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Welcome to Greenhead College

We are very proud of Greenhead College and what its students and staff achieve each year. Visitors frequently comment on the happy and purposeful atmosphere they find in College; this comes from the warm relationships which exist between staff and students, creating a community in which each person is valued and achieves their full potential.

Our staff are committed to providing a well-balanced and challenging curriculum, as well as supporting students’ academic and social development.

We are one of the best Sixth Form Colleges in the country, with an outstanding record of high pass rates, many high grades and 'value added'. Students make exceptional progress during their time with us, allowing them to progress successfully to the next stage of their education and training.

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.


About us

Greenhead College is widely acknowledged to be an outstanding provider of education with a history of excellence.

Ofsted inspection grades published in February 2017 show that 87% of Sixth Form Colleges are either good or outstanding. Full inspections by Ofsted in 2004 and 2007 have judged Greenhead to be an outstanding College and more recent visits have confirmed this grade.

The College is recognised locally and nationally as a leading provider of education and has a long history of exceptional results. The pass rate at A Level is extremely high, as is the proportion of students gaining top grades.

In national education tables Greenhead College is ranked third in two key categories: firstly, in terms of high student grades in key academic subjects valued by leading universities and secondly, for ‘value added’, the measure which judges how much progress students have made on their course since their GCSEs.

There is a warm, inclusive atmosphere at the College where you will have access to first-rate teaching and learning support. You will be guided by teachers in your transition from GCSE to the more demanding world of A Level study. Alongside this, your personal tutor will provide you with continuous pastoral support and look after your welfare and progress. Together with our team of careers staff, your tutor will also support you onto the next phase of your education or career.

We have an extensive range of enrichment opportunities and a vast work-shadowing programme. You can take part in activities ranging from short courses to all kinds of sport, music and drama, as well as voluntary service in the community or the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

The College enjoys a convenient site within walking distance of Huddersfield town centre and its bus and railway stations. It occupies attractive and well-maintained buildings where you will have access to modern facilities, equipment and resources.

Facilities available

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. 

IT Support
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. 

Additional support

Pastoral Support
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 (June 2016).  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 and 50 speakers 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 Employer and Gap Year Fair. Mock interviews are available to all.

Additional Learning Support
We are committed to supporting students with disabilities 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.

Study Centre
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.

Progress Reviews
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.

College Counsellors
The College employs three part-time College Counsellors who offer a confidential service to the students in a friendly and welcoming Counselling Room.

Learner success

Examination Results 2017   

A Level pass rate

Grade A*-E 99.4%   (National Average 97.9%)

Grade A*-B 63.3%  (National Average 52.9%)

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.

Last updated date: 26 February 2018
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