Celebrating British Science Week

Huge thank you to Doctor Tim Gabriel who visited Priestley College to help us celebrate British Science Week. Tim is a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University, whose research interests include electrochemistry, nanostructure fabrication and electrode materials. He has also contributed to the advancement of knowledge and practice in his field, publishing… Continue Reading Celebrating British Science Week

From Priestley to Oxford

https://youtu.be/eYz_YYIIqf0 SUCCESS breeds success, or so the saying goes. It’s certainly true at Priestley College where each year former students who have gone on to study at Oxford or Cambridge share their inspiring stories of how they secured their university places. This year Amber Ford and Cameron Matthews did exactly that, recording a video message… Continue Reading From Priestley to Oxford

Escape to Alcatraz  

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Students headed to San Francisco and visited Alcatraz – a prison that once held infamous criminals such as Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the ‘Birdman of Alcatraz’) and George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly. “Alcatraz was a great experience,” said Ashleigh Jones, a former pupil at The Heath. “I found all the stories interesting and being there… Continue Reading Escape to Alcatraz  

Science Olympiad Success

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On 7 February, 14 A2 Biology students sat papers for the British Biology Olympiad. Thousands of students participate nationally and Priestley students achieved one Gold, x4 Silver and x1 Bronze medals alongside other certificates. To achieve a medal and especially a Gold is very impressive. As a Gold Medal winner, Gustaw Radzikowski will take part… Continue Reading Science Olympiad Success

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

National honour for STEM teacher

A TEACHER who has dedicated her life to igniting a passion for Chemistry in young people has been honoured for her achievements. Wendy Winnard, who has taught A-Level Chemistry at Priestley College for 13 years, received the Excellence in Secondary and Further Education Prize from The Royal Society of Chemistry. “I am fortunate enough to… Continue Reading National honour for STEM teacher

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

A time to remember

On Friday the Priestley community joined together for a Remembrance Service led by our Public Services students. The Last Post was heard and a minute’s silence observed. Priestley also welcome our neighbours to the service. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part and made this such a moving… Continue Reading A time to remember

Regional win for footballers

Priestley College men’s footballers were crowned regional seven-a-side champions yesterday. They finished the event unbeaten with wins over St John Rigby, Blackburn and Hopwood colleges. Priestley’s women also impressed in the competition and did not lose a match either. However, they were eliminated in the group stage by points per game ration… by 0.25 points.… Continue Reading Regional win for footballers

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

Students’ charity effort

Congratulations to all those students involved in organising the cake sale that raised £100 today for Macmillan Cancer Support. They planned and ran the cake stall, collected donations and promoted the event. It helped develop teamwork, communication and planning skills while raising money for a good cause, and encouraging students to get to know each… Continue Reading Students’ charity effort

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

Outstanding results for Class of 2023

AROUND 1,000 young people collected their results at Priestley College today (Thursday) with their sights firmly set on making a difference in the world. Their hopes and destinations were as varied as the courses they studied with students heading to some of the UK’s most competitive universities to study Medicine, Pharmacy, Bioveterinary Science, Criminology and… Continue Reading Outstanding results for Class of 2023

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 

Oxford honours Priestley teacher

A TEACHER from Priestley College has been rewarded by one of the world’s finest universities for raising the aspirations of young people in and around Warrington.   Anne White was one of only five teachers in the UK to collect the ‘Inspirational Teacher Award’ from Pembroke College at the University of Oxford.   “I think… Continue Reading Oxford honours Priestley teacher

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

Danyul helps stars to shine

Former Priestley student Danyul Brown has taken the fashion industry by storm styling his sixth Vogue cover in less than two years. Danyul recently worked with ‘Emily in Paris’ star Ashley Park, styling her for a Vogue Hong Kong cover; an achievement he hopes will inspire others.  “I think the last time I spoke with Priestley I… Continue Reading Danyul helps stars to shine

Sports Awards 2023

Sport Priestley honoured its athletes and scholars this week at its annual awards with guest speaker Olympian Beth Tweddle. Ella Clifton-Stringer was named Sports Performer of the Year in recognition of her achievements in football, which included helping Wrexham Women’s FC earn promotion. Team of the Year was the college’s netballers whose hard work in… Continue Reading Sports Awards 2023

Teechers take to the stage

Some of our talented Musical Theatre students are bringing John Godber’s ‘Teechers’ to the Priestley stage. The comedy focusses on a group of school leavers, their experience of school life and their journey of self-discovery.  When a new drama teacher comes to the school the kids have given up on their education, but Mr Nixon… Continue Reading Teechers take to the stage

Ella helps team to promotion

PRIESTLEY student Ella Clifton-Stringer helped Wrexham FC’s women’s team secure promotion last month – then met the club’s owner Ryan Reynolds during a celebration on the pitch. Ella, who is part of Priestley’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme, played her part in Wrexham being promoted to the Welsh Premier league, playing the final match of the season… Continue Reading Ella helps team to promotion

Netball season in review

By coach Sam Nightingale   It’s been such a great season with many great wins and memories made. I am proud to say it has been the most successful season that a netball academy has ever achieved at Priestley. We started with a tough away game to Cardinal Newman, they have a strong reputation for… Continue Reading Netball season in review

Wellbeing at Priestley

Priestley is hosting a series of wellbeing events to offer extra support to students during exams. Thanks to Pause, Talking Matters and Tags for supporting the events. Find out more about our Wellbeing Team https://bit.ly/3L5NnjF

From Priestley to Cambridge

Every year students from Priestley secure places at the UK’s most competitive universities thanks to their hard work as well as the support and opportunities available at college. Earlier this year we visited Jake Burke and Meg Byrom at University of Cambridge to find out about their experiences and ask what advice they would give to… Continue Reading From Priestley to Cambridge

What skills does Warrington need?

Priestley College is backing a survey to assess employability and skills in Warrington. The survey looks to identify current skills, job market trends, future employment opportunities and what people look for when applying for a job. It is being run by Warrington’s Skills Commission and can be completed by anyone in the borough. “This survey… Continue Reading What skills does Warrington need?

Celebrating British Science Week

As we mark British Science Week at Priestley we celebrate some of our former STEM students who went on to great things starting with Lennox Munjoma who progressed to study Pharmacy at the University of Manchester. Lucy Bridson studied Medicine at Liverpool and Matthew Peach secured a place at the University of Oxford studying Biochemistry.

Student puts on a show at Crufts

PRIESTLEY College student Francesca Boyer has seen her work displayed on one of the world’s biggest stages. She was asked by The Great Dane Club to create two life-size dogs for their stand at Crufts – an event attended by around 160,000 visitors every year and with an even greater audience watching on television. Francesca… Continue Reading Student puts on a show at Crufts

Lois secures KPMG apprenticeship

Priestley student Lois Abel has secured a degree apprenticeship with KPMG in Manchester. That means that, after she has finished her studies in Business, Finance and Criminology, the former Sandymoor School pupil will embark on a five-year apprenticeship earning a Level 7 ACA qualification – equivalent to a master’s degree – and the ability to progress… Continue Reading Lois secures KPMG apprenticeship

Lessons in empowerment

Our Women’s Rugby Academy enjoyed a tremendous experience recently when they took part in the EmpowHER Programme.  Players joined sessions including mindfulness, media literacy and self-defence with the overarching theme of female empowerment.  Participants enjoyed sessions that increased their self-confidence and improved awareness about self-empowerment and wellbeing.   Those who took part learnt how to… Continue Reading Lessons in empowerment

Apprentices assemble

Huge thank you to all of our alumni who returned to college today and discussed their apprenticeships with the current cohort. You were a credit to Priestley and your current employers and we thank you for inspiring the next generation! #NAW2023

Mock assessment challenge

Well done to all the students who took part in today’s Mock Assessment Centre, which prepared them for the typical interview, group task and presentation they are likely to experience if they apply for an apprenticeship. They also had the chance to network with employers and several were asked to submit CVs for live vacancies. All students… Continue Reading Mock assessment challenge

Athletes reach for their goals

This week we are celebrating the achievements of our athletes who are excelling in a variety of sports. Everything from tennis to boxing, water polo to rock climbing and karate. All these talented young people are part of Priestley’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme, benefitting from visits by professional sportspeople, experts in their field and extra support… Continue Reading Athletes reach for their goals

Celebrating T-Level success

Great to see former Priestley student Ashton Dancie invited to the House of Lords for an event marking the achievements of the first cohort of T-Level students. He was joined by Priestley Faculty Leader Laura Phillips in London. Priestley College was in the first wave of colleges to introduce the qualifications, which offer students a different pathway… Continue Reading Celebrating T-Level success