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Welcome to Garforth Academy

All subjects offered at this centre are planned courses for 2017, the running of all courses is dependent on student numbers.


Due to A Level reform we are currently considering our approach to A and AS levels being decoupled, as this is a transitional period we will update our course structures when more information becomes available.

Garforth Academy has a well established reputation for outstanding Post 16 Provision. We remain one of the top performing schools in the north of England.

We want all of our students to achieve their potential and we make sure that there are no limitations or barriers to reaching the highest possible standards of academic, social and personal development.

We have a hugely talented and committed staff team, with a range of well qualified and dedicated professionals to make sure that our curriculum, guidance, care and support meets the different needs of every young person, and we pride ourselves on having high expectations which ensures that our students are well organised, caring and supportive of each other and also personally ambitious.

Our strong tradition of success is built on a firm foundation of strong pastoral care, and we ensure a climate for learning which is calm, well ordered and secure, and focused on achievement and success.

Ofsted (December 2013) - 'The sixth form is outstanding. Excellent teaching is driving up standards and rapidly accelerating progress'.

'Students make outstanding progress because of outstanding teaching, particularly in the sixth form'.

'Aspirations and expectations are high for all their students'.



About us

With over 50 full and part time course options and opportunities now on offer, choosing the right course can seem like a daunting task. However, at Garforth Academy we will do our best to help you to make the right choices and give you the positive and helpful advice you require to make a success of your future.
We currently offer an extensive range of subjects, at AS & A2 levels and vocational courses and we are continuously looking to update and extend our provision. We pride ourselves on our innovative view of education and our ability to offer such a wide range of courses and learning opportunities.
A full list of courses can be found on our website at


Facilities available

The Academy has excellent sports facilities with an all-weather pitch which facilitates the many sports teams and activities which run. Students in the PE and Sports Science Courses are very involved in extra-curricular activities with younger students, and this helps in gaining additional coaching skills and certificates. Many of our sports related students progress from Garforth to sports related courses at leading Higher Education institutions.
ICT facilities are excellent with Wi fi throughout the Sixth Form. Banks of laptops/Ipads are used in Sixth Form teaching, in addition to the purpose built ICT suite of classrooms, and the ICT provision in the Library/Resource area. These resources are not only available to ICT students, but to all Sixth Form students.
Students study a variety of interrelated subjects which have their own specialised resource area. Drama, Dance, Music, Art, Media and Technology all have specialist areas and resources to support these courses. Students are able to use these areas within their contact teaching time and outside of timetabled lessons to develop their learning.
The Academy also has excellent off-site facilities for Hair & Beauty which are located in close proximity to the main school campus.


Additional support

Student Support is excellent. Each student is assigned a personal progress tutor often linked to their major subject specialism. This allows the tutor to have a better understanding of the curriculum demands expected of each student. These tutors have day to day responsibility to support and monitor each student so that problems are avoided and progress is good. In addition, academic progress is supported by a study support tutor who monitors student academic progress and then offers intervention strategies to help students who might not be progressing as well as expected. Reports are issued to parents 3 times a year to help better identify any potential issues and deal with them before they become insurmountable. A Sixth Form pastoral leader and progress leader are also available to support students through any other issues which might be limiting their progress. Retention figures are well above the national average because of these measures, and student satisfaction is high.

Learner success

Student success at Garforth is measured by the progress which each individual student makes and the benefit which they gain from their time at Garforth Academy Sixth Form. As our retention and completion rate is very high, then most students benefit initially from completing their course. Additionally the high level of performance of students at Garforth Academy ensures that our students are in the best possible position to apply for and obtain the best positions in employment and on courses of Higher Education.
Every year, students from Garforth gain places at the most prestigious Universities including Oxford and Cambridge. Each year students go on to study Medicine, Veterinary Science and other very competitive subjects. Around 60% of our Year 13 goes directly on to Higher Education with an additional15% taking an Arts based foundation year leading to a degree. Other students take a route which involves employment integrating day release for study at a local University. Careers guidance ensures that all students leave Garforth with a career direction mapped out.
High academic performance allows these choices to be made, but success is also measured by the personal development which is evident during the time spent at Garforth Academy Sixth Form. The development of good study skills including independent learning ensure that students will continue to be successful well after they have completed their courses. Universities and Employers regularly write to the College to inform us of the success of ex-Garforth Students.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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