Welcome to Greenhead College
Our staff are committed to providing a well-balanced and challenging curriculum, as well as supporting students’ academic and social development.
Thank you for showing an interest in Greenhead College. I hope you will come to see us at one of our Open Events, where you can talk to staff and students about your own individual needs. We look forward to meeting you.
Greenhead College is one of the best Sixth Form Colleges in the country. We are proud of our reputation and value our ethos of placing students at the centre of everything we do. Our expectations of students are high but you’ll receive the very best in academic and pastoral support during your time as part of the Greenhead community.
According to new government measures of success at A Level, we are one of the top Sixth Form Colleges in the country. National education tables published in January 2018 now include data showing high student grades in key academic subjects valued by leading universities, as well as ‘value added’, which indicates student progress made since GCSE. In both categories Greenhead was the top-performing designated Sixth Form College in Yorkshire and the Humber.
At Greenhead we aim to ensure all students complete their course successfully and develop into well-rounded and confident young people with a life-long passion for learning. We also help foster an interest in the wider world and the welfare of others. The College has a warm and purposeful atmosphere stemming from the excellent working relationships that exist between staff and students. You will be treated as an adult and valued as an individual, allowing you to fulfil your full potential.
Library and Resource Area
The Library and Resource Area occupies a central place in the College and it provides an impressive academic support service for all members of the College community. There are 185 places for private study where students can tap into a vast and readily available fund of ideas and information to help them carry out a wide variety of research from both printed and digital sources.
The College regards Information Technology as very important for all students and is therefore committed to making IT facilities widely available both for individual use and for teaching and learning.
The catering team is committed to providing everyone at the College with a comprehensive selection of choice to suit all tastes including:
Breakfast (served from 8.15am to 11.30am)
Lunchtime (served from 12 noon to 1.30pm)
- Italian-themed Bar
- Snack Bar
'The Shop' (open from 8.15am to 3.00pm)
- Complete with high tables and stools, it offers freshly-brewed coffees, hot and cold drinks, a large variety of sandwiches, hot pasties, paninis, fresh fruit, healthy options and freshly-baked cookies.
Our pastoral system is designed to give you friendly support and professional guidance throughout your time here. Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor and will become a member of a tutor group which meets regularly. Here you will make new friends and explore all kinds of topics such as study skills, health matters, current world issues and personal career ambitions.
A purpose-built pastoral and careers suite houses large rooms for group discussions, Tutors` and Careers Advisers' offices for individual interviews and a well-resourced careers library. The department has also achieved the National Quality Standards in Careers Education and Guidance Award. Careers education, information, advice and guidance provision was deemed 'outstanding'.
Our Career Advisers, together with the Calderdale and Kirklees Careers Service, are on hand to give individual help. Information is readily available about career qualifications and opportunities, apprenticeships, courses in higher and further education, sponsorships, bursaries and gap year projects as well as apprenticeships. We hold a Higher Education Information Evening for parents on the subject of applying for a university place and its financial implications. Visits to universities, colleges and careers conventions are also organised. A careers conference (“What’s Ahead?”) involves all A1 students to help make post-18 decisions. Employability is a key theme in the many careers lessons delivered via the tutorial programme. Companies in The Times Top 100 Employers List have delivered employability skills workshops and students and parents are invited to the annual Options@18 Fair. Mock interviews are available to all.
Additional Learning Support
We are committed to supporting students with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) and actively promote a policy of inclusion; all students are encouraged to make a full contribution to college life. Our aim is to create a positive and inclusive atmosphere where there is shared commitment to value diversity, empower students and facilitate successful progression. Prospective students are welcome to contact the ALS Manager for further information.
The Study Centre is designed to provide an additional work space for students to complement existing facilities in College. It is fully staffed and offers structured packages of generic Study Skills including personal organisation, time mangement, note taking and proof reading. In addition, lunchtime sessions are provided at key points in the academic year to support UCAS and PaWS applications and revision schedules.
Throughout your time at College, your parents/guardians will have the opportunity to attend Parents' Evenings where they can speak to your subject teachers and Tutor. They will also receive an invitation to an Information Evening for Parents of New Students soon after you start College and a Higher Education Information Evening.
The College employs three part-time College Counsellors who offer a confidential service to the students in a friendly and welcoming Counselling Room.
Examination Results 2018
A Level pass rate
Grade A*-E 98.5% (National Average 97.6%)
Grade A*-B 64% (National Average 52.7%)
Each year, a number of students score top marks in the AQA and Edexcel examinations.
Destinations of A Level Students 2017
Higher Education: 88%
Further Education (including Art Foundation): 3%
Employment and Professional Training: 7%
Seeking Employment: 2%
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Greenhead College directly.