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Welcome to Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College

Minsthorpe Community College

Join the Minsthorpe Way!

Minsthorpe Community College is going places. The College became an Academy in 2011 and was judged ‘Good’ by Ofsted in March 2014. Our mission is to seek to continually to improve the quality of education that we provide and this is all about helping teachers to give lessons that genuinely engage learners in the process of learning and developing skills and competencies that will enable them to succeed in the twenty first century workplace. Success for young people in this competitive world demands that they are able to learn, unlearn and relearn and we pride ourselves on teaching our students how to think for themselves. We want every young person here to have a ‘can do ‘attitude, an attitude that does not fear failure but that learns from it.

The College sits at the heart of the local community and welcomes people to the Sports and Fitness Centre, the Happy Days Crèche and the Training and Conference Centre. In addition the College is a nationally recognised quality provider of teacher training both as part of the Wakefield Learning Community and also as the hub school for the Minsthorpe Consortium and the Three Counties Alliance School-centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). We are proud to be helping to develop the teachers of tomorrow

Always believe that you can achieve

This is the student motto and it was created by the students themselves. At Minsthorpe we believe that intelligence is learnable. It is expandable-not fixed- and achievement is the product of hard work. The key to expandable intelligence lies far more in the self-belief of students than it does in any ideas about innate ability. At Minsthorpe we stress that putting the effort into learning is a win-win situation- students’ make real progress and strengthen their intelligence as a result.

Travelling- The Minsthorpe Way

You can deliver a curriculum but you cannot deliver values- you can only do this by living them and staff and students are guided by a set of core values: Believe; Achieve; Succeed; Enjoy; Support. These are called The Minsthorpe Way and every student who successfully travels this road with us will know that, in doing so, that they have covered all the bases. All adults (teachers, support staff, governors, and parents) work in partnership and expect our students to strive for excellence. Target grades are aspirational- meeting them is a given; exceeding them the aim. For us education is a joint enterprise. We are all in this together- we all celebrate Minsthorpe’s achievements and we are all responsible for its failures: everybody matters, everybody succeeds, and everybody helps. By involving everyone in ensuring that all are enabled to achieve, the college creates communities which share in the success of all when the highest of aspirational targets are set and met. We recognise the truth behind the African perception that "if you want to walk fast, walk alone; but if you want to walk far then walk together" and value the contributions of everybody in the college in achieving our goals.

Minsthorpe Community College's mission is to change for the better the lives and life chances of all members of our community. In order to achieve this we are committed to the achievement of rapid educational transformation within the college through the development of outstanding practice based upon sustainable collaboration. Minsthorpe Community College aims to be a college in which all children are enabled to reach their potential through the provision of high quality education within a caring and supportive environment. Guided by the principle of ‘learning without limits’ students are responsible for their own learning and strive to achieve at the highest level in an environment that allows the values of the ‘Minsthorpe Way’ to flourish.

Careers Education Information and Guidance

Good careers education is vital and at Minsthorpe Community College it is woven into everything that we do. Done well it assists students to make decisions at important transition points and supports them during their key moments of choice, from primary to secondary school and from school to further education, higher education or work. It also aims to develop the career management competencies that will equip students to manage their career pathways and opportunities throughout their lives. At Minsthorpe we use CEIAG to develop more than just an awareness of the world of work- we also use it to help our young people become work-ready and to develop their character. At the College we have embedded the Gatsby Benchmarks into our careers strategy and aim to ensure that our students have as many encounters with people from the world of work as we can. For us careers education is not separate to our core business nor is it a bolt-on to it- it is our core business and we have found that students who have a clear idea of where they are going apply themselves much harder in lessons. A key function of secondary schools is to prepare students to transition successfully toward a future career path. This involves providing curriculum opportunities to build students’ general capabilities, support students’ interests and aspirations, and support them to make informed decisions about their subject choices and pathways. For us good careers education makes for a better education. Students are much more engaged and highly motivated about their future when they have a clear understanding of themselves and how they might live and work when they leave school. Not only are students more motivated here, they have better relationships with staff as well because we show an interest in them as people, not as statistics. Careers are now increasingly seen not as being chosen but as being constructed through the series of choices about learning and work that people make throughout their lives and, at Minsthorpe, our role is to help our young people construct their choices from an informed perspective.

Ray Henshaw


About us

Minsthorpe Community College is a large community college which provides learners with support from birth to 19 years and sometimes beyond if extra years are required. We have a nursery, main school (KS3 & 4) and a Post 16 provision which has approximately 200 learners including Years 12 and 13. The main school has approximately 1,400 students.

The college is an inclusive college which means we are able to offer suitable courses to a wide range of students within many different subject areas and at a broad range of levels (Level 1, 2 and 3 courses available) in both vocational and academic fields. The site has good disabled access.

The vast majority of our Post 16 are made up of Minsthorpe students who transition from Year 11, into Year 12 having learnt about and experienced the different courses available at Post 16 during Year 10 and 11 taster events. A small number of external candidates join us each year, and these are welcomed and supported well when they join us.

The college enjoys significant success from its Vocational outcomes, which consistently produce higher than national outcomes. Academic routes show an upward trend in outcomes with particular success in our year on year increase in the number of students who are supported through successful applications to University.

Being a smaller Post 16 provision we are able to offer a more personal route through this Key Stage and provide timely and bespoke responses to individual’s needs.

All learners are supported through appropriate progression routes and have access to impartial careers advice and guidance on a drop in basis as well as through appointments. In addition, the college is committed to delivering key information about the real world of work through programmes within Post 16, and prepare students well for the world of work.

Facilities available

  • Dedicated Post 16 block
  • Dedicated Common Room with kitchenette facilities, music and TV
  • Dedicated large Study Centre with excellent ICT, printing and photocopying facilities (open all day and after the college day)
  • Access to the MCC gym

Student car parking facilities



All Post 16 lessons are taught in double lessons


8.30 – 8.45am P&A time/Briefings

8.45 – 10.25am - Periods 1 & 2

10.25 – 10.40am - SNACK BREAK 1

10.40 – 12.20pm - Periods 3 & 4

12.20 – 12.50pm SNACK BREAK 2

12.50 – 2.30pm - Periods 5 & 6


Additional support


  • Each cohort has their own Head of Year (called a Cross Curriculum Team Leader);
  • Students are expected to attend a briefing (like an assembly) twice every half term to gather key information from their Head of Year;
  • Information sessions regarding a wide range of topics ranging from Degree Apprenticeship Routes, to The Effects of alcohol on Decision Making, Driving safely & Road safety to considering issues such as Consent are organised throughout the year to provide information and food for thought for students;
  • All Post 16 students have the freedom to come on and go off site as they chose, having privileges that younger students don’t. It is a secure site but P16 students have a biometric finger print read which gives them this access;
  • Students studying Level 3 courses (A’Levels and A’Level equivalent BTECs) pick 3 subjects which they study for 2 years before sitting terminal exams at the end of Year 13. These are called linear A’levels and students are expected to complete the 2 years once they start;
  • For each subject at Level 3 that you study you have 6 timetabled lessons of 50 minutes (3 double lesson blocks) a week per subject;
  • Students studying Level 2 courses study just one subject for one year to achieve their qualification. If they chose they may then complete another one year course doing another subject. Students have built-in work placements when studying these courses which are compulsory aspects of their course;
  • Students studying Level 1 courses have bespoke pathways and their modular options and experience is designed around their specific requirements;
  • Students are expected to communicate with the college via e-mail and vice versa, all key information regarding briefings, meetings and presentations will be communicated this way. Equally, students are expected to e-mail in absence due to illness and any other information to ensure they remain in touch with their Head of Year;
  • Students will have bespoke Tutorial support sessions when a specific need has been identified (for example attendance, time management, planning etc.) This is also the case if students performance, achievement and/or attendance needs supporting;
  • Students are supported to engage with some form of work experience during their Post 16 journey (this is built into the Level 1 and 2 courses as shown above). For Level 3 learners this needs to be completed at some point during their 2 years linear studies. The college strongly recommends that this is completed in Year 12 particularly if students are considering going to university and need to attend the timetable UCAS support sessions at the end of Year 12 and into Year 13. This can be for a block period and doesn’t have to be a commitment for the year. There are timetabled staff to support this activity;
  • During free periods students have a common room to relax and unwind in which has a kitchenette (constant hot water, microwave, toaster etc.); a radio and a TV;
  • Also available for the exclusive use of Post 16 students is a 40 computer Study Centre which is open all day and has colour printing facilities and photocopying facilities;
  • Students have a selection of Enrichment options which enable them to achieve recognised qualifications such as the Progress Plus module and EPQ. In addition students who are passionate about football can sign up for the prestigious MCC Football Academy (training twice a week and playing league games on a Wednesday);
  • Students wanting to apply to university have dedicated UCAS support sessions with experienced members of staff to guide them through the process and support with trips and visits to Universities;
  • All lesson are held within the main school but all social and study times are within the dedicated Post 16 block which is separate from the main school buildings;
  • Students have plenty of parking for if/when they can drive;
  • Students have free use of the MCC gym for large blocks during the day and evening.


Learner success


The students sign a study contract which outlines the colleges expectations which include the following points:

  1. Attain minimum attendance of 95%;
  2. Achieve 100% punctuality to all timetabled commitments;
  3. Contact College (either by e-mail or phone) before 7.45am if absence is required due to illness or other legitimate unforeseen circumstances. This must be daily over the period of absence;
  4. a) When the gates are locked, scan your finger even if the gates have been opened by another Post 16 student. Individual scanning is essential for safeguarding purposes;

b) Not allow visitors or younger students in or out by scanning your finger;

  1. Complete ‘Request for Absence’ forms in advance for authorised planned absences;
  2. Not take annual holidays during term time;
  3. Meet all work deadlines and be fully committed to all chosen subjects (Curriculum and Enrichment);
  4. Attend all Briefings and arranged information sessions;
  5. Strive to be an independent learner taking full responsibility for your own progress and achievement;
  6. Work co-operatively and respectfully with all members of staff throughout the college;
  7. Accept the responsibility to act as an appropriate role model for students in years 7 to
  8. Attend (preferably with parents/guardians) Parents Evening to review and discuss progress and achievement;
  9. Wear the lanyard identity badge (visibly) at all times when on the college site;
  10. Use the study centre and any other non-supervised study and social areas respectfully and appropriately;
  11. Keep a sensible limit on the amount of time spent in part-time work (NB in term time you cannot be employed during school hours);
  12. Be respectful of the local community regarding conduct, litter and noise;
  13. Drive and park safely and responsibly on the college site and to only park in designated Post 16 area (must register vehicle and display permit at all times). No parking at any time in the staff and visitor car parks;
  14. Ensure sensible, appropriate and legal use of mobile phones;
  15. Adhere to the college E-safety policy (student acceptable use policy);
  16. To dress modestly and appropriately at all times.


How to apply

You can apply for courses at Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 23 October 2018
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  • A: Minsthorpe Community College
    • Address:
    • Minsthorpe Community College
    • Minsthorpe Lane
    • South Elmsall
    • Pontefract
    • WF9 2UJ
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    • Minsthorpe Community College is a large successful 11-18 college committed to lifelong learning for all its students and community, within a supportive and friendly environment.  We hope that this information will help you make important decisions about your future and that we can offer you the right course for you. The number of Post 16 Students studying at Minsthorpe has risen impressively over recent years, with between 280-300 enrolling on courses between Year 12 and 13 every year.  We believe that at Minsthorpe we can offer a first rate Post 16 education, which will lead students to achievements and qualifications. 

      As part of the Wakefield South East Learning Community (WSELC), Minsthorpe is committed to enhancing the opportunities for all learners in the south east of the district and to that extent, have strong links with Hemsworth Arts and Community College, with whom we offer joint courses.  We have also recently expanded our provision to include courses delivered at our brand new Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre.  This is a new building including state of the art facilities in Beauty and Construction to name but two. 

      We have a wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer all with good success rates.  Students enrol on either a two year 'level 3' programme or a one year level 1 or 2 programmes.  Many of our level 2 students then re-enrol on a level 3 programme.  At level 3, we offer AS/A2 levels, BTEC Diplomas (equivalent to 1 or 3 'A' Levels) and NVQ's. At level 2, we offer BTEC First Diplomas, NVQ's, and GCSE resits in Maths and English. Some subjects will be familiar to students whilst others offer the opportunity to embark on a completely new field of study.  Familiar staff who have already guided and pushed students through GCSEs are the course leaders for Post 16 subjects.