Principal’s June 2019 newsletter

This online newsletter aims to provide information on some upcoming events and highlight recent College successes.

A2 exams and results day

Our A2 students have recently completed their studies and are now undertaking final exams.  I would like to wish them the best of luck and hope they receive the grades they are seeking.  If students are anxious about any of their forthcoming exams, our staff, including teachers, personal tutors, the learning support and careers teams, College counsellors, and the senior team, are here to help.  Our doors are always open.

Results day will be on Thursday, 15 August, with results available via Exams Apex from 7.00am.  I recently wrote to all A2 students and their parents and carers with detailed information about the day.  Parents and carers are strongly encouraged to be at home when their son/daughter has access to his/her results.  The Senior Leadership Team will be available in College on results day in person, by phone or an online chat from 7.00am. Some Tutors and Careers Advisers will also be available from 8.00am so that students can access comprehensive support and guidance if required.  Further information about results day will be published on our website prior to 15 August. 

The following link (from this website) will also take you to some important web addresses and phone numbers:  Please look for the ‘Other Sources of Support’ link, which has updated information, including apps, to help with student wellbeing.  This link from UCAS is also really useful: 

Parent/carer survey

I would be grateful if parents and carers of A2 students could complete a very short online questionnaire which can be accessed via the link here or by completing and returning the paper version which was posted out recently.

Our A1 students resume their studies on Monday, 3 June for the next six weeks.  During this part of the term, a very important event in the College calendar will take place, which is the PaWS Week (w/c Monday, 17 June).  I wish all our A1 students success with their placement or project, and hope this will be a rewarding experience.

PaWS week

For more information about our PaWS week please visit the PaWS section of our website.

Year 10 taster mornings and Year 11 bridging days

It’s that time of year again when we give a warm welcome to students who will be joining us in August 2020.  A series of taster mornings for year 10 students from local schools will be taking place on Thursday, 27 June, Friday, 28 June, Monday, 1 July and Tuesday, 2 July.  I look forward to welcoming our prospective new students at one of these events and feel sure that the morning will convince them that Greenhead is the number one A Level College in the region!

Year 11 students will have recently completed their GCSE lessons and are embarking on all-important exams.  I know what a stressful time this is for young people and wish them every success in your GCSEs.  I am really looking forward to seeing our new year group at one of the bridging days, which are on Wednesday, 10 July and Thursday, 11 July.  The day will be an excellent opportunity for new students to sample their A Level subjects and enrichment options, and get acclimatised to Greenhead before the summer holiday.

Examiner Community Awards 2019

Winners were recently announced for the Examiner Community Awards 2019. The Young Personality Award was posthumously given to Carly Blackburn, who sadly passed away in March following a very brave battle against cancer.  The Sports Team Award was given to our women’s hockey team.  The awards, held last month at John Smith’s Stadium, were a real celebration of Huddersfield and Kirklees communities, and a celebration of dedication, triumph and courage. 


Term dates

A reminder that term ends for our current A1 students on Tuesday, 9 July.  Their lessons will resume on Tuesday, 3 September.

Finally, for new A1 students, enrolment will take place between Tuesday, 27 and Thursday, 29 August, with term commencing on Monday, 2 September.


As this is the last newsletter of 2018-19, I would like to close by expressing my thanks to a number of groups of people.  Firstly, thanks to all the students whose high aspirations and willingness to work cooperatively with each other, staff and the local community is brilliant to see.  It has also been a huge privilege to meet prospective students and their teachers at numerous assemblies and open events held in College and local schools during the last few months.  I hope to see them at Greenhead in the months and years ahead.  To parents and carers; my thanks for their support across the year and invaluable advice and suggestions.  And finally, thank you to the staff and governors of Greenhead College for their magnificent service in support of our students.