjects, as well as 'value added', which indicates student progress since GCSE.

At Greenhead 22.8% achieved A Levels at grades AAB or higher, at least two of which were in 'facilitating subjects' favoured by leading Universities, which include Mathematics and Further Mathematics; English Literature; Physics; Biology; Chemistry; Geography; History; and Languages.

Over 85% of students progressed to University, with nearly 40% achieving a place at one of the prestigious Russell Group Universities.

College Principal Simon Lett said: "Congratulations to all of our students. They have remained motivated and determined and thoroughly deserve these outstanding results. I would also like to thank our fantastic staff for their unwavering support of our students."

Mission statement

Greenhead College aims - "to provide a supportive environment in which individuals feel valued, grow in confidence and fulfil their potential for academic, moral, social and physical development; to continue to be a centre of excellence for a college of its type, providing within its means education and training of the highest quality for each individual student; and to be a major force in enabling its community to reach the nationally set foundation learning targets through the offer of a level 3 curriculum concentrating on A-level provision."

From the Principal

I would like to welcome you to our website. I hope that it contains the information or help you are looking for as a prospective student, current student or parent/carer.

We are very proud of Greenhead College and what its students and staff achieve each year. Visitors frequently comment on the happy and purposeful atmosphere they find here; this comes from the warm relationships which exist between staff and students, creating a community in which each person is valued and achieves their full potential.

We are committed to providing a well-balanced and challenging curriculum for all students, with 29 A Levels available from September 2016. We have recently expanded our curriulum offer to include a new A Level in Film Studies.

2016 signals further significant change for A Levels and by 2017 all current A Level specifications will have been reviewed and updated. A Levels are moving gradually from modular qualifications (exams in both years of the course) to linear qualifications (all examinations at the end of the two-year programme of study). In response to the changes to A Levels, we have adjusted our entry criteria to reflect the increased challenge of linear programmes. Please see the section 'How can I get a place at Greenhead College?' for further details.

Even with these changes, we remain one of the most open access sixth-form colleges in the country, with an outstanding record of high pass rates, many high grades and 'value added'. Students make exceptional progress during their time with us and this places us in the top 10% nationally for our value added achievements.

As a prospective student you may have questions about how changes to A Levels will affect you, which we will be happy to answer. It is always a good idea to keep an eye on our website for any updates. However, the best option is to attend one of our Open Events, where you will be able to speak to current students, discuss your choices with subject teachers and have a good look at what we can offer.

We look forward to meeting you and hope you will choose Greenhead College to continue your education to prepare you for an exciting future ahead.

Simon Lett - Principal

Why choose to study at a sixth-form college?

A sixth-form college caters exclusively for students in the 16-19 age range. It gives you the opportunity to make a fresh start after GCSE in a new social environment that is also academically stimulating. Owing to its size, a sixth-form college can offer a broad range of subjects and subject combinations, a wealth of enrichment activities, generous pastoral and learning support and specialised careers advice.

Why choose to study at Greenhead?

The college is widely acknowledged to be an outstanding provider of education and has a long history of exceptional reults. Since 1999 we have been a Beacon College and a 'Centre of Excellence'. Full inspections by Ofsted in 2004 and 2007 have judged the College to be outstanding. More recent visits to verify these judgements have confirmed this grade. We are very proud of this, especially as sixth-form colleges have been measured against higher benchmarks than schools.

You will have access to first-rate teaching and learning support. Our examination results are outstanding: the pass rate at A Level is very high, as is the proportion of students gaining A*, A and B grades. In terms of 'value added', the measure which judges how much progress students have made on their course, we are in the top 10% nationally for our achievements. Greenhead College is near the top of the national sixth-form college performance tables, which means it is one of the very best sixth-form colleges in the country. Please see the exam results section of our prospectus for more information.

There is a warm atmosphere and friendly environment at the College in which you will be supported by teachers in the transition from GCSE to the more demanding world of A Level study. Alongside this, personal tutors provide continuous pastoral support, looking after the welfare and progress of our diverse population of students and guiding you on to the next phase of your career.

We have an extensive range of enrichment opportunities and a vast work-shadowing programme. You can take part in activities ranging from short courses to all kinds of sport, music and drama, as well as voluntary service in the community or the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

The College enjoys a convenient site within walking distance of Huddersfield town centre and its bus and railway stations. It occupies attractive and well-maintained buildings where you will have access to modern facilities, equipment and resources.

Talk to past and present students, explore our website, and vist one of our Open Events to find out about life at Greenhead College.

Who's Who

Chair of Governors
Roger Bryant

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Simon Lett

Vice Principals
Mo Bunter
David Greenwood
Christine Milsom

Director of Finance and Resources
John Blake

Greenhead College Student Association

This is the recognised student association in the college, with a democratically elected executive. In January nine student officers are elected by the whole student body. Under the terms of the 1994 Education Act, students have a right not to belong to a student union.
GCSA, the formal channel of communication between the students and the college administration, promotes student welfare and organises charity work and various social events. It publishes an annual report and accounts. Read the students' view... >>

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