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Welcome to Co-op Academy Priesthorpe


Priesthorpe is a popular and successful Secondary school that prides itself on being at the heart of the community it serves. We are a Co-operative Foundation School and part of the Leeds Co-Operative Schools Network.

A commitment to consistently high quality teaching and learning and good behaviour provides a platform to deliver an exciting, innovative and personalised curriculum. This enables our students to be the best that they can be, achieve excellent outcomes and develop into citizens of the future who are well equipped for the world of work and beyond. 

The school has a very special ethos that visitors continue to comment on, and it is the excellent care and support, meeting the individual needs of our students, that was reflected when the school was awarded the Inclusion Chartermark. Put simply, we care deeply about our students. 

Collaboration plays a key role in improving student achievement. As one of the three Pudsey Secondary schools, who together form the Pudsey Confederation, we share post 16 provision and are thus able to offer opportunities for students to study a wider range of subjects. In July 2012, Priesthorpe secured Co-operative Trust Status. We are very excited about creating and developing opportunities to work formally with other schools and businesses that share a common ethos and values with us, and who have a collective desire to maximise student outcomes. 

A wealth of learning takes place at Priesthorpe beyond the classroom. £15 million of recent investment in facilities ensures that opportunities to further engage in Sport, Drama and Music, for example, are plentiful. As a Sports College, we provide the focal point of much of the sporting activity within our community. 

Please feel free to visit us during the working day, when you can see classes being taught and witness at first hand the atmosphere within the school. Simply telephone to let us know a convenient time.

Our Vision

In October 2014 our full Governing Body adopted a new Vision Statement, which we believe sums up both the ethos of today's Priesthorpe, and what we are striving to achieve:-

Our vision is to inspire generations of Priesthorpe students to enjoy their learning, fulfil their potential and leave school equipped and motivated to contribute fully to life within their own community and beyond.

About us

Welcome to the Pudsey Post-16 Confederation.

We are made up of the three Pudsey secondary schools, Crawshaw, Priesthorpe and Pudsey Grangefield, 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 the three schools, and have a commitment to continuing to develop the curriculum and support 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 re-sit opportunities in the essentials such as GCSE English and Maths.

We understand that Post-16 study presents a new level of challenge to all students, and ensure we provide high-quality and timely support to students 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 to progress to worth-while 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 during 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 will be able to find the combination that best suits you. We offer a mixture of A level courses and Applied courses, including BTEC level 3 and Cambridge Technical (which are equivalent to A levels yet follow a more vocational pathway). Students take 3 subjects and study them for the duration of their two-year programme. Our students are also required to undertake enrichment activities both inside and outside of school. One of the opportunities on offer for suitable candidates is 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 towards the end of our students’ first year of study and is supported by Southampton Universities MOOC. The EPQ is highly regarded by universities and employers.
The A level courses have been through a significant change over the past two years, with all courses now reverting to linear examinations i.e. all A-Level exams are sat in the summer of the second year. As a school we do not enter students for AS levels, instead we have rigorous internal assessments in the final half term of Year 1. The results of which determine both entry into Year 2 of A-levels and students predicted grade for their UCAS applications. Level 3 Applied courses have also been reformed and all now include vital external examinations. For students looking to study at top universities, including Russell Group Universities, we strongly recommend choosing to study at least two facilitating subjects. Facilitating subjects offered here are: Mathematics, English Literature, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography and History.
If you are unlucky enough not to have achieved a grade 4 in English or Maths you will have to continue to study them at Post 16.


Additional support

We are not only about further academic qualifications, to ensure you stand out from the crowd in your next application, whether to University or the world of work, we offer a varied enrichment programme. Below is a list of just some of the activities that will help you develop into a rounded considerate citizen of Great Britain:



Support in lessons,

Primary students Science practical day,

Open evenings,

Year 6 transition day,


Sports leaders,

School play,

PGFM radio,

University open days

UCAS Convention

Subject specific university visits

Speakers from work and universities

Work experience

CV writing

Apprenticeship fairs

Interview practice

Personal statement workshops

Celebration events

Employability skills


Learner success

In 2017 the performance of our Year 13 leavers was comparable to similar centres in academic qualifications, and above similar centres in vocational.  
In 2017 63% of our students secured a place to study at Higher Education Institutions, including a number securing a place in highly competitive fields such as nursing.  We had the highest number of students to date take up employment and apprenticeships, with 29% taking this pathway.

How to apply

You can apply for courses at Co-op Academy Priesthorpe through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 29 July 2018
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