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Welcome to Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley

We are delighted to introduce you to Prince Henry's Grammar School, the first Specialist Language College in the Leeds area.

For over 400 years Prince Henry's Grammar School has served the young people of our local communities.  We are proud of our school's history, which dates back to its Royal Charter of 1607.

However, Prince Henry's is also very much a modern community comprehensive school.  We seek to achieve the best for all our students, whatever their abilities and talents, through innovation in teaching and learning, a broad and stimulating curriculum and a technologically rich learning environment.

Prince Henry's is a high achieving, caring school with a vibrant atmosphere.  We are committed to developing our students personally as well as academically, and we value students who accept the challenge of improvement in all spheres of their life.

Our vision is to establish a high achieving, vibrant and caring learning community where each individual students feels valued, enjoys learning and can achieve beyond his/her potential through excellent relationships and an ethos of challenge, high expectations and support.  As a historic yet innovative community comprehensive school, Prince Henry's aims to draw upon our proud heritage, reinforcing the traditional values of hard work, discipline and the desire for excellence whilst also constantly looking to be at the forefront of educational progress.  We aim to provide a stimulating curriculum which meets the needs and aspirations of each individual, and rich and varied opportunities to develop personally as well as academically.

As a Specialist Language College, we want our young people to appreciate the richness and diversity of the world, and to have a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities as citizens of the global community.

In partnership which parents and our local community we want to develop students who:

  • are self-disciplined and motivated;
  • are proud of their school;
  • have respect for themselves and others;
  • show concern for the well being of others;
  • set their sights high and strive to achieve their best;
  • have a strong sense of community and the contribution they can make;
  • are fully prepared for life, work and leisure in the ever-changing world of the 21st century

About us

Prince Henry's has been awarded the "Inclusion Chartermark" in recognition of its commitment to meeting the specific needs of all students.  " The curriculum is broad and balanced, very well suited to the needs of all students and underpinned by a commitment to equality of access for all" - Ofsted 2004.

Positive Discipline is central to the life of our school, and ensures that students aspire to the very highest standards, in terms of effort, behaviour, attendance and personal organisation.  Likewise our smart school uniform promotes a sense of pride, and students have a responsibility to themselves and to each other to ensure that the good name and reputation of the school are preserved and developed. 

In 1999 Prince Henry's achieved Language College status enabling us to broaden the language-learning opportunities of our students and the local community. 

We recognise the importance of establishing and maintaining positive relationships between home and school if students are to achieve maximum success.  The Student Planner is at the core of communication between subject staff, form tutor and parents.

We run our own Community Education Programme for the benefit of the Community.  The programme includes a wide range of leisure, creative, healthy living and computer courses open to all ages and abilities.  Prince Henry's also offers one of the widest range of language courses in the area.  

Prince Henry's is very much a part of Otley and the wider community.  Its history and traditions make it the concern of the community, who value the schools good name and guard its interests.


Facilities available

We are currently building a new Sixth Form Area, where Sixth Formers will be able to work and socialise in their own Sixth Form Coffee bar and seminar area. The school and area is accessible to those with mobility problems.

Central to the success of our school is high quality teaching and learning, coupled with a rich and varied curriculum which is designed to enable each individual student to reach their full potential.

In Key Stage 3 (Years 7,8 & 9) all students follow the same broad curriculum: Art, English, French or German, Geography, History, ICT, Maths, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Science, Spanish (from Year 8) and Technology.  In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) in addition to the core curriculum, students can select the subjects which particularly interest them.  Alternative pathways, including vocational programmes, a Work Related  Learning course and college based options are also available.

Prince Henry's has facilities for the pursuit of a variety of traditional team and individual sports.  The Sports Centre comprises a Sports Hall, a Gymnasium and the use of a recently improved 25 metre Swimming Pool.  Tarmaced and grassed areas are available on site and we also have the Wharfemeadows site which has rugby, soccer and cricket pitches.

PSHE and Citizenship are delivered through half termly "Enhanced Curriculum Days"

The vast majority of students opting to continue their studies post-16 choose to do so at Prince Henry's.  It is our intention that each student who applies for entry to the Sixth Form is treated as an individual and that opportunities are made available for personal interviews as required.  Form Tutors, academic staff and the Connexions office are happy to discuss post 16 courses and the opportunities they offer.

As a Specialist Language College Prince Henry's is able to provide the very best provision for learning Modern Foreign Languages. We are proud to have the most technologically advanced language learning environment in the area, with access to video conferencing facilities, satellite television, interactive whiteboards and a multi media ICT suite/language laboratory

Additional support

At Prince Henry's we believe that children best realise their potential when they feel safe, secure and happy at school.  It is important that every child feels cared for and that they know precisely to whom they can turn if they have a problem.  Every student at the school is a member of a Tutor Group and it is the Form Tutor who is at the forefront of the pastoral care system and who will oversee the social development and academic progress of each individual in that group.

The school is known throughout the area for the quality of work of its Special Educational Needs team, which provides support for any student who experiences learning difficulties.  Some students are supported in class through a dedicated team of Teaching Assistants whilst others may be withdrawn on a short term basis and taught in small groups in the Learning Support Unit.  Likewise, specific provision is made for "Gifted and Talented" students.

The school has a robust Child Protection Policy and all staff receive training relevant to their role at Induction and throughout employment here.  Procedures follow those recommended by Education Leeds and any parent wishing to view this policy may do so on request.

The Governors have approved a policy which is intended to raise the awareness of the problems of bullying, to set out strategies for coping with these and to encourage incidents to be reported to Form Tutors.  Parents/Carers are asked to report any concerns they may have to Form Tutors

Learner success

Examination results this year have been extremely good with many new courses being assessed for the first time. At A-level 21 out of 26 courses obtained 100% pass rates and at GCSE another 20 courses obtained the same pass rate. The BTEC courses in Art, Media Studies, Business, Animal Care, Public Services Preparation, Horticulture and Construction all obtained the maximum number of grades equivalent to GCSE’s and provide much wider opportunities for all the students at Prince Henry’s Grammar School.


How to apply

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Last updated date: 19 November 2014
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