A2 Student Alexandra awarded 3 scholarships to study at leading Music Conservatoires

We are over the moon for A2 student Alexandra Harrison as she is offered places at 4 leading Music Conservatoires, with 3 of them offering her scholarships. This is truly a remarkable achievement.

Alexandra has been student at juniorRNCM for five years, studying viola and violin.  She is also a member of the National Youth Orchestra and has just returned from a winter residency where she performed in various concert venues including the Barbican, Nottingham, Warwick and Liverpool.  She was also a member of The Halle Youth Orchestra and Musica Kirklees, before joining juniorRNCM. She really is an immensely talented individual!

Alexandra applied to study an undergraduate Bachelor of Music at Conservatoire at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Following a tough application process, which involved an earlier submission deadline for her personal statement, an audition process (playing set repertoire and a contrasting piece, sight reading, aural exercises and musician questions), and an in person interview with the audition panel, Alexandra was offered places at all 4 Conservatoires, and scholarship offers from the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Royal Northern College of Music.

I feel very proud and honoured to be offered a place at all four Conservatoires I applied for as well as being offered financial support to study there. Greenhead has ensured I was prepared and organised for the application process as well as being encouraging for the auditions and supportive with the amount of time I have had to be absent through the Autumn.

Quote from Alexandra

Well done Alexandra on this outstanding achievement, we are so proud of you and can’t wait to follow your musical journey in the future.

Assistant Principal – Student Support and Welfare

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Senior Leadership Team as Assistant Principal – Student Support and Welfare.

Full Time, Permanent
Application closing date: Monday 20 February 2023
Interviews are scheduled for Thursday 2 and Friday 3 March 2023

For more information including how to apply for this role, please visit the job pack below.

Cleaner Vacancy

12 hours per week, 4:00pm to 7:00pm, Monday to Friday
Application closing date: Friday 27 January 2023

For more information including how to apply for this role, please visit the information below.

Head of Department – Computer Science

Full Time, Permanent
Application closing date: Monday 30 January 2023

For more information including how to apply for this role, please visit the information below.

Awards and Reunion: Celebrating our Class of 2022

On Thursday 5th January, we welcomed our Class of 2022 back for an Awards Evening and Reunion at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The event was an opportunity for our Class of 2022 to reunite with their peers and teachers whilst celebrating their remarkable achievements.

Their results, released in summer 2022, were simply outstanding. The overall A Level pass rate was 99.3% (national average was 98.4%), with 88.0% of all grades at A*-C and 71.9% at A*-B, almost 10% higher than the national average of 62.2%. 1174 students gained A level passes in 3 or more subjects, with 44 students gaining A*/A in 4 or more subjects, and 295 gaining A*/A in 3 subjects. 

Guests were greeted to a performance by our recent Battle of the Bands winner ‘Third Floor Soul’, then Chair of Governors, Richard Armstrong opened the ceremony. Principal of the College, Simon Lett followed with a round-up of the 2021/22 college year showcasing the impressive talent amongst the year group, and their collective efforts including raising over £2000 for Young Minds.

The special guest of the evening and presenter of the awards was Mary Ahern, former Greenhead College student, CEO of ALPS and daughter of former Principal Kevin Conway. Mary delivered an enlightening presentation about her journey from Greenhead College to CEO of ALPS, including her top tips to our Class of 2022. She spoke of her late father Kevin Conway and his transformative work as Principal and founder of ALPS.

Awards were then handed out for each individual subject plus a handful of special recognition and achievement awards.

The evening concluded with another performance from ‘Third Floor Soul’.

We would like to thank all the individuals and organisations who sponsored a prize for the event.


Greenhead College gears up for Mental and Physical Health Week

As Greenhead College gears up for its first Mental and Physical Health week of the academic year (12-16th December), we thought we’d answer some frequently asked questions all about the Framework we use to support the well-being of our whole college community:

Click here to view the full schedule for the week ahead.

What is the M+P Framework?

The Mental and Physical Framework encompasses all the wellbeing strands across college under one framework. This enables the college to address wellbeing collectively, creating a positive culture of mental and physical health which benefits the whole college community. The framework is led by the Senior Leadership Team who ensure it is embedded into the college strategic plan, department quality improvement plans, alongside day-to-day activities across the whole college. The framework allows the college to work collectively, so that at every level we have a strategy that addresses the needs of both staff and students. It is the responsibility of all staff to consider the well-being of their teams, to ensure that we are all working together to protect each other and our students.

How does M+P Week fit into the framework the college has adopted?

Whilst M+P weeks are an opportunity for staff and students to access activities/resources during dedicated weeks, they were also designed to work as a year-long process, with the intention to: 

  • Highlight to students the importance placed upon wellbeing by the college and this extends to all aspects of college life,
  • Explore with students the relationship between wellbeing and academic outcomes, 
  • To open a channel of communication between staff and students and allow a process of reflection on teaching/ learning and the learner journey
  • Highlight to staff the importance placed upon their wellbeing by the senior leadership team, and to provide them with support to help them in all aspects of their role at the College

​How does M+P Week benefit the college community?

Mental and Physical (M+P) weeks are held throughout the academic year, where there is an opportunity for both staff and students to access a variety of activities, information sessions and resources dedicated to wellbeing both in and outside of lessons. Bringing students and staff together across college.

Chemistry Department win prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Education Prize

Greenhead College Chemistry Department has been named the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Team Prize for Excellence in Secondary and Further Education.

Nominated by their peers, the team was chosen by the RSC’s prestigious panel of judges as one of the most inspirational, innovative and dedicated people in education.

The team has now become a winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Team Prize for Excellence in Secondary and Further Education, for enhancing and enriching the chemistry learning of a huge and diverse group of students by offering a high quality and broad chemistry education and through effective outreach.

Ruth Farnell, Head of Chemistry at Greenhead College said:

“Working with young people can be incredibly rewarding. However, the extent of the work that teams like ours put into ensuring that every student receives not only an outstanding education but also so much more in the way of enthusiasm for and opportunities in chemistry isn’t often recognised. Receiving an accolade like this where our efforts are publicly acknowledged, valued and celebrated means so much to everyone in the team.”

The chemistry team at Greenhead College use their skill, expertise and passion to bring chemistry to life for the almost 1000 students studying in the department. The team have developed an interesting and varied scheme of work that is enhanced and enriched by work outside the classroom.

Students in the department are given opportunities to work with local primary schools to share their love and passion for chemistry with Year 6 children whose enthusiasm for putting on a lab coat and using a Bunsen Burner is infectious. If the students are considering a future in chemistry or research, then there is also the chance to work alongside researchers at the University of Huddersfield to conduct a project as part of our Real World Chemistry enrichment, the results of this work are presented both in the college and at the University using PhD style poster presentations.

The team supports all learners to make the most of their chemistry education whilst at the college. Additional support comes in many forms such as peer mentoring, 11 staffed support sessions a week, a dedicated classroom where students can work quietly in their free time, student study groups and video tutorials covering the entire course. Enhancement in the form of the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, RSC Schools’ analyst competition, RSC Chemistry Olympiad, Cambridge HE+ scheme, Alumni interactions, University outreach talks and trips to Huddersfield University and a residential to the Chemistry department at Oxford all enrich the chemistry curriculum.

Dr Helen Pain, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said: 

“It’s of vital importance that we recognise the crucial role that educators play in the advancement of the sciences. And that we commend their ability to inspire and nurture the next generation of bright young minds, so that they can go on to make new discoveries and innovations.

“Society faces many challenges, and educators give us the tools we need to advance our understanding of the world around us and solve many of the problems we encounter. The team’s work demonstrates an outstanding commitment to chemistry education, and it is our honour to celebrate their considerable contribution.”

Gill Reid, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said:

“For many of us as chemists our teachers were our inspiration – their influence in driving the next generation of amazing scientists cannot be underestimated. That’s why I’m so proud of the winners of the Education Horizon Prizes, each of whom demonstrates an infectious passion for learning that sparks young minds to do amazing things.

“This year’s winners set exemplary examples of the impact this can make; it’s no exaggeration to say their successes will be felt for generations to come ”

The Excellence in Education Prizes celebrate inspirational, innovative, and dedicated people working in primary, secondary, further education and higher education – including teachers, technicians and more. These prizes recognise a wide range of skills – from curriculum design to effective teaching, and from personal development to working culture. This category includes specific prizes for teams and for those in the early stages of their career.

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s prizes have recognised excellence in the chemical sciences for more than 150 years. In 2019, the organisation announced the biggest overhaul of this portfolio in its history, designed to better reflect modern scientific work and culture.

Volunteer Associate Counsellor

Volunteer Associate Counsellor

We have an exciting vacancy for an Associate Counsellor (qualified or in 2nd year of training or a 1st year with significant, relevant experience) for 1 academic year (a commitment to the end of one academic year is essential) to see a minimum of 3, with possibility of working up to 4 or 5 clients, term time only (Wednesday Thursday and Friday are available).

For more information including how to apply for this role, please visit the information below.

Exam Invigilators

Exam Invigilators

Hours of work:            Flexible by agreement during the main examination period. Inclusive but not limited to May / June.

Contract type:             Casual

Start date:                   As soon as possible

Application closing date: noon on Friday 25 November 2022

For more information including how to apply for this role, please visit the information below.

Her Majesty The Queen

To all GC staff, students and parents/carers 

Dear all, 

I am writing to you regarding the sad news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. 

Most of us and our families will have known Queen Elizabeth II as the monarch for our whole lives, and this evening many will be feeling a deep sense of loss and sadness.  

Her Majesty supported the work of schools and colleges and the transformative impact that education has on young people.  At Greenhead College we were very proud to be awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize twice; for our contribution to student monitoring and performance in 1996 and for enrichment in 2000.  

We have now entered a period of national mourning that will continue until the end of the State Funeral.  The guidance I have received from the Department for Education this evening is that schools and further education colleges should remain open.  We are planning a silence in commemoration of Her Majesty The Queen’s life to be held next week and more details will follow shortly.  

As you’ll be aware, the official date of the State Funeral is Monday, 19 September 2022. This day will be a bank holiday and the College will be closed on this day.
As a mark of respect, we will be holding a period of silence at break time in the main hall on Thursday, 15 September.  

If any student feels they need any extra support, they should speak to their Personal Tutor or any other member of staff.   

Best wishes,