Parent Governor Vacancy

Greenhead College currently has a vacancy for a parent governor. Applications are invited from parents/carers of current students wishing to contribute to the work of the Governing Body.

Please see links below to a letter containing further details and the nomination form. The role of governor is a significant undertaking so you are strongly encouraged to read the supporting information in full so that you are aware of the expected level of commitment. If you would like to discuss the role further or have any questions, please contact Hilary Thomson, Clerk to the Corporation (tel: 07982966609; email

Closing Date for nominations: Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Year 11 Students Inspired by a Real World of Economics

Last Friday 8th February, Greenhead College Economics students played host to Year 11 students from 8 local schools; Salendine Nook Academy, Whitcliffe Mount, Holmfirth High, Honley High, Horizon Community College, Saddleworth School, Moor End Academy and King James School, to deliver a friendly economics based competition.

Following various presentations from our A Level students on different economics based topics, the schools were set various tasks and challenges to complete within their teams and were scored accordingly.

Congratulations to Holmfirth High School who won the event for the second year in a row. We look forward to seeing if you can make it a hat-trick next year!


The event was real success and a fantastic opportunity for Year 11 students to dip into into the world of economics, a subject that is new to many of them but something they may be interested in pursuing.

It also provided the opportunity for our A Level students to boost many skills including enterprise, presenting, and creativity, all vital when they enter the world of work.

A huge well done and thank you to our amazing team of students who spent time organising the event from planning and delivering the tasks so confidently, to putting together the fantastic goody bags for the participating students, which included sponsored prizes from The Economist, and everything else in-between. It really was a fantastic day.


Record numbers applying to Greenhead!

Greenhead College has seen record numbers of students applying to study A Level courses in September 2019.

Principal Simon Lett said:

“We’ve had over 3000 applications, an 11% increase on last year, from young people locally and as far afield as Barnsley, Bradford, Halifax, Leeds, Oldham and Wakefield.”

Greenhead’s popularity comes on the back of a string of recent successes for the College.  A record number of 45 students secured places to study at Oxbridge universities last month.  The College was also a winner at the British Education Awards in January, with former student Shaun Marshall winning in the A Level category – the second year in a row a student from Greenhead has won this prize.  And in the latest Education Performance Tables, Greenhead was the top-performing Sixth Form College in Yorkshire for A Levels.

“Students come to Greenhead because of our outstanding track record

said Simon. 

“We have a team of dedicated and committed staff who go the extra mile for students, encouraging individuals to aim high while supporting them at every stage in their studies.”

Interviews for courses starting in September 2019 will continue this month and throughout March.  Next year’s students will be able to choose from over 30 A Level courses, including English, maths, science, humanities, languages, P.E. and creative subjects, and new courses in business and music which are starting in order to support local needs.

“Our A Levels are accompanied by a distinctive extra-curricular offer, a comprehensive project and work placement programme, and bespoke pastoral and careers support delivered by experienced tutors, this is what makes Greenhead one of the best sixth forms in the country.”

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Options@18 Fair 2019 the biggest and best yet!

A Careers Fair at Greenhead College saw over 70 employers, universities and gap year organisations attend; students were able to find out about their next step by speaking directly to those providing the opportunities. Companies in attendance included Nestle, Sainsbury’s, Syngenta and Yorkshire Building Society; universities included Bristol, Royal Veterinary School, Durham and St. Andrew’s and gap year organisations included STA Travel, VSO and Project Trust.

The college welcomed unprecedented numbers of students and their parents/carers – a footfall of 1,500 gleaned information and advice and some secured apprenticeship interviews.

It was pleasing to see a large number of alumni in charge of the stalls, encouraging current students to follow in their footsteps. One such was Olivia Grogan who decided to combine university and an apprenticeship and is now taking a degree apprenticeship with IBM while studying at Exeter University. She tells us,

“I would most definitely recommend this route to people. My IBM Degree Apprenticeship is allowing me to not only gain a degree without student debt but I am also gaining 4 years of invaluable experience at a very reputable company – whilst earning money. The opportunities I have at IBM are endless.”

Careers Leader Rowena Burton said,

“Although 85% of our students opt for the traditional university route, increasing numbers are considering a Higher Apprenticeship or a Degree Apprenticeship; this is why we only invite employers that offer apprenticeships where students need A Levels to apply.”

Congratulations to everyone involved in organising this popular and informative event!

Shaun Marshall a winner at the British Education Awards

Former Greenhead College student, Shaun Marshall, was announced a winner at the British Education Awards 2019, in recognition of his brilliant academic results and extracurricular success within the A Level category.

The glittering awards ceremony took place on Thursday 31st January at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester, where Principal of Greenhead College, Simon Lett, picked up the award on Shaun’s behalf – who unfortunately could not attend the event.

This is the second year in a row that a Greenhead College student has won this award, after Grace Goswami won in 2018. A fantastic achievement for the College. 

Shaun, 19 from Clayton West, who now studies Maths and Computer Science at Oxford University, was nominated by Greenhead College following his outstanding academic success where he achieved four A* grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science.

On top of his academic achievements Shaun fully engaged in enhancement opportunities both in College and beyond with an impressive array of achievements under his belt.

Shaun represented the UK at the International Olympiad of Informatics, held in Japan where he finished 1st in the UK and 71st in the world, placing him in the top 25%. He also came in the top 25 in the UK Maths Olympiad and in the top 50 in the UK Physics Olympiad.

Shaun is also currently in the process of developing the British Informatics Olympiad website and creating a training programme for students in the future to help them succeed at National and International levels. Shaun took this project upon himself as he felt passionate about giving back to the community of future young like-minded individuals and the organisation that provided the opportunity for Shaun to go to Japan.

Simon Lett, Principal at Greenhead College said:

“We are absolutely thrilled that Greenhead has won this prestigious award for the second year in a row. Shaun fully deserved this award – he was a fully-committed and industrious student.”

Shaun Marshall also commented on his award win:

  “I’m very happily surprised to have won the award, I wasn’t expecting it as I knew a Greenhead student had won last year. I think it’s a testament to how Greenhead and other organisations such as the British Informatics Olympiad provide opportunities for students to push themselves and make real achievements.”

Principal’s February 2019 newsletter

I hope all our students are continuing to enjoy life at Greenhead and making good progress in their studies.  This online newsletter aims to highlight recent College successes and provide information on some upcoming events.

Reunion and Awards Evening

Our annual Reunion and Awards Evening took place on Thursday, 20 December in the splendid surroundings of The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield.  It was wonderful to meet so many returning students, celebrate their academic achievements and hear how well they are getting on at university, in their apprenticeship or employment. 

Our guest of honour was Katie Mallinson, a former student of the College and now one of our governors, who gave an inspirational talk to guests about the importance of having a goal and aiming high.  There was also a performance by Mud Mask, winners of our recent Battle of the Bands Competition. 


Extended Project Qualification

The Extended Project Qualification is a vitally important part of College life, enabling students to develop independent research skills which complement their A Level studies.  Our annual EPQ Poster Showcase took place on Tuesday, 15 January and was attended by students, parents and carers, staff, and governors.  The standard of work was as high as ever and students spoke passionately and eloquently about their projects.


FE College Achievement Award

The College has been shortlisted for the FE College Achievement Award with its recent Carol for Yorkshire Project. The national awards are run by the Creative Learning Guild and the winner will be announced on Friday, 8 March.  Carol for Yorkshire was a recent project run by the College’s Music department in partnership with Musica Kirklees, where students from across the local area were invited to enter a competition to compose their very own Christmas Carol.

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Oxbridge Success

45 students have been offered places at Oxford and Cambridge universities – a record number for Greenhead. The College consistently sends more students to these universities than any school or college in the region.  I am absolutely thrilled to see so many of our students obtain these offers.  These young people have worked incredibly hard and have been fully supported by our staff in College who work tirelessly to raise students’ aspirations.

Whilst it is right that we celebrate this magnificent achievement, I should also stress that we value students’ progression to a wide range of destinations.  The College makes it a priority to raise all students’ aspirations, opening the door to top universities, advanced modern apprenticeships and employment.

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Education Performance Tables

The College has also been celebrating its remarkable position in the latest Department for Education Performance Tables, published on Thursday, 24 January.  These include data showing ‘value added’, which indicates student progress made since GCSE, high grades achieved in key academic subjects and the average A Level result achieved by students.

In all three categories, local schools and colleges achieved some outstanding results, reflecting the high standard of post-16 provision in the region.  The Huddersfield Examiner (29 January 2019) stated “Greenhead College is the best performing school or college in Huddersfield in this year’s A Levels.”  In fact, Greenhead is the best performing Sixth Form College in Yorkshire and one of the top sixth forms in the country, according to these latest measures.

For further information on how Greenhead College performs compared to other local schools and colleges, please click here.

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British Education Awards

We are also thrilled that we were a winner for the second year in a row at the British Education Awards, held on Thursday, 31 January. Shaun Marshall, who left Greenhead in summer 2018 with 4 A*s, was the very deserving winner of the A Level (England Zone 1) category.


Upcoming Events

There are a number of College events taking place in this half of the term:

Our annual Options@18 Fair takes place on Thursday, 7 February, from 4.00-6.00pm in the Main Hall.  This is always a very busy event, with lots of universities, employers offering higher level opportunities and apprenticeships, and gap year providers attending.  All students and parents and carers are welcome to attend. 


LGBT History Month takes place this February. Whilst we will be celebrating all month, on Friday, 15 February we will be holding Rainbow Day. There will be all sorts going on throughout the day, including a talk from Stonewell Ambassador Matthew Bugg, a stall from the Proud Terriers from Huddersfield Town FC, rainbow face painting and music in the main hall, so come along in your brightest clothes!


Mock exams for A2 students begin on Monday, 25 February.  Our Examinations Manager recently gave a very useful presentation to A2 students which provided information on our Exam ApEx system.  A2 students are advised to log onto this to see the dates, times and seating arrangements for their forthcoming mock exams.  Information on the formal, summer exams is also shown via this system.  The PowerPoint slides are on Moodle in the A2 Tutorial section for any student who was unable to attend the assembly.

We are very busy currently interviewing applicants from non-partner high schools for September 2019 entry.  After half-term we will be interviewing students from our twelve partner schools.  A reminder that the deadline for all applications is Friday, 8 February 2019.  We have been hugely impressed with the quality of our future students and hearing about their ambitions and goals.  It is still not too late to apply and we would love to hear from you. 

College Information

Could I remind all students to check their emails on a daily basis to ensure they are up-to-date with key messages concerning life in College.  Students may find it useful to refer to their Student Planner and to check the Student Calendar in the Key Dates section of the website, which lists upcoming events, such as assemblies, and important deadlines.  Parents and carers may find this calendar useful as well.  There is also a Parents’ Information section on the website which provides information on topics including student bursaries, the College day and progress monitoring.

Term Dates

A reminder that we will close for half-term after lessons finish on Friday, 15 February, and return on Monday, 25 February.   

Support Available

Finally, could I remind students and their parents and carers that support is always available.  Our staff, including teachers, personal tutors, the learning support and careers teams, College counsellors, and the senior team, are here to help with any matter of concern. Our doors are always open.   

Best wishes,

Simon Lett


High standards in the region – and Greenhead College leads the way!

Department for Education School and College Performance Tables published in January 2019 include data showing ‘value added’, which indicates student progress made since GCSE, high grades achieved in key academic subjects and the average A Level result achieved by students.

In all three categories, local schools and colleges achieved some outstanding results, reflecting the high standard of post-16 provision in the region.

The Huddersfield Examiner (29 January 2019) stated

“Greenhead College is the best performing school or college in Huddersfield in this year’s A Levels.” 

In fact, Greenhead is the best performing Sixth Form College in Yorkshire and one of the top sixth forms in the country, according to these latest measures.

College Principal, Simon Lett, said:

“These latest government performance tables show that students at Greenhead make exceptional progress and achieve very high grades, opening the door to top universities, advanced modern apprenticeships and employment.”