National award for game design course

Priestley College has won a national award for its success in equipping students with the skills they need to break into a billion-pound industry. Priestley won the Further Education Institution prize at the Grads in Games Awards where we were praised by judges for the content of our Computer Game Design course. “Priestley College have […]

Medals for science olympians

Congratulations to all Priestley’s medalists in the British Physics Olympiad Senior Challenge competition. Three students achieved a silver medal and another three earned bronze. The Senior Physics Challenge for Year 12 students is an opportunity for students to stretch their problem solving skills and apply fundamental physical principles to novel situations. This year 5,300 students […]

RADA calls for Libby

A WORLD-LEADING school of acting has awarded a former college student the chance to learn from the best. The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) has offered Libby Cooper a place on their Foundation course, which lasts for one term and promises to provide an insight into life at a conservatoire drama school. The former […]

Priestley makes mental health promise

PRIESTLEY College has reaffirmed its commitment to protecting the mental health of its students and staff by signing up to a new national charter. Assistant Principal Mark Eccleston said Priestley had always prioritised its students’ wellbeing, but signing the charter showed it remained a priority. “The impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health cannot […]

Rugby players aim to convert opportunity

THREE members of Priestley’s Rugby Academy have won places on a talent pathway they hope will lead to playing at the highest level of the women’s game. Shakira Westwood, Hattie Dogus and Izzy Hughes have been selected for the RFL’s government-funded Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) programme. “This is an incredible opportunity for all three […]

Priestley reaches ‘international standard’ for advice and guidance

Priestley College has met the international standard for organisations that provide information, advice and guidance. Priestley was praised by the matrix Standard inspector for the support and impartial advice it offers its 2,000 students on everything from careers to health and wellbeing. Among the college’s many strengths, he said, was its impressive partnerships with employers, […]

Physicists pass the test

YOUNG physicians who tested their mettle against peers from around the world scooped bronze medals in the competition. Josh Waldron and Niall Walmsley, who both study Physics at Priestley College, were among 1,606 students from the UK and overseas schools with a further 2,000 taking part in China. “It seemed like a good opportunity to challenge […]

Students’ action to inspire key workers’ children

STUDENTS have produced a series of videos to inspire the children of key workers to stay active during lockdown. Priestley College’s Sport cohort recorded demonstrations of the tasks as part of a partnership with Warrington’s School Games programme. It is hoped these videos will now be used in the town’s primary schools to encourage the […]

Madgey heads to Oxford: Q&A

Did you ever dream of the possibility of going to Oxford before Priestley? Definitely not! I thought Oxford was entirely out of my reach and I had almost avoided thinking about it before I started at Priestley. I knew it was an amazing academic institution but I couldn’t even imagine writing a suitable personal statement […]

Priestley Heroes: Louanne Eccleston

A STUDENT has told how the pandemic encouraged to make changes in her life and pursue a career caring for others. Louanne Eccleston, who studies at Priestley College, changed her part-time job from retail assistant to mobile health carer during last year’s three-month lockdown. After being inspired by her new role she asked to switch […]