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Welcome to Boston Spa Academy

At Elliott Hudson College we are very excited about our partnership with Boston Spa Academy. It is our combined ambition to create a truly world class Post 16 experience in outer east Leeds. The strength of our partnership lies in our shared vision for the delivery of a rigorous academic curriculum and the development of a supportive and aspirational college culture. Both Elliott Hudson College and Boston Spa Academy have demonstrated that they are amongst the highest performing Post 16 providers in the city and wider region. Together, our values will allow students to achieve academic qualifications and personal development which will support their progression to world class universities and careers of choice and significance. We will aim to provide the very best academic education possible and make a significant investment in student facilities - I hope that you want to join us.

With my best wishes

David G.

Holtham Principal, EHC

About us


Our mission is to ensure that young people in the Leeds city region enjoy access to truly inspirational academic post 16 education. We do this by creating a culture that demands and supports excellence. Through collaboration with Elliott Hudson College - one of the leading post 16 providers locally and nationally – we will build our excellent reputation that comes from the exceptional progress that students make, to transform the sixth form provision in north Leeds. By focusing on academic rigour and a curriculum that opens doors to some of the best universities in the country, we are committed to providing the platform for students to achieve their best and to progress with confidence, to the next stage of their lives.


Our curriculum offers a wide range of subjects at A-Level and BTEC (Level 3). The aim is to cater for every student from those wishing to follow traditional academic subjects to those more suited to vocational subjects. The curriculum offer is reviewed annually following consultation with our students in Year 10 in order to ensure it is relevant and meets the needs of our next cohort, allowing progression from the KS4 curriculum as well as introducing a number of new subjects.

A-Levels are assessed by exams, with coursework and assessed practicals in some subjects.  BTECs are assessed throughout the year by assignments set by the teachers.

Facilities available

From Maths to Media, Physics to Performing Arts, we've got top-class teaching facilities for more than 25 courses, allowing you to pursue your interests and work towards achieving your dreams - whatever they may be.

Our sports facilities are used by Leeds United for their football academy. And that's before you get to our fitness suite, dance studio and media centre with Macs.   

Our out-of-town setting means we're not competing for space with hundreds of other establishments. We've been able to develop our way of doing things just as we want to. You'll have the space and time to work out how you like to do things as well.

Whatever you choose to study, we want to make sure that you're equipped to use your skills in the real world. Our dedicated professional careers support can help you explore your options, while our vocational courses are as much about achieving the right mindset as gaining the necessary skills for your chosen profession.

We have a dark room, digital photography studio with studio lighting and green screen, and dedicated sixth form art studio which is unique to our school.   

Additional support

On entering the Sixth Form each student is allocated to a tutor group with a specialist Achievement Leader.   The Sixth Form staff are a very experienced team who focus directly on student learning and achievement.  They have had extensive training and are given additional free time during the week to follow up individual student needs.  Supporting the Achievement Leaders are the Head of Sixth Form, Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Sixth Form Administrator and the Student Services team.

To help achieve the best possible results, all students are allocated Minimum Target Grades based on their GCSE performance.  Students are then regularly monitored against these targets to ensure they are making good progress.  Throughout the year teachers record written reports on progress and offer guidance on how to improve on current performance. Students meet their Achievement Leaders every half-term for a one-to-one discussion on their progress. There is a Parents’ Evenings in January, and regualr contact home.

Each week students will have a timetabled tutorial lesson focused on induction, improving academic performance, the university and employment application process and some Personal, Social & Health Education.  The Sixth Form staff are the students’ advocates, performance coaches and also write any references which may be called for.

The focus of the Sixth Form tutorial programme very much reflects the belief that each student is an individual, an exception and a person to be valued.  Consequently it is very flexible and responsive to the individual needs of students.

Learner success

Here are some reasons why you should choose Boston Spa Sixth Form:

  • Our large and diverse range of courses at A Level and Level 3 BTEC
  • Smaller class sizes than other local schools and colleges which can develop strong teacher/student relationships and indiviual support.
  • Curriculum time is 5 hours per A level subject each week and built in study periods around curriculum time.
  • Strong preparation and guidance for employment and Higher Education coached by Achievement Leaders. 95% UCAS Success
  • Extra-Curricular activities such as expeditions to the Borneo.
  • Facilities including a sixth form silent study area, dedicated sixth form computer suits and social area
  • Our Average Points per Entry score is significantly higher than other sixth forms in the local authority. This equates to a student achieving a grade higher than they would elsewhere in the subjects that they study with us. 

Hannah Sharpe AAA Medicine Nottingham

Anna Williams AAA Zoology  Sheffield

Euan Dunlop AAA Veterinary Medicine Nottingham

Abbey Iveson ABB Politics Glasgow

Sena Aydin ABB Politics Sheffield

Sam Allanach ABB History Sheffield

Ben Boulton AAA Motorsport Engineering Coventry

Toby Hirst A*AA Politics Durham

Josh Wallis A*BD* Accounting and Finance Sheffield

Daniel Jennings A*AB Chemical Engineering Bath

Gabriella Reid AAB History Nottingham

Megan Law AAC, A* in EPQ Anthropology Durham

Erin Lees AAB Chemical Engineering Sheffield

Beth Adamson AAB Law with French Birmingham

Joe Lawson A*AC Gap year

Abbie Jones ABC Politics Hull

Tom Blakey A*BB Business with Intl. Management Northampton

Freya Hopkins ABB Political Science Birmingham

Courtney Thackrah D*D*D* Social Care, Justice & Recovery Leeds Met

Sephora Ndombasi D*D*D* Forensic Science De Montfort

Christabelle Day BCC, A in the EPQ Chartered Surveying Higher Level Apprenticeship

How to apply

You can apply for courses at Boston Spa Academy through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 14 November 2018
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