Alumni inspire next generation

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STUDENTS returned to Priestley College to inform the next generation about the benefits of apprenticeships.   Priestley welcomed back alumni to share their experiences with its current cohort during National Apprenticeship Week.   Amy Heald, who organised Priestley’s schedule for the week, said the alumni had been influential.   “Hearing from successful alumni about their… Continue Reading Alumni inspire next generation

Students explore volcanoes of Sicily

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PRIESTLEY students have enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience exploring volcanoes.  The 38 learners, who all study Geography, Geology or Environmental Science, spent seven days in Sicily, which included visits to Mounts Etna and Stromboli.  “My favourite day was when we climbed Stromboli,” said Hannah Garbutt, a Geography student who previously attended Culcheth High.  “It took us… Continue Reading Students explore volcanoes of Sicily

Priestley Lecture Series

Priestley is proud to host a lecture series that brings together teachers, early career researchers and professionals to give the Priestley cohort an insight into where their intellectual curiosity can take them.   Priestley’s Lecture Series runs weekly on Thursday afternoons in our Autumn and Spring Terms.  The lectures have seen the likes of Lee Ivett… Continue Reading Priestley Lecture Series

National Apprenticeship Week 2024

5th – 9th Feb 2024 We will be celebrating National Apprenticeship Week this week. The aim of the week is to bring together the apprenticeship community to celebrate everything that is amazing about apprenticeships. The theme this year is “Skills for Life”. There are events happening online and across the country all week. We also… Continue Reading National Apprenticeship Week 2024

Music Careers Day

EXPERTS from the world of Music visited Priestley College to educate and inspire a new generation of talent. Priestley hosted the event, which was organised by Liverpool Sound City and saw college students joined by around 100 pupils from local schools. “Seeing the career paths of those behind the scenes in the music industry was… Continue Reading Music Careers Day

Priestley College secures Matrix award

Priestley College has once again been accredited to the matrix Standard, demonstrating the high quality advice and guidance it offers its students. The matrix Standard is the international quality standard for organisations that deliver information, advice and/or guidance (IAG), either as their sole purpose or as part of their service offering.  Roger Chapman, Head of… Continue Reading Priestley College secures Matrix award

Rugby Academy tour Australia

Priestley students who are part of the Warrington Wolves Academy have just returned from the trip of a lifetime in Australia. Frank Sergent, a former pupil at Culcheth High School, was among those who took part in the rugby tour, which saw them compete against some of the best young players in the country. “You… Continue Reading Rugby Academy tour Australia

STEM student strikes gold

A STUDENT whose goal is to study Medicine scored gold in a science challenge set by one of the world’s leading universities. Sadie Johnstone, who studies A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry, and Maths at Priestley College, was one of the best performers in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.  “It was a complete shock to me as I… Continue Reading STEM student strikes gold

Green Careers Week

From 6th November – 11th November we will be celebrating Green Careers Week. Green careers are any jobs that help preserve or restore our environment and planet. You can find a green career role in any industry!Green Skills are all the abilities, attitudes, knowledge, and technical skills you can build and use in your role… Continue Reading Green Careers Week

Formula for success

CHEMISTRY students from Priestley College have gained an insight into life at a leading Chemical company. Elena Mechlenburgh, Isabelle Rimmer, Hannah Wright, Antony Woods and James Thwaite completed the summer school programme at Solvay Interox. Former Grange Academy pupil James, who also studies A-Levels in History and Maths at Priestley, wanted to take part in… Continue Reading Formula for success

Advice for apprentices

Priestley alumnus Raph Tabbiner has offered some words of advice for students applying for apprenticeships.  Raph, who studied A-Level Electronics, PE and OCR Level 3 Engineering, is currently undertaking a Level 5 Electrical Design Higher Apprenticeship with Cavendish Nuclear.  “My main piece of advice for students looking to get an apprenticeship would be to apply… Continue Reading Advice for apprentices

James’ first class result

Priestley alumnus James Griffith recently graduated from University of Manchester with a First in Business & Management with German.  James, who studied German, History, EPQ and BTEC Music at Priestley, worked as a Music tutor immediately after leaving Priestley before going back into education to study for his degree.   The former Cardinal Newman Catholic High pupil said:… Continue Reading James’ first class result

Photographer success

Priestley alumna Sophie Hughen returned to college to inspire the next generation of A-Level Photography students.  Now based in Cornwall, Sophie recently graduated from Falmouth University with a Bachelor’s degree in Photography having also exhibited her work in student exhibitions.  Sophie’s success also includes working with other Cornwall residents to produce a group exhibition, which is… Continue Reading Photographer success

Caitlin secures AstraZeneca apprenticeship 

Priestley student Caitlin McKenna has secured a Level 3 Science Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship at a multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company.    After finishing A-Levels in Psychology, Biology and a diploma in Criminology she has embarked on a two-year apprenticeship at AstraZeneca in Macclesfield, combining both theory and practical work with industry professionals to gain a… Continue Reading Caitlin secures AstraZeneca apprenticeship 

Academics praise student essay

AN essay written by a Priestley College student has drawn praise from one of the world’s leading universities.    Megan Voce’s exploration of the influences on the French impressionist Edgar Degas was Highly Commended by Fitzwilliam College at the University of Cambridge.     “When I found out I had been highly commended I was really shocked,” said Megan. … Continue Reading Academics praise student essay

Academy players chosen for England

Two members of Priestley’s Rugby Academy were picked to play for England’s U19s in France earlier this month.  Thomas Mckinney and Joe Bajer helped England to victory on Saturday 8th July in Saint Gaudens, winning 33-20.   For Joe, who attended Beaumont Collegiate Academy, the rugby academy – which is run in partnership with Warrington Wolves… Continue Reading Academy players chosen for England

Award for Engineering students 

A huge congratulations to our Engineering students who took part in the national Industrial Cadets programme and won the Teamwork Award.    The award, presented to Libby Wood, Tom Monks, Eliza Fox and Jacob McHugh, recognised their exceptional collaborative efforts as part of the Industrial Cadets Gold Project Award.    From September to May, the… Continue Reading Award for Engineering students 

Ex-student called to the Bar

A FORMER Priestley student has spoken of his pride and joy at being called to the Bar. Philip Ushieagu, who studied Law, Psychology and Economics at Priestley, has secured a contract with LPC Law in London to provide advocacy services in court. “I felt proud and realised what the mind conceives it can achieve. I… Continue Reading Ex-student called to the Bar

Science Olympiad success

Priestley’s science students have shown their exceptional talent in Olympiads designed to challenge the best young chemists and biologists in the country.  Former Penketh High pupil Kathryn Da Luz Viera received a gold medal and finished top 9% in the Chemistry Olympiad; which tested Chemistry and Math problem solving. Charis Chau, a first-year student, received a… Continue Reading Science Olympiad success

Bright futures in photography

Talented students who are looking to focus on careers linked to photography have secured top university places. Amie Oldland, Emily Saunders and Faye Robinson – all A-Level Photography students at Priestley – are heading to top institutions across the country. Emily Jones received an offer to take Fashion Image Making and Styling at the University of Salford. The… Continue Reading Bright futures in photography

Why I took an apprenticeship

A FORMER Priestley student this week explained the benefits of pursuing an apprenticeship after college. Matt Franklin, who has now founded a digital consultancy firm called Optima Digital Solutions, said his tutors had supported his decision to focus on an apprenticeship during his time at college. “Learning and earning on the job is the best… Continue Reading Why I took an apprenticeship