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Welcome to Queensbury School

Queensbury School is a 11 - 19 mixed comprehensive school, just on the edge of Bradford. We have gained specialist school status in Mathematics and ICT, and cater for students of all abilites.

During Year 11 and beyond, you will need to make many important decisions that affect the direction you take in your future career. In Post 16 you will want to gain the best possible qualifications in an environment that gives you all the help, encouragement and support that you need. We offer both one year and two year courses in Post 16 to suit all different types of needs.

Queensbury is a fabulous place to study at Post 16. It is a thriving community within the school and students have every opportunity to stretch their wings.

Queensbury recognises that you will want to choose from a wide range of subjects and type of course.Your time in Post 16 will be a step towards the next stage in your career. We want you to achieve your best, and believe you thoroughly deserve to fulfil your aspirations. Post 16 students at Queensbury School are well motivated and the teachers have good subject expertise. Support and pastoral care are good, and the Post 16 curriculum has been effectively expanded.

We welcome students who want to achieve and we have a strong tradition for sending students on to university, apprenticeships and training courses. We encourage you to continue to strive to improve upon the success of past students. Good Luck!    

About us

Dear Student

Thank you for your interest in Queensbury School. This prospectus will give you an idea of what courses and opportunities are open to you if you decide to become a member of Queensbury Post-16.

Why should Queensbury be the natural place for you to study?

1.   You will receive the very best in terms of specialist teachers.

2.   The information, advice and guidance we give to students before they join, during the time they are in Post-16 and at the end to ensure everyone gets the place they want is first class.

3.   Our tracking of student progress over the two years means everyone achieves their personal best.

4.   For students who are already here Post-16 offers you continuity with teachers you know and a school that cares about your success and ambitions.

I hope this prospectus will answer your questions, including how to apply to become part of a highly successful Post-16.

This website will give you a flavour of what we believe in and of the opportunities we offer to our students. Queensbury School is a comprehensive school maintained by the Bradford Council. We admit boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 19. We are a specialist school for Mathematics and ICT.

We are proud of our reputation as a school which is popular with parents and students alike and for many years more students have wished to come to Queensbury than there are places. The reasons for our success and popularity include our belief in the traditional values of disciplined learning and hard work within a caring environment.  At the same time we take advantage of the best of current thinking to ensure that the education we provide will equip our young people for the demands of the new millennium.

At Queensbury School we are fortunate to have an excellent team of dedicated and well-qualified specialist teachers and associate staff and the support of a strong Governing Body. Our principal aim is to ensure that each student of Queensbury School achieves his or her full potential while developing into a responsible and confident member of the community.


Facilities available

We have a great range of facilities for our Post 16 students including an excellent range of ICT & Mathematics resources through our Specialist School Status. We have dedicated & specialist resources & rooms in all the subject areas delivered at Queensbury.

The Mathematics and Accounting department have refurbished class rooms dedicated to the deliver of A Level courses. They all have internet linked projectors, and the department use the exciting My Maths online learning programme to support student learning.

The Science department have a range of specialist labs with state of the Art equipment to support student learning.

Students in Post 16 are able to drop into the Cyber Cafe 8-4pm to use the excellent ICT facilities to complete coursework, homework and research projects. We have recently added a new Post 16 study room linked to the Cyber Cafe after consulatation with Post 16 students.

Each subject area has dedicated class rooms and learning areas to support and facilitate student learning.

Many of our class rooms have internet linked projectors & white boards. We have a well established & successful track record in delivering a wide range of A Levels & other qualifications through good quality resourcing.

We have state of the art imacs with animation software, video camera's and digital camera's which are used by subject areas for a range of uses.

The majority of our class rooms have projectors with internet connections to facilitate the delivery of interactive lessons.

Additional support

We have a very successful form tutor system for Post 16 students & excellent guidance & support from subject experts. We have regular data colections & monitor & track student progress vigorously. We work closely with Aspire-i staff to give complehensive careers advice throughout their time in Post 16.

We have a highly developed tracking and monitoring system to facilitate student progress. This includes four reviews per year where students and teaching staff meet one-to-one to discuss progress and agree new targets for further improvement. Students who need extra academic support are placed on the coaching programme where additional advice and support is given to ensure speedy progress.

Our support for students applying to university is good, with a complehensive range of trips, visiting speakers and support for all students applying through UCAS. This process starts in Year 12 and extends through to December in Year 13.

Learner success

 This year our Pass Rate at A Level is 96%. We have high expectations for all our students in Year 12 and Year 13.

Courses That We Offer

The courses and qualifications on this web site are those we plan to offer students in September. Changes to course details or to the list of subjects available may need to be made from time to time for a variety of reasons.

Entry Requirements

To study A Levels you will need a minimum of 5 A* to C’s (preferably B’s in chosen A Level subjects) at GCSE level or equivalent, including at least a grade C in GCSE English. Subjects also have individual entry requirements and these are outlined on the subject details pages, and in the table below:


Minimum Entry Requirement


 Art - C grade in GCSE Art or Pass in Btec Art

Biology - BB grades in Double Science?BBB in Triple Science and grade C in GCSE Mathemeatics

Business Btec - Pass in Btec Business

Chemistry - BB grades in Double GCSE Science/BBB in GCSE Triple Science and grade C in GCSE Mathematics

Design Technology - C grade in GCSE Design Technology & grade C in GCSE Maths

English Language - B grade in GCSE English Language

English Literature - B grade in GCSE English Literature

Further Mathematics - A grade in GCSE Mathematics. Can only be taken aloingside AS/A2 Mathematics

Geography - GCSE Geography grace C & GCSE English Language grade C

Health & Social Care Btec - Merit in Btec Health & Social Care & grade B in GCSE English

History -  Grade B in GCSE English Language

ICT (A Level) B grade in OCR National Level 2 ICT/grade C in GCSE ICT

ICT (Cambridge Teachnicals Level 3) - C grade in OCR National Level 2 ICT/grade C in GCSE ICT

Law - B grade in GCSE English Language and English Literature

Mathematics - B grade in GCSE Mathematics

Physics - BB grade in GCSE Double Science/BBB in triple Science, plus B grade in GCSE Mathematics

Psychology - B grade in GCSE Psychology, or a grade B in GCSE English, and a grade B in GCSE Mathematics

Sociology - B grade in GCSE Sociology or B grade in GCSE English Language/English Literature

Sport & PE Btec - B grade in GCSE PE or Merit in Btec

Forensic Science Btec - CC grades in GCSE Double Science or a Merit in the Level 2 Btec Diploma

*Sometimes we have to make changes to the offer of courses

If you are an external applicant we would welcome an application from you . All who wish to study at Queensbury you will need to fulfill the following criteria:
  • Prove that you have the right study skills to be successful
  • Show that you have a very good attendance record
  • Have a good behavioural record
  • Meet the academic entry requirements as above and below
To progress from Year 12 into Year 13 you will need to gain a minimum of three AS Level passes not including EPQ, plus completion of your Progression Module, taking through only subjects with a grade A-E - you will only be able to continue onto A2 courses if you have passed the AS in that subject.
To progress from a one year Level 2 course onto a full AS Level course you will need to gain 5 GCSE (or equivalent) grade C's or above, including a grade C in GCSE English.  Subjects have individual subject based entry requirements which you will need to meet, and these are outlined on the subject pages.
To study a one year Level 2 course you will need to have achieved Level 1.


How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Queensbury School directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2017
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