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Welcome to Crawshaw Academy


Crawshaw is a mixed 11-18 academy with a comprehensive intake; the majority of whom live in the Pudsey area. We have strong links with the Pudsey community and work in partnership with Priesthorpe School and Pudsey Grangefield School at Post 16 level.

The Academy opened on 1st September 2014 as a member of Interserve Academies Trust. This relationship with Interserve, a successful company with strong local links and it's partnership with the Red Kite Teaching Schools Alliance means that Crawshaw Academy now has access to fantastic training and resources to ensure our students benefit from the very best practice nationally.

For further information about the school, please visit our website or telephone the school on 0113 3368540.





About us

Welcome to the Pudsey Post 16 Confederation.

We are made up of the three Pudsey secondary schools, Crawshaw Academy, Priesthorpe School and Pudsey Grangefield School and we combine to offer the widest possible range of course choices to our students, regardless of home school, whilst retaining the distinct character of each of our three schools. We have a wealth of experience in working together across each of our three schools and have a commitment in continuing to develop the curriculum and support that we offer to our Post 16 students.

We share an inclusive and student centred ethos, know our students well and work together to ensure good communication, common systems and equal access to all areas of the curriculum for all our students. Across the three centres we offer a wide range of expertise in teaching and learning, whether students are accessing traditional A Levels, vocational qualifications or resit opportunities in the essentials such as GCSE English and Maths.

We understand that Post 16 presents a new level of challenge to all students and ensure that we provide high quality and timely support to students who are at risk of falling behind with their studies. At the same time, we are keen to challenge our students to achieve their full potential and support them in progressing into Higher Education, apprenticeship and employment opportunities including Oxbridge and Russell Group institutions.

The Pudsey Post 16 Confederation operates an 'open door' policy. Prospective students and their parents or carers are welcome to contact us at any time to discuss the opportunities and challenges we are keen to provide for our students, in order to support them on the next stage of their journey with us. We relish the opportunity to provide the continuity students have enjoyed as members of our three schools in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, but are also keen to welcome students from outside our three schools who would like to join us at Post 16.


Facilities available

The Pudsey Confederation offers a wealth of courses and we are sure you'll be able to find the combination that best suits you. We offer a mixture of A Level course and BTEC Level 3 (equivalent to A Levels but follow a more vocational pathway).

Our students are encouraged to undertake the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The EPQ allows our students to study a topic area which extends their learning in their own field of study, a related area or is relevant to their own personal interests.The EPQ is started at the beginning of Y13 and is highly regarded by universities and employers.

Students generally study three Level A levels or BTEC equivalent qualifications over 2 years. 

The A Level courses are currently in the process of being reformed. The following A Level subjects have been reformed already: Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science (formerly Computing), Economics, English Language, English Language and Literature, History, Physics, Psychology and Sociology. These courses still have the option for certification at the end of AS but unlike their previous versions the marks gained during the AS external exams do not contribute to the final grade in that subject. The value of the AS has also been reduced to 40% from the previous 50%.

The next group of A Levels to change are Drama and Theatre, Geography, French, Spanish, Music, PE and Religious Studies. Once these specifications have been reformed further information will be provided.

The BTEC course specifications have changed with effect from September 2016. The two main changes are as follows: firstly you will have to study the course for the full 2 years to gain any qualification. Secondly there will be an externally assessed unit in the form of an exam.

If you have been unsuccessful in achieving a C grade in GCSE English/Maths you will have the opportunity to continue to study GCSE resit English/Maths at Post 16.

In addition to academic study we also deliver a bespoke range of CIAG activities throughout the year which includes a one week work experience placement towards the end of year 12. 

Additional support

Deciding to go into Sixth Form is a big decision – a leap into the unknown. It is a critical time in your life; it sets you up for big changes in future work and study. It is also a time when lots of things are happening outside of school for you. From day one at Crawshaw we will provide you with the support, care and guidance you need to allow you to develop into a successful, confident and happy young person.

For SEND students we provide a bespoke course to suit individual needs. This may be a mix of appropriate academic/ vocational areas of study plus additional opportunities such as through Leeds City College. Please contact the Post 16 depeartment in school to discuss further. 

All students are supported by our highly qualified team - Ms Catherine Pheasey - Assistant Principal, Employability & Progression, Mrs Michelle Potter - Post 16 Year Manager, Mrs Madeline Wyspianski - Post 16 Administrator along with a team of Sixth Form Achievement Tutors.

At Crawshaw, your Achievement Tutor is central to your life in school. You meet with them for am and pm registration, and for one hour per fortnight for Guidance. Your Achievement Tutor will provide you with the information, advice and guidance needed to ensure you progress as smoothly as possible through life in the Sixth Form. Your Achievement Tutor will also guide you through the UCAS process of applying to university, if that is your aim.

Quality time with your Achievement Tutor is used for setting targets and monitoring progress. If you are not meeting targets we will discuss, and agree appropriate intervention strategies. Our aim is to make sure no one is left behind.

Learner success

We are very proud of our exam successes. 

In 2016, 68% of Y13 students achieved at least three A Levels at grade A*-E.

59% of students achieved grades A*-B (or equivalences) in all subjects.

For four consequtive years all Y13 students who applied to university were accepted onto either their first or second choice place.

In Year 12, 98% of our students chose to stay on for Year 13 and follow Level 3 courses either as A levels or Level 3 BTEC’s. 2% of students completed their AS levels and continued their education at college.

During your time in the sixth form, students are supported to develop into socially and emotionally mature and reflective young adults. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and have good opportunities to acquire skills that will help them to progress into Higher Education, apprenticeships or employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 October 2016
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