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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

Student’s skydive for cancer charity

PRIESTLEY student Clara Corkill takes a leap of faith this weekend when she jumps out of a plane at 15,000ft for charity. Clara’s tandem skydive will raise money for the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, which has helped several members of her family including her mum Tina. “My mum is an incredible and strong woman. She is […]

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 […]

Dr Crawley speaks to Pre Med cohort

Former Priestley student Dom Crawley is now a junior doctor in general medicine and this week returned to college to inspire the next generation. He gave a lecture and workshop to our Pre Med students as well as pupils from Beamont Collegiate Academy covering everything from ethical discussions to  Dom, who studied A-Levels in Biology, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Inspiring workshop for Pre Med students

PRIESTLEY’S Pre Med students gained an insight into the profession thanks to a visit by A&E doctor Astrid Prahms. Astrid, who is based at Whiston Hospital, demonstrated the correct way to apply a bandage. She then gave students the chance to use their new skills on their fellow classmates. “Not only do the students learn […]

National honour for science technician

A SCIENCE technician who has helped enrich the lives of students at Priestley College has been recognised for her ongoing achievements. Laura Smith, who has worked at Priestley for four years, won the Registered Science Technician category at the Science Council’s CPD Awards in London. Her approach to work was inspired by one of her […]

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 […]

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 […]

<strong>Ashton and the ‘art of acceptance’</strong>

AN ARTIST who studied at Priestley College has been included on a list that once featured the likes of David Hockney and Damien Hirst. Ashton Blyth, who studied Fine Art at Priestley, has been included on the list of emerging talent produced by New Contemporaries – a prestigious organisation that has supported young artists for […]

Powering through

A YOUNG entrepreneur is hoping his dream of creating a gymwear brand will work out and lead to a successful business. Angus Cheyne, a student at Priestley College, has launched his Power Through clothing range in Warrington and hopes the brand will grow over the coming months. “I wanted to give myself a go at […]

Hannah races into bright future

A STUDENT is gearing up to challenge for the top spot in the sport of cyclocross. Hannah McClorey, who studies A-Levels in Geography, PE and Sociology at Priestley College, is currently sixth in the national series rankings, but is aiming higher. “I love competing and just want to keep improving,” she said.“The competition is great, […]

Corporal’s flying visit to Priestley

A FORMER student who is now a Corporal in the RAF returned to his old college to inspire the next generation. Corporal Callum Farnan was back at Priestley College to talk with this year’s Protective Services cohort and also put them through their paces with some fitness drills. “I wouldn’t be where I am today […]

Don’t let apathy win!

A STUDENT with ambitions of becoming an MP says his generation must stand up to be counted and not lose faith in politics. Jacob Brownbill, who studies Politics at Priestley College, said his peers must not let apathy win when the opportunity to tackle issues and vote in future elections present themselves. “If we want […]

Walking the distance for charity

Public Services students from Priestley College tackled a 14-mile walk to raise money for three worthy causes. Over two days, 150 students walked from the college to Lymm Dam and back – the equivalent of trekking to the Trafford Centre from the campus. Students raised around £1,500 for their chosen charities: Jump, Warrington Foodbank and […]

Royal appointment for designer

WHEN talented fashion designer Isabelle Pennington-Edmead embarked on her career she could hardly have believed it would lead to an audience with Royalty. However, that’s exactly what happened as the former Priestley College student met Prince Charles just weeks before he became King. Their two meetings took place at Dumfries House to discuss a new […]

Dream role for Wolves fan

A RUGBY fan who studies Media and Journalism at Priestley College has landed his dream role reporting on Warrington Wolves. Sean Spencer – who hasn’t missed a Wolves match since he was four-years-old – has been reporting for the club’s website and live via their official Twitter account. “It is a dream role for me,” […]

Priestley passes go

Priestley College has landed a place on the Warrington Monopoly board. Priestley occupies one of the prestigious green squares with players having to fork out 320 Monopoly dollars to buy the ‘property’. Winning Moves UK – who make the game – first visited Priestley to find out why the college deserved a spot on the […]

Warrington Business Awards

Congratulations to all the winners and businesses that took part in the Warrington Business Awards. A proud night of celebration for the town and for our 3D Product Design students who designed and made the awards.

Priestley take on Papua New Guinea

An unreal experience for our Rugby Development Academy – run in partnership with Warrington Wolves – as they trained with the Papua New Guinea rugby league team ahead of the World Cup. Good luck to PNG as they take on Tonga tomorrow and for the rest of the tournament. Previous Next

Partnership taken to next level

A LEADING video game developer has spoken about the importance of a partnership with Priestley College that gives students a chance to break into the billion-dollar industry. Arthur Parsons, Design Director at 10:10 Games in Warrington, said the internship programme linked to Priestley’s Computer Game Design course was creating opportunities. “I was blown away by […]

Trip of a lifetime for biologists

YOUNG biologists studying at Priestley College have experienced an inspirational visit to some of the most ecologically diverse parts of the world. Priestley took 20 students to Ecuador where they worked with conservationists and veterinarians to rehabilitate animals while a party of 13 travelled to Eswatini to learn about local culture, tracking animals and identifying […]

Artists lend talent to exhibition

For the first time, students from Priestley College and Warrington & Vale Royal College will be coming together for a joint exhibition to celebrate this year’s Rugby League World Cup. The theme of ‘Coming Together’ is multi-faceted, representing the many different countries and players coming together for the Rugby League World Cup (RLWC), our local […]

Hello Yellow!

We are proud to be taking part in #HelloYellow as part of World Mental Health Day showing our students that their feelings matter. We pride ourselves on our ability to inspire, challenge and support every student at Priestley. It is important to us that their time at college is as happy as it is academically successful.

Celebrating T-Levels Week

It’s T-Levels Week so we are celebrating the success of these technical courses and looking ahead to what will be on offer at Priestley in 2023. These exciting qualifications were introduced two years ago and next year we will be offering T-Levels in Programming and Software (Digital), Engineering, Management and Administration, Health and Education & Childcare To […]

Priestley Alumni Success

We continue to celebrate the success of our alumni. Here are three talented Film & Media students who have moved on to great things Catherine Bolton Catherine went to Edge Hill University to study Drama and Media Studies. She has worked in TV for the last 5 years on shows like The Voice Kids. Zak […]

Celebrating alumni success

Here at Priestley, we like to celebrate the success of our alumni. Here are just three of our talented performers who studied Musical Theatre, Dance or Drama. Paige Fenlon Paige Fenlon who studied Musical Theatre, Dance and Drama went on to Bird College in London and has since worked on the West End in shows […]

Outstanding results 2022

PRIESTLEY’S Class of 2022 took the next step towards realising their dreams and ambitions today (Thursday) as they collected their results. They bucked the national trend as they secured an increase in top grades with hundreds of them heading off to university. An outstanding 375 offers were made to Priestley students from the prestigious Russell […]

Olympiad record for chemists

STUDENTS from Priestley College have shown they have some of the brightest chemistry minds in the country. Toby Sharrock, Tailun Sun and Barney Kahn received gold medals and finished in the top 9% in the Chemistry Olympiad, which organisers said was ‘designed to challenge’. Former Hope Academy pupil Toby enjoyed taking part because of the […]

On target for Public Services careers

TOM Cruise might be inspiring a new generation of fighter pilots in Top Gun Maverick, but for some the passion took flight long ago. Public Services students from Priestley College – many of whom have been focussed on joining the Armed Forces for years – experienced sitting in the cockpit of a Harrier Jump Jet […]

Musicians given the edge

IT HAS hosted bands such as New Order, 5 Seconds of Summer and The Script. So when Music students from Priestley College stepped in front of the microphones at Edge Recording Studio they knew they were experiencing something special. “For me it was great because we learned about performance and production,” said songwriter Sam Dunne, […]

Good work makes a difference

A PRIESTLEY College student has been recognised for her efforts to do good in the world. Shannon Witts, who studies English Language, English Literature and Philosophy, was nominated for the PC Harold Howarth Award. The nomination acknowledged her charity work and efforts to go ‘one step further in her kindness’ to others. “Making a difference […]

Essay prize for Priestley student

A PRIESTLEY College student has won a Philosophy essay competition set by one of the UK’s finest universities. Cameron Matthews, who studies Philosophy alongside History, English Literature and Psychology, won the prize awarded by the University of Sheffield – one of the Russell Group institutions. His 1,500-word essay attempted to answer the question of whether […]

Priestley alumna scoops top journalism prize

A FORMER Priestley student has been rewarded for her journalism by the George Orwell Society. Meg Byrom, who left Priestley with A*s in Geography and English as well as an A in Politics, won the review category of The Orwell Society Young Journalist’s Award. “It was a big surprise to me as I’d pretty much […]

Sport Priestley Awards 2022

PRIESTLEY College has celebrated the achievements of its sports stars after an unprecedented year of success. One of the highlights of 2022 was Priestley’s Rugby Development Academy winning the National Colleges’ Cup in a final played at Headingley. The academy – formed just four years ago – defeated Leeds Rhinos’ development squad 44-26 to collect […]

Award for aspiring engineers

TEN Priestley students took part in an award designed to inspire them to pursue a future in engineering. The inaugural David Butler Award – staged by the Institute of Chartered Engineers – saw entrants work remotely on a problem-solving activity. Priestley tutor Karen Fullerton said: “It gave our students such a great opportunity to work with civil […]

National Champions

Priestley’s Rugby Development Academy won the College Rugby League Cup today with a 42-26 victory over Leeds Rhinos’ Development Academy. In the national final – played at Headingley – Priestley went ahead early after a Jack Edge try and maintained the lead throughout. There were more tries in the first half for Luke Greenwood (2) […]

Healthy prospects for students

T-Level Health students have taken part in a practical looking at infection prevention. The qualification is preparing them for careers as diverse as nursing, midwifery, paramedical services, therapy, physiotherapy, rehabilitation services, dentistry, healthy and mental health.

Inspiring the next generation

PRIESTLEY College celebrated British Science Week by joining a series of online lectures from leading scientists, academics and even a former Blue Peter presenter. Students from all STEM subjects had something to ignite their passion during the national event, which also included activities in college. “We have so many high achieving, talented scientists and engineers […]

US scholarships for Sport students

ATHLETES from Priestley College are looking to further their sporting goals overseas after being awarded prestigious scholarships by American universities. So far eight students from Priestley have received offers worth more than half a million dollars from US institutions. Sport Tutor Dan Jordan said Priestley had been able to assist the students thanks to the […]

Career landmark for Jess

A FORMER Priestley drama student has made her professional debut as an assistant director on the Liverpool stage. Jess Meade took on the role for the well-reviewed Cherry Jezebel – a dazzling drama created for the Everyman theatre by writer Jonathan Larkin and director James Baker. Critics described it as a ‘stand-out play with a […]

Work in progress

PRIESTLEY students travelled to a world-leading centre for science and innovation this week to join in workshops designed to prepare them for work interviews. Dressed for the occasion they were a credit to Priestley College as they met industry experts at Alderley Park near Macclesfield and received feedback about their performance in mock interviews. They […]

Students lend vision to Edenred

VISIONARY students from Priestley College have been set a design challenge by a company that connects over 50 million people around the world. Edenred – a leading digital platform used in 46 countries by 850,000 corporate clients – set the brief for those on the BTEC Graphic Design and Photography cohort. They were asked to […]

Student of the Year

Congratulations to Priestley’s Tailun Sun who was named Student of the Year at last week’s Warrington Guardian Education Awards. Also, to Kim Payton who was Highly Commended in the Unsung Hero category. Everyone in the Priestley College community is extremely proud of you both!

National cup final for Rugby Academy

Our Rugby Academy – run in partnership with Warrington Wolves – had something to smile about yesterday after they defeated Hopwood Hall College 28-12 to reach the National College Cup final. The final will be against Leeds. Let’s go! 

British Science Week

We’re celebrating British Science Week with a series of lectures and virtual talks. Today Dr Tim Gabriel from Manchester Metropolitan University spoke to Chemistry and Applied Science students about their plans for the future and offered guidance on applying for university.

International Women’s Day

YESTERDAY, Tuesday, was International Women’s Day. Many women across the town celebrated the day with a special free event organised by Cllr Amanda King. Priestley College was part of the day and the full story can be read here via the Warrington Guardian > Full story

Drama students play their role

DRAMA students have played their part in a new professional production set to wow audiences this month. Eight students from Priestley College were given the opportunity to work with set designers, actors, stage managers and even the director of Not Too Tame’s eagerly-anticipated next production. Jimmy Fairhurst, Artistic Director with the touring theatre company, said […]

Congratulations to Tai and Kim

Congratulations to Priestley’s own Tai Sun for his nomination in the High School / FE Student of the Year category of the  Warrington Guardian Education Awards. Also to Senior Tutor Administrator Kim Payton for being shortlisted in the ‘Unsung Hero’ category! Good luck to you both.  Full story > Warrington Guardian Education Awards

James sparks debate on podcast

IT’S a podcast with an international audience and two of the most well-respected BBC journalists at the helm. No wonder then that Priestley College student James Scanlan was still buzzing this week after he was heard asking a question on a recent edition of Americast. “I was revising when I heard it and had to […]

Minister visits Priestley College

STUDENTS met Minister for Higher and Further Education Michelle Donelan on Friday to speak about their experiences at Priestley College and their aspirations for the future. Minister Donelan met more than a dozen young people to hear about their courses and if there was anything they might change about them. She said: “It was fantastic […]

Students focus on mental health

Congratulations to the 24 students who completed the Youth Mental Health Awareness course, which was delivered by Imagine Independence. The course covered a number of topics including: What is mental health? Protective and risk factors for mental health The impact of stigma and discrimination on students’ mental health Protective and risk factors case studies Understanding […]

High attendance rewarded

Congratulations to all our Foundation Programme students who received high attendance awards last week. High attendance is crucial to success on any study programme so you have already take a big step towards achieving your goals.

Textiles talents put to good use

MORE than 70 students and staff at Priestley College volunteered to make wiggly bags for patients at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. A wiggly is the child-friendly term used by doctors to refer to their Hickman line and the bag is used to hold this vital piece of equipment. When tutor Emma Lingard asked for help […]

Olympiad Gold for physicist

A PRIESTLEY College student scored one of the top marks on a Physics paper taken by some of the brightest young scientific minds in the country. Tailun Sun, who studies Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths at Priestley, finished in the top 7% of the 4,400 students who entered the Physics Olympiad. For Tailun, who […]

Reserve tickets for Homecoming

Tickets are now sold out for Homecoming, our dance showcase on Wednesday 16th February. However, due to demand we have opened a reserve list and open a second performance to the public. if you would be interested please email Rachel at  Homecoming is a showcase for our Dance and Production Arts students. It celebrates […]

Lecture goes with a bang

A GUEST lecturer sparked the imaginations of Warrington pupils during an enlightening talk at Priestley College. Doctor Frank Mair, a chemist and researcher at The University of Manchester, captivated his audience with a series of memorable demonstrations. “The show is intended to show off some of the more intriguing or spectacular aspects of Chemistry, while also […]

Students make winning return

YOUNG chemists have received prizes sponsored by an international chemical company that aims to drive advancements in science. The three students, who completed their studies at Priestley College last year, returned to campus to receive their awards – which were sponsored by Warrington-based Solvay Interox Limited – from Principal James Gresty. Thomas Shaw, who is […]

Scientists put to the test

A FORMER student returned to Priestley College to give the current cohort a scientific challenge. Duncan Cathie finished his studies in 2015 and now works on projects in support of the Royal Navy. He challenged the high-achieving Chemistry and Physics students to develop a way to make the Creamfields Festival more environmentally-friendly. Former Sir Thomas […]

Priestley to play part in region’s future

PRIESTLEY College is playing its part in a partnership that aims to create world-class education and a workforce with the skills needed by employers. Priestley is part of the collaboration that is the Cheshire and Warrington Institute of Technology (IoT), which has just been awarded £120million by the Government. Its vision is to ensure young […]

Paramedic dream a step closer

A FORMER student who left Priestley College in summer is now well on her way to becoming a paramedic. Sophie Nunn, who excelled in Applied Science as well as Health and Social Care at Priestley, is now at the University of Worcester studying Paramedic Science. “The most enjoyable part of the course so far has […]

Stylist Danyul Brown’s talents are ‘in Vogue’

AS a boy, Danyul Brown would pick up the latest copy of Vogue and tell his mum that he was going to style the cover one day. It would have been easy to question his ambitions, but any doubters have now been proven wrong. For the former Priestley College student and Runcorn lad recently did […]

Signs are good

Congratulations to everyone who completed the sign language enrichment course. We are sure it will prove valuable to you whatever your reason for taking it. Sign language is just one of numerous enrichment activities at Priestley, we encourage all students to take part in one of them.

Valuable insight for criminologists

IT reads like a storyline straight out of the Netflix hit series You. A woman’s friend murdered and her boyfriend turning out to be the guilty party.  In fact it was a workshop at Priestley College designed to give Criminology students an insight into police investigations. “I want to become a detective constable so for […]

Athletes given sporting chance

PRIESTLEY College is leading the way in supporting talented athletes in England after receiving a new accreditation. The honour was awarded by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) recognising the way Priestley supports students in achieving both their sporting and academic goals. “Duel career support is at the forefront of what TASS does and that’s […]

Finance students make it count

STUDENTS from Priestley College have been offered scholarships by one of the most established banking institutes in the country. The London Institute of Banking & Finance offered the scholarships to 17 current and former students after they achieved outstanding results in their Level 3 qualifications. Speaking via zoom for a virtual presentation of their certificates, […]

Gymnast wins silver at British finals

Sport Priestley gymnast Charlotte Kerboas picked up a silver medal at the weekend after a finely-balanced performance at the Acrobatic IDP British Finals. Charlotte finished second in the Women’s Group competition with her teammates Hannah Guerin and Emma Green. They were representing the North West and were only beaten by the North’s number one team. […]

Remembrance Day 2021

Public Services led Priestley College’s Remembrance Day Service today. Three wreaths were laid in honour of the Army, RAF and Navy. In Flanders Fields was read by Ellie Griffiths and a dedication was read by Sgt Tiffany Hubbard. Later in the service student Kayleigh-Anne Mutch read a poem she had written after last year’s service. […]

MP faces student questions

ONE of Warrington’s MPs faced questions from the next generation of voters during a visit to Priestley College this week. Andy Carter, MP for Warrington South, met Priestley’s Politics cohort as part of Parliament Week to discuss his life in Westminster and answer their questions. Among them was former Birchwood Community High School pupil Evelyne […]

Making wire work

WARRINGTON has launched an exhibition celebrating the town’s proud wire heritage – and Priestley students have played their part. The Wire Works exhibition runs in the town centre until November 20 on Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10am – 5pm, and Sundays 11am – 4pm. Professional artist, designer and project manager, Christine Wilcox-Baker, worked with our […]

James takes leading role

JUST three years ago he was the one learning his craft in the studios at Priestley College. Last week, however, student became teacher as James Smalley returned to college with a First from Italia Conti and a wealth of experience to share with this year’s cohort. “I definitely left Priestley with the tools to do […]

Class of 2021 start university

It was great to hear this week from Madgey Thompson (pictured) as she started at the University of Oxford. For Madgey it was a dream come true after two successful years at Priestley College. “I had thought of Oxbridge as ‘elite’ and Priestley was the first time I had realised it wasn’t out of anyone’s […]

Sisters enjoy STEM success

TWO sisters who studied at Priestley College have taken their next steps towards a career in healthcare. Heidi Kressel finished college two years ago and went on to study Medicine at Hull York Medical School and, after collecting her results in August, younger sibling Isabella has followed in her footsteps to study medicine at Manchester […]

Going the distance

PUBLIC Services students went the distance as part of the Tour of Britain celebrations in Warrington. Four students – along with tutor Paul Mackinnon – cycled 100 miles between them to match the day’s goal for the professional cyclists. Former Sir Thomas Boteler pupil Declan Mills, who also studies Criminology, said the toughest part was […]

Celebrating Results Day 2021

THEY had an experience like no other, but despite the pandemic Priestley’s 2021 cohort left college ready to fulfil their dreams and ambitions. Around 1,000 Year 13 students received their results and looked forward to the next stage of their lives whether that be university, an apprenticeship or employment. For Thomas Shaw, who is heading […]

Alumni share advice

FORMER students have returned to Priestley College to share their knowledge and experience with this year’s STEM cohort. The alumni, many of whom have gone on to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects at the UK’s top universities, either visited college or spoke to students virtually. Among them was Lennox Munjoma who is currently […]

Drama students lead the way

TWO Drama students who honed their craft at Priestley College have gone on to perform an impressive double act on a professional stage. Jess Meade directed actress Emily Meechan in a production of ‘Build A Rocket’ at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool five years after they finished their A-Levels. The duo had only ever performed […]

Artists’ national showcases

We are extremely proud to say that work by members of Priestley’s talented Art & Design cohort has been selected for two national online galleries. You can find out more about their incredible achievement in securing positions in the SFCA exhibition and the Origins Creatives showcase below. Read on to also discover how their work […]

Global honour for Priestley duo

TWO students from Priestley College have been honoured for outstanding achievements in a competition that recognises talent across the world. Sophie Nunn and Khalisah Ali received bronze certificates in the Science Learner of the Year category of the global BTEC Awards. Priestley Principal James Gresty said: “Sophie and Khalisah should be so proud of what […]

The show goes on

IT was the show that almost never was. In the end, however, Musical Theatre students at Priestley were able to bring down the curtain on their time at college with a live performance in front of their families. For both students and their tutors, it was an emotional moment as they took to the stage […]

Success for Priestley chemists

Priestley’s chemists recently took part in several competitions testing themselves against peers from across the country. 30 AS students took part in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge on June 26th and this is how they did.   Silver (19%  AS students in the UK sat 90 minute exam and got silver) Barney Khan Shauna Rice Tailun […]

A show to remember

TALENTED young performers took their show on the road to entertain some primary school children. Priestley College’s Musical Theatre cohort performed ‘100 Acre Wood’ and ‘Room on the Broom’ at Bexton Primary School in Knutsford. “It was a first trip out for us since 2019 and our first time in front of a live audience […]

National award for Priestley teachers

STAFF from Priestley College have won a national award recognising how they were able to maintain standards of education during the pandemic. The Sixth Form College’s Association Awards celebrate outstanding practice across the country and Priestley was successful in the ‘Covid Above and Beyond’ category. Sarah Graham, Assistant Principal for Teaching, Learning and Assessment, oversaw […]

Stage is set for a bright future

AN ASPIRING actress is heading to a drama school that has been producing stars of stage, TV, film and radio for more than half a century. Jenna Smith, who studies Drama, Dance and PE at Priestley College, has chosen to study at East 15 Acting School in London after also receiving an offer from the […]

Puppet masters put on a show

PRODUCTION Arts students turned puppet masters as part of their course this year. They were asked to create their own puppets and put on a show as part of their BTEC. “It was a great challenge as normally they would be behind the scenes, but in this task their puppets got to take centre stage,” […]

Commendation for Philosophy student

A PRIESTLEY student has received a commendation from a leading university for his essay challenging the arguments of an Ancient Greek philosopher. Jake Burke, who studies Philosophy, was one of 10 entrants to be acknowledged by The University of Sheffield following their UK-wide essay competition. “It really feels great getting praise for independent work because […]

Performers have world at their feet

A TALENTED group of performers have shown that all the world is their stage after securing offers from the UK’s top theatre schools. Students on Priestley College’s Musical Theatre course have so far received 25 offers from specialist institutions famed for helping their students carve out careers on the stage, in TV and film. “Despite […]

Graphic Designers make their mark

GRAPHIC Designers studying at Priestley College have been accepting challenges set by a variety of fascinating ‘clients’. The students have been set live briefs by organisations as diverse as a publishing company, an international photographic magazine and a leadership movement founded in the Netherlands. “These kinds of opportunities are invaluable for students to learn how […]

NHS Careers Day is an inspiration

MORE than 70 students took a step towards their dream jobs during an NHS Careers Day at Priestley College. Members of Priestley’s Health & Social Care cohort took part in the virtual event run by Cheshire and Warrington Pledge. “The aim of the day was to raise awareness of more than 300 roles within the NHS,” said Priestley’s […]

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 physicists 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 […]

Winter Showcase spectacular

THEY say ‘all the world’s a stage’ and students at Priestley College have certainly proved that to be true this year. For – in a bid to keep up despite the pandemic – the Performing Arts and Drama cohorts have been taking cues from their kitchens, living rooms and, on summer days, their gardens. “It’s […]

Triumph for Thalia as she secures scholarship

A game design student has been awarded a scholarship as she pursues her dream of breaking into the multi-billion pound industry. Thalia Thompson studied Computer Games Design at Priestley College before going on to Edge Hill University where she has received the ‘High Achievers Scholarship’. The award will help fund her studies over the next […]

A selfie to remember

A TRIP to Washington led to a chance meeting with one of the most senior figures in American politics for Priestley College students. As they followed a tour guide through the corridors of power they bumped into Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan. History student Charlie Bravo-Antelo was quick-witted enough to ask for […]

Mummy makes the day at Manchester Museum

STUDENTS got up close to a 2500-year-old cat during a recent study visit. Priestley College’s budding archaeologists were at The Manchester Museum when they came face-to-face with the pet that was mummified by the Egyptians. “They were asked to investigate its age and function – for example whether it was a religious sacrifice – using […]

World issues debated at ‘UN Conference’

Priestley students took on the issues affecting some of the world’s most controversial countries during a model UN debate. The sixth formers represented Cuba, Iran and Saudi Arabia during debates held at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College in Birmingham. They won 10 awards for their lobbying, persuasive speaking and original resolutions. “I think the biggest […]

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New partnership is worthy of note

YOUNG musicians in Warrington are set to benefit from Priestley College’s new partnership with one of the world’s leading musical software companies. Steinberg – a leading producer of music recording, arranging and editing software – has named Priestley one of only 16 training centres it currently has in the UK. “Thanks to our certification all […]

Land of opportunity opens up for language students

PRIESTLEY students found out more about a land of new opportunities during the ‘Manchester Centre for Languages and Cultures’ launch event. The language students took part in a workshop entitled ‘China: the land of new opportunities’ in which they explored the opportunities China has to offer, learnt about the culture and some of the Mandarin language. “After […]

Award-winner shares her knowledge

Kerry Edwards initially struggled with French at Priestley because she found it very different to GCSE. However, she grew to love learning the language at college and now she is teaching others. “I met some really lovely people by doing French at Priestley and I feel that this subject in particular helped massively in developing […]

Trip of a lifetime in America

STUDENTS visited the world’s largest museum and some of its most famous landmarks during a trip to America. History, Politics, Archaeology and Classical Civilisation students from Priestley College visited the Smithsonian and the Lincoln Memorial during a whistle-stop tour of Washington and New York. “Seeing the House of Representatives was great,” said Greg Horne, a […]

Get fit in a flash with Lydia’s app

A STUDENT has created an app she hopes will help people around the world make friends and get fit. Lydia Jones, who studies BTEC Personal Training and Sport Science at Priestley College in Warrington, created FitFlash after feeling a sense of separation as a result of being home schooled. “I was home schooled which worked […]

Students win valuable work experience at Barclays

STUDENTS won the opportunity of work experience with an international bank after impressing judges with their idea for a new app. Barclays invited the team from Priestley College into its Knutsford HQ Radbroke Hall during the February half term to work 9-to-5 and experience meetings, conference calls and telepresence. “Our work experience programme is about […]

Tribute to Viola Beach

Following the tragic news about Tomas, Jack, River and Kristian at the weekend, Priestley Principal Matthew Grant has paid this tribute to our former students who made up the band Viola Beach. “Governors, staff, students, past and present, and the wider Priestley College community are all devastated by the tragic news. Our thoughts and prayers […]

Making waves in world of radio

A WARRINGTON student was invited to learn from the best at BBC Radio 5 after making the shortlist for a work experience. Earl Dubique-Ashton, who studies OCR Level 3 Media and A-Level Electronics at Priestley College, was invited to train with the experts at the station’s training centre in Evesham. Over several days he learned the […]

Students win medals in maths challenge

STUDENTS at Priestley College achieved one gold, six silver and 17 bronze medals in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge. More than 82,000 students from across the UK took part with the top 10% receiving a gold certificate, the next 20% silver and the following 30% bronze. Priestley’s gold medallist was Abigail Barrell, formerly of Lymm […]

Sounds like Will has a lot to shout about

A STUDENT with a talent for making a noise has secured a spot at the UK’s top university for those who like to work behind the scenes. Will Thompson, from Lymm, will join the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama – the equivalent of Oxbridge for those interested in Production Arts – after two […]

Wolves’ player takes the Knowledge Express

WARRINGTON Wolves’ Chief Executive has helped launch a drive to inspire young people across the town. Roger Draper joined Principal Matthew Grant to launch Priestley College’s new bus, which features Wolves player Ashton Sims on the window. Sims joined Wolves last year and has formerly captained Fiji. “There are some truly remarkable people featured on […]

Fashion with a conscience

ART students have drawn on current affairs to make political statements with their latest creations. Priestley College’s Art Foundation students took inspiration from recent news stories as they explored whether fashion can have a political conscience. One group tackled the ‘tampon tax’ with their piece – making a flapper dress from the sanitary items. “When […]

Soprano’s masterclass for Priestley performers

FOUR years ago she was sitting in their seats, dreaming of taking her talent to a higher level. On Tuesday, former Priestley College student Erin Alexander returned to impart words of wisdom gathered since starting her BMus (Hons) in Classical Vocal Performance at the University of Chichester. Working with the current Performing Arts cohort Erin […]

Open Event – March 23, 5.30pm to 7.30pm

A chance to see Priestley College to help decide whether it is the place for you to study in September 2016. Meet tutors, current students and see the excellent campus.

Scholarship for former Priestley student

A FORMER Priestley College student has won a scholarship after learning to become an operating department practitioner at Warrington Hospital. Lauren Monaghan, who studied A-Levels in English Literature, Biology and Chemistry at Priestley, is a third year student at Edge Hill University and trained with Warrington and Halton NHS Foundation Trust throughout the course. She […]

Students take on Donald Trump

A TEAM of students has saved the world from Donald Trump – in a computer game at least. The five sixth formers transformed the American presidential hopeful into a scary alien-like monster in a format they created during Priestley College’s annual ‘Game Jam.’ “We definitely drew on what we have seen on the news,” said […]

Marines put students through their paces

SIXTH formers trained with Royal Commandos to see whether they would be up to the challenge of becoming a marine. Thirteen students from Priestley College – who are all studying the Public Services BTEC course – attended the Commando Training Centre, the principal training ground for the Royal Marines. George Farrelly, who is 17, passed […]

Young designers enter a competitive market

A DESIGN agency has challenged sixth formers to create a marketing campaign for one of its international clients. Sense Not Logic has tasked Priestley College students with designing adverts and creating a viral marketing campaign for Socotra – a company that delivers freight across the world. Creative Director Don Allen said the challenge for Priestley’s […]

Celebration of success at Priestley

PRIESTLEY College has celebrated the incredible achievements of its Class of 2015 at a prestigious awards evening. Honours were handed out for academic achievements along with Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards and further praise for the students’ involvement in the community around Warrington. Speaking to the cohort, Principal Matthew Grant said: “You overcame disabilities, health […]

Bethany’s mercy mission to Nepal

A STUDENT from Priestley College has helped build a school in a Nepalese village devastated by an earthquake. Bethany Heeley, who is 17, travelled to Thulodhunga in the Basa region with other cadets from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service to put the finishing touches to the school. “Seeing the children’s faces when we handed over […]

Sweet smell of business success

SIXTH formers are aiming to prove they’ve got what it takes to succeed in business – with a little help from one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs. The A-level Business students have been given £200 from a national initiative, backed by Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones, to create a business with the ultimate aim […]

A head for heights

FOR some, it was a giant leap of faith. However, all 100 students from Priestley College completed the four-mile run followed by a 20-metre abseil that raised funds to buy presents for patients at Alder Hey and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Firefighter Andy Hallworth spent hours suspended at the top of Zero Gravity Safety’s abseil […]

Biologists find their natural habitat

A BEACH became an outdoor classroom for biologists from Priestley College. More than 40 A-Level students headed to Formby to investigate how environments have changed over the decades as well as measure the abundance of populations both on the beach and in woodland. “It was good to have a go at the data-collecting techniques we […]

Holly is one of UK’s outstanding students

A SIXTH former from Priestley College has been chosen as one of the UK’s outstanding students. Holly Roach, who is the College Council President at Priestley, was honoured at the awards staged by Pure Potential and financial services firm UBS. The honour recognised her academic achievements as well as the contribution she makes to the […]

Heading into the unknown

SCOTT Kingsley can expect many new experiences during his gap year in Guyana. Not only will he go from student to teacher as he imparts some wisdom on local children, he will also be cut off from the technological world in which he has grown up. “It will be the first time I will have […]

On course for golf success

A YOUNG golfer from Warrington will represent the North West in one of the largest annual sporting events in England. Callum Blinkhorn, from Culcheth, has qualified for the AoC National Championships in April and will compete against other college students from around the country. The Priestley College student shot a round of 70 at the […]

Priestley receives platinum honour from RAF

THE Royal Air Force has cemented its links with Priestley by honouring the college with one of only 50 platinum awards given out in the North West. Flight Lieutenant Ed Stephens presented the plaque to Principal Matthew Grant on Monday, signifying the ongoing links between the two organisations. “This partnership gives young people the opportunity […]

National recognition for Priestley student

A STUDENT has been recognised for successfully completing his studies and contributing to college life despite battling with a brain tumour. Duncan Cathie was highly commended in the Association of Colleges’ Student of the Year Award after his incredible achievements at Priestley College in Warrington. The 19-year-old underwent two operations including a craniotomy at Alder […]

Dom finds his course in life

A STUDENT who hadn’t made plans to go to university a year ago is now aiming to study Medicine with hopes of becoming a doctor. Dom Crawley, from Great Sankey, discovered his passion after taking the Pre Med course at Priestley College and has just finished in the top 10% in the country on a […]

Open Event – Weds, November 11

Our Open Events are the best way to find out whether college life is for you. The next event is on: Wednesday 11 November from 5.30pm to 8pm Principal Matthew Grant will be giving a talk during both events when there will also be the chance to ask him questions. Performing Arts students will be putting on performances and there […]

Talk on university fees

The Student Finance Tour will be visiting Priestley College on Wednesday October 14 at 6pm. The aim is to help you understand the facts about university fees from September 2016 and about loans, grants and other forms of support available to your child. The session will last no longer than 90 minutes including a chance to ask questions. Email to […]

Priestley tutor launches new exhibition

A PRIESTLEY tutor has focused on the lives of volunteer army reserve soldiers in a new exhibition. Kevin Crooks, who teaches photography at Priestley, has produced the On Reserve project which consists of photographs, as well as video and sound installations that document the stories of volunteer reservists based in the North West. In preparing the World of […]

Ashleigh makes a move to inspire young dancers

WHEN Ashleigh Bradbury first arrived at Priestley College she was too shy to speak up in class. Now – having discovered her confidence through dance – the former student is returning to help develop Priestley’s contemporary dance company and inspire the next generation. “I was quiet when I started at Priestley, but I really found […]

Claire thinks big in search for answers

A FORMER Priestley College student is at the forefront of scientific investigations into some of the tiniest organisms on the planet. Dr Claire Stanley, who left Priestley with a passion for sciences and As in the subjects, is now conducting research at ETH Zurich – one of the leading international universities for technology and the […]

Dancers take a step in the right direction

YOUNG dancers from Warrington and Halton are heading to the UK’s top dance and theatre schools after dazzling tutors and examiners with their skills. Priestley College’s dance cohort have secured places at London Studio Centre, LIPA,  De Montfort and Edge Hill amongst others following a remarkable set of A-Level results, which saw 80% secure A* […]

Carys stays on track for success

A YOUNG athlete is balancing college with competing internationally in the 800 metres. Carys McAulay, who is 17, is studying A-Level Biology, Spanish and PE at Priestley College while also fitting in her training. She has just jetted out to Samoa for the Youth Commonwealth Games, a 52-hour trip, but not before checking in with […]

Priestley students meet MoD chief at Whitehall

PRIESTLEY College students have told a top Army General how the MoD’s outreach programme has made a difference to them. Five students explained to Lt Gen Andrew Gregory CB, Chief of Defence People, how working with the MoD over the past year had given them lifelong skills and increased their confidence. “They spoke very passionately […]

Students celebrate A-Level results

MORE than 600 young people collected A-Level results at Priestley College today (Thursday) and were celebrating after two years of study. They secured a 99% pass rate – the eleventh successive year a cohort has enjoyed this achievement at Priestley – with 100% passing in 39 subjects. Among them was Katheryn Thompson, formerly of Penketh […]

Expert’s thought-provoking focus on the brain

AN eminent biologist met students at Priestley College to share his knowledge of Neuroscience. Dr Guy Sutton, Honorary Consultant Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham Medical School, is an expert in the genetics of neurodevelopment and neuropathology. During his visit to Priestley he dissected a sheep’s brain and discussed brain anatomy across species from […]

Engineers show their mettle

FOUR young engineers have proved their weight in gold. Priestley’s Natalie Renshaw, Owen Smith, Ben Brown and Alex Smith worked with three engineers from Sellafield Ltd to work out a solution to a problem posed by the company. The challenge was set as part of the Engineering Education Scheme that is pursued by many Priestley students […]

Knowledge is key for biologists

YOUNG biologists turned detectives in the Society of Biology’s annual quiz. Four students from Priestley College used their knowledge to identify organisms found in rock pools as well as using photographic evidence to answer questions on evolution ecology and adaptation. Priestley finished sixth out of 24 teams from across the North West at the contest […]

Teams Piranha and Stingray take to the skies

YOUNG engineers from Priestley College soared in a recent competition to build the best model aeroplane. Two teams from Priestley took part in the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) contest, which challenged each to build a radio controlled plane that could carry a load around a course at Elvington Airfield. Despite being up against colleges […]

Politics in the spotlight at Priestley

PRIESTLEY College hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords aimed at encouraging students to become more engaged with politics. Lord Sharkey met A-Level students for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords. This was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects […]

Students head to the BAFTAs

TWO students from Priestley College will walk the red carpet after being nominated for BAFTAs. Declan Metcalfe and Joni Ashton, who have both just completed their Computer Games Design BTEC Extended Diploma, are finalists in the BAFTA Young Game Designers competition. They will attend a ceremony at BAFTA’s headquarters in Piccadilly where they will walk […]

Zach named BTEC Creative Art and Design Student of the Year

PRIESTLEY’S Zach Wrightson was this week named Outstanding BTEC Creative Art and Design Student of the Year at the National BTEC Awards. The competition, which celebrates achievement in the country’s most widely taken vocational qualification, was held in London on July 7. The awards recognise the nearly one million students around the country who are […]

Solvay science day success at Priestley

Priestley teamed up with a leading chemical company last week to inspire scientists of the future. The college invited pupils from Sir Thomas Boteler, St Gregory’s, Cardinal Newman and Beamont Collegiate Academy into college to meet experts from Solvay. They also discovered what learning is like in a college laboratory and took part in a […]

Talent on show

TALENTED artists have showcased their work in Priestley College and in a virtual art gallery. The A-Level and BTEC students displayed skills in subjects as varied as Fashion/Textiles to Computer Game Design to Fine Art and Photography. Their achievements were displayed in the college’s gallery, but also made online at “Every year we enjoy […]

Ex-Priestley student is Young Adult Learner of the Year

A FORMER Priestley College student has been named Young Adult Learner of the Year. Mohamed Mahyoub, who combined his English GCSE at Priestley with a BTEC in IT, an A-Level in Arabic and an AS in Business, won the awards last week and then spoke of the importance of education. “I believe that weaknesses do […]

Priestley’s talented trio win at Apps for Good finals

YOUNG designers from Priestley College won a national competition to create a new app ahead of 22,000 other students. Josh Rose, Eve Billington and Ben Dommet’s app – Jobs 4 You – helps students to find local jobs and also prepares them for interviews with checklists and tips as sets an alarm so they never […]

Barclays sets Poppy a tall order

It was a tall order, but Poppy Willock was up to the challenge. For when Barclays in Knutsford wanted a huge mural for the entrance to one of its campus buildings on its 64-acre technology centre Radbroke, they called on the Priestley College student to create her vision of ‘Building Tomorrow’s Bank’. It was no […]

Alice helps lead search for malaria cure

A WARRINGTON woman is playing a leading role in the world’s search to find a cure for malaria. Alice Williamson, who discovered her passion for science while studying at Priestley College, was recently named one of Australia’s most promising young scientists due to her work with the Open Source Malaria project. “We are designing new […]

Charity offers helping hand to former student

PRIESTLEY’S charity – set up to support current and former students – is to help a young man work with underprivileged children in Peru. James Jennion, of Padgate, is to receive £150 from the Priestley Education & Training Trust to pay for his flights to South America. “I will be organising transportation for the volunteers and […]

MoD opens its doors to Priestley

STUDENTS visited the heart of the British Armed Forces and met some of the top brass during their trip. Priestley College’s Public Services students visited the Ministry of Defence in London spending time in the control room and speaking to officials. Student Thomas Johnson, who hopes to work as a mental health nurse in the […]

Priestley praised for making a difference to young people’s lives

PRIESTLEY College has been honoured for the comprehensive support it gives young people in taking their next steps in education and employment. The college, on Loushers Lane, has been awarded the Government’s Matrix Standard in recognition of the guidance it offers young people in Warrington, Halton and the surrounding areas. Assessor Pat McDermott said in […]

Olympian inspires next generation of athletes

AN Olympic champion – who won gold in 2012 – has inspired college students with his story of bouncing back from defeat. Tim Baillie MBE presented Priestley College’s annual sports awards last week, but before doing so told how failure to qualify for the Beijing Olympics spurred him on to success in London. “We fell […]

Museum opens its Cabinet of Curiosities

CURIOUS artefacts have inspired an exhibition by a group of Warrington students. Warrington Museum and Art Gallery opened its Cabinet of Curiosities to Fine Art students from Priestley College and asked them to create their own pieces. Now the guest curators have put together an exhibition that will run for the next year alongside many […]

Jake closes in on his own goal

WHEN Jake Elsworth got chatting to the Barcelona FC press team he could scarcely imagine it would lead to him watching the game at the Nou Camp stadium. However, that’s exactly what happened as the Priestley College student was asked to write a blog about the return leg with Manchester City. “I talked to them […]

Scholarship for aspiring accountant

AN ASPIRING accountant has won a scholarship worth more than £15,000 to help him on his journey to success. George Preidt, who studies A-Level Accounts at Priestley College, is one of only 19 students in the country to secure the Kaplan Scholarship. It is the third time in four years a student from Priestley College […]

Priestley judged the best in courtroom drama

PRIESTLEY has won a battle of words and minds with students from three other North West colleges. The A-Level Law students – who all hope to work in the legal profession – won the prestigious Sixth Form Mock Trial Competition defeating Calday Grange Grammar School, Birkenhead Sixth Form College and Barrow Hall College. A judging […]

Students show app-titude for success

A MEETING of minds has helped students develop their ideas for the next great app. Priestley College invited Andy Jones – who this year launched a children’s game app – and Manchester-based digital company Igniso to work with students on their apps. Andy, from Stockton Heath, said: “It was good to share my thoughts on […]

Swimmers secure bronze in nationals

SWIMMERS from Priestley College returned from a national championship with bronze medals this week. Andrew McLay, Adam Ravenscroft, Bradley Harrison and Aaron Hill helped the North West secure third place in the British Colleges National Swimming Championships. “We’re really proud of their achievements,” said Priestley Tutor Katie Radford, who accompanied the students to the competition […]

Performing is in the blood for Laura

WHEN Laura Harrison last trod the boards at Priestley College she dazzled audiences as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers. Now the 27-year-old is in Blood Brothers again – this time touring the country with an award-winning national production of the musical. “Blood Brothers was our last show at Priestley so it’s really fitting that I […]

Eclipse draws a crowd on campus

HUNDREDS of students gathered at Priestley College to watch the first solar eclipse of their lifetime. Science students turned up prepared with colanders, cereal boxes and eclipse glasses whilst almost everyone seemed to have a mobile phone to record the historic moment. “It was great to see students from across the college experiencing this truly […]

Stage is set for student success

THEY’VE impressed audiences in Warrington, but now some of the town’s young performers are heading to even bigger stages. Priestley College’s Performing Arts students have been offered places at some of the country’s top acting and dance schools including East 15 School of Acting, Bird College of Dance and the Urdang Academy in London. “Audiences […]

Barclays set smartphone challenge

BARCLAYS asked Priestley College students how they would market its innovative smartphone service. It set the BTEC Graphic Design students the task of creating a marketing storyboard to promote Pingit – a service that allows users to send and receive money with just a telephone number. “We asked the Priestley students for their ideas on […]

Writers put words to unknown faces

FOR decades the portraits have remained a mystery, faces without names or personalities. Now, though, 30 English students from Priestley College have breathed new life into the characters seen in a series of paintings included in an exhibition at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery. Every Picture Tells a Story features the portraits and alongside words […]

Rock musician says ‘aim for more than the status quo’

A FORMER Priestley student – who is now in one of the world’s most famous rock bands – returned to college this week to inspire the next generation of musicians. Leon Cave, 36, is used to holding the attention of thousands as Status Quo’s drummer but on Tuesday it was a smaller audience of Music […]

Ex-student stages exhibition at Warrington Museum

An exhibition featuring the work of former Priestley student Pete Regan is currently being staged at the Warrington Museum and Art Gallery. ‘From the Depths’ was inspired by Pete’s experiences of learning to live with depression and features art, film and photography. You can watch a time lapse video of the exhibition being set up […]

Game Jam at Priestley College

YOUNG designers have taken part in the kind of challenge that has led to the creation of some of the world’s most successful computer games. Priestley College staged a ‘game jam’ for students on the Computer Games Design course and four different ideas were developed to the point of playing in just four days. Joni […]

Principal’s goals for the future

PRINCIPAL Matthew Grant has vowed to continue to drive Priestley College forward while maintaining its place at the heart of the Warrington community. Matthew, who took over in January, said he was proud to lead the College and added that it was one of Priestley’s strengths to not sit back. “Priestley and its students have […]

#MuseumSelfie day

Creative Writing students have used annonymous portraits from history to contribute to #MuseumSelfi Day at Warrington Museum >

Sam doubles for Johnny Depp

THERE was bound to be a few bizarre moments when a former Priestley College student doubled for Johnny Depp in his new film. But sitting in a bathtub opposite Gwyneth Paltrow’s double probably topped them all. Sam Allen stood in for the Pirates of the Caribbean actor in various scenes in the caper, Mortdecai. Read […]

Former students to direct Shakespeare play

WHEN budding thespians from Neoteric Theatre group first trod the boards it was in front of just 30 friends and family. They tripled their audience when 90 people watched their performance of When The Rain Stops Falling at Priestley College. But now Neoteric Theatre’s directors Ben Thomas and Zoe Blundell are expecting an audience of […]

Help to spruce up your home

Priestley College is working with Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) to provide introductory  FREE workshop sessions in Bewsey and Dallam to help anyone who wants hints and tips on sprucing up their house and garden on a budget. GGHT is providing a prize of £300 for one lucky  tenant from the area who is judged […]

Presents sent to children’s hospitals

A ROYAL Air Force helicopter landed at Priestley College earlier this week to collect presents for children in two hospitals. Students raised more than £2,000 to pay for the presents, which were flown to Alder Hey in Liverpool and The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Monday. Father Christmas boarded the helicopter at Priestley where the […]

International magazine sets students a design challenge

A PHOTOGRAPHY magazine that is read across the world has challenged Priestley College students to design some of its pages. Professional Imagemaker – which is delivered to photographers in 72 countries – has asked BTEC Graphic Design students at Priestley to create pages fit for its readership. “The biggest thing the students bring to it […]

MBE for Margaret

Congratulations to adult learner Margaret Isherwood who is 96 and has just received an MBE and a wink from Prince William. Margaret, who started learning new skills through Priestley College’s adult learning courses 11 years ago, was honoured for her services to adult learning. Read the full story at the Warrington Guardian >

Friends raise road safety awareness

TWO friends have raised awareness about road safety after one of their pals was in a collision with a car. Sophie Crisp and Kelsey Gray, both formerly of The Heath but who now study at Priestley College in Warrington, were inspired to come up with a campaign after their friend lost her memory following the […]

Priestley swimmers impress in nationals

WARRINGTON has one of the fastest swim teams in the country after a stunning performance by Priestley College’s swimmers. Competing in the national finals of the English Schools’ Swimming Association championships Priestley’s male medley team finished seventh. Head of Sport Nigel Howells said it was an incredible achievement for the swimmers who were competing in […]

Actors on tour roll into Priestley

TWO actors from the UK Touring Theatre shared some stage secrets with students at Priestley College. Adam Redmayne and Felicity Rhys ran a workshop with 25 of Priestley’s English Language and Literature students based on Henrik Ibsen’s play ‘A Doll’s House’. “It was a great opportunity for the students to work with talented actors who […]

Drive to inspire young people

  PRIESTLEY has launched a drive to inspire young people in Warrington to achieve great things. A bus that carries its students from Helsby to Warrington has been wrapped with the faces of high achievers and inspirational characters. Deputy Principal Matthew Grant said he hoped it would act as a constant reminder to its students […]

Archaeologists delve into the past

A PROFESSOR took students back in time during a lecture at Priestley College. Professor John Gowlett, from Liverpool University, spoke to A Level Archaeology students about important milestones in human evolution. “It was a good opportunity for them to hear from such an eminent expert in the field of evolutionary anthropology,” said Priestley Tutor Oliver […]

En route to help children’s hospitals

PRIESTLEY students cycled a combined 480 miles to raise money for two children’s hospitals. The 16 young people set off from The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and cycled to Alder Hey in Liverpool along the Liverpool-East Lancashire Road. They hope to raise £500 for an RAF appeal that will see presents delivered to the wards […]

Priestley opens £1.5million technology centre

PRIESTLEY College has opened a technology centre that will improve the education of thousands of young people. The £1.5million development – which will be known as the Lewis Carroll Building – will house more than 200 computers and be home to Priestley’s computing and ICT courses. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Principal Mike Southworth said […]

Shadow education secretary praises Priestley

LABOUR’S shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt remarked on the ‘extensive’ provision at Priestley College during a visit to Warrington last week. Mr Hunt heaped praise on the college for its range of facilities which enables the institution to offer a range of subjects to students in the town. For the full story, courtesy of the […]

Barclays banks on young minds

A NATIONAL bank has challenged Priestley College students to demonstrate their app-titude for technology. Barclays has asked a team of BTEC IT students to come up with a solution to one scenario from a list of five. The first years are now working on an idea for a fun and informative app to teach children […]

Nearly 200 Priestley students secure apprenticeships and jobs

ALAN Sugar may only hire one apprentice at a time, but nearly 200 Priestley College students have secured work since finishing their studies. Among the 2014 cohort – who left Priestley in summer – are dozens of young people who achieved apprenticeships at major companies including the NHS, AMEC Nuclear, the BBC, Airbus, Monarch Airlines, […]

Students tackle world issues

SIXTY Priestley College students debated world issues at a model UN Conference on Wednesday. They were joined by peers from Ashton Sixth Form College to argue on behalf of their nominated countries about matters such as the Russia / Ukraine conflict, Palestine and religious freedoms. “It was an excellent opportunity for the students to be […]

A love of languages at Priestley

STUDENTS have spelt out why they chose to study languages at Priestley College. Georgia Worswick, who came to Priestley from The Grange School, studies French, Spanish, Philosophy and Sociology. She enjoys learning languages as well as gaining understanding of different cultures and hopes to pursue a career related to languages. “I prefer college to high […]

Travel green and safe

STUDENTS and staff have received some expert advice on how to safely cycle to Priestley College. Warrington Borough Council’s Travel Warrington team set up shop outside the college’s Crescent Building alongside Doctor Bike who provides affordable cycle maintenance in Warrington. Together they offered free bike checks, route advice, skills training and safety equipment. “We were […]

CERN trip inspires young scientists

SCIENTISTS of the future visited the place where the World Wide Web was invented and where the Higgs Boson particle was discovered. Students from Priestley College headed to CERN in Switzerland where they were taken underground to see the detector that gathered some of the data that helped reveal the particle. Among them was Jack […]

Sign up for enrichment at Priestley

You will be able to sign up for enrichment classes from tomorrow (September 16). Information for both general and active enrichments will be sent out via personal tutors this week. You will then be able to sign up to all classes via student Quay – on any computer in college or at home. Additional information on […]

Young innovators take idea to the top

THREE Priestley students visited Facebook’s London HQ and met industry experts during a trip to the city. Elliot McKenzie, Dylan Waters and Elliot Grey made it through to the finals of the Apps for Good competition with their concept Sweg Messenger. During their time in London they were guided around Facebook’s office and saw its […]

Decade of success for Priestley College

PRIESTLEY College was celebrating a decade of success today (Thursday) as students secured a 100% pass rate in 38 subjects. For the 10th year in succession there was a 99% pass rate across all subjects with 72% of A Level grades awarded at A* to C. Deputy Principal Matthew Grant said the success had been […]

Evan’s a star of the stage

  A YOUNG actor – who only discovered his talent for the stage after suffering a rugby injury – is heading for one of the UK’s top theatre schools.   Evan Sutton, from Abram, collected three Distinction* in his BTECs on Tuesday after two years of studying and performing at Priestley College.   The 18-year-old […]

Engineers take flight

YOUNG engineers put their skills to the test when they designed and built model planes. Two teams from Priestley College constructed very different planes with the help of experts from Warrington Flying Club and Halton Flying Club. Tutor Steve Pennington said: “They were given a specific brief so it was a good test of their […]

Duncan’s charity goal for Ronald McDonald House

A STUDENT is raising money for a charity that provided a home for his parents whilst he underwent brain surgery. Duncan Cathie, who is 18 and from Lowton, has endured two operations including a craniotomy at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. His parents were able to stay at Ronald McDonald House during his stints in hospital […]

BTEC students take step in right direction

FUTURE performers, artists, sportsmen, carers and businessmen took the next step to realising their ambitions on Tuesday. More than 300 students at Priestley College are due to receive their BTEC results this summer and head off to further education, apprenticeships and employment. “We’re very proud of their achievements in what has been another great year […]

Graham sets the standards on War Horse

IT’S a story that has wowed audiences across the country and won over critics with its brilliance. War Horse – seen by five million so far – is an international team effort, but a former Priestley College student and Warringtonian has played a vital part in this tale of success. Graham McKnight, who studied at […]

Nuffield honour for Priestley duo

TWO Priestley College students have secured places on a prestigious programme for the UK’s top young scientists. Jasmine Morris and Sarah Taylor have been offered Nuffield Research Placements and will spend time working with top scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. “It is great achievement for both Jasmine and Sarah and we are very proud of […]

Solvay science day success at Priestley

Priestley teamed up with a leading chemical company last week to inspire scientists of the future. The college invited more than 60 pupils from Sir Thomas Boteler and St Gregory’s as well as the Beamont Collegiate Academy into college to meet experts from Solvay. They also discovered what learning is like in a college laboratory […]

English students to publish anthology

SOME writers can wait years to see their work published and for others it never happens at all. That’s not the story for Priestley College’s poets and authors, however, as once again they will have their work published in a creative writing anthology. “It gives students the opportunity to be professionally published, which can be […]

Game designers create virtual worlds

DESIGNERS hoping to crack into a multi-billion-pound industry have been given the first chance to show off their work. Priestley College’s first cohort of Computer Game Design students have exhibited their work for tutors, parents, examiners and the public. Among the creations are creepy character designs, virtual reality worlds and educational games. “It’s a really […]

Students enjoy a magical picture of the past

TODAY’S photographers are used to adding filters at the touch of a few buttons on their phones or computers. However, photography students from Priestley College recently discovered what it was like to produce a photograph in the 1850s and the results were magical. Under the watchful eyes of experts from Black Glass Studios in High […]

Royal Academy honour for Daniel

AN artist has received one of the greatest accolades in the art world for his age group. Daniel Banks, who studies Fine Art and Graphic Design at Priestley College, has seen a piece of his artwork included in the Royal Academy’s A Level Summer Exhibition Online. His piece – Construction 2 – was one of […]

Cabin Crew share secrets of success

STUDENTS got a taste of the high life when they learnt how to be members of a cabin crew. Cabin Crew Workshop visited Priestley College in Warrington and shared some of the secrets to becoming the perfect airline hosts and hostesses. They shared tips on group interview techniques, creating a good first impression, personal grooming […]

Accountancy scholarship for Zach

A PRIESTLEY College student has been awarded a scholarship to help him with his accountancy studies. Zach Wilde, from South Dale in Penketh, is one of only 19 students in the country to receive the Kaplan scholarship. He will carry out an apprenticeship as an analyst accountant with Manchester-based ASC Renewables and receive full training, […]

Priestley win Team NINETEEN football event

PRIESTLEY College won the male league in the recent regional Team NINETEEN tournament. Held at Orford Jubilee Park, 14 student teams from across the North West showcased their talents. Cheshire was represented by Priestley, Wirral Metropolitan, Macclesfield, Stockport and South Cheshire College. The tournament had a World Cup theme, with the top two from each […]

Heading for the hills

STUDENTS will be heading to a classroom with some of the best views in Britain tomorrow. International Baccalaureate students are going to the Snowdonia field studies centre – otherwise known as Rhyd-y-Creuau – to study the ecology of the landscape. “It’s the chance to study in an outdoor classroom like no other,” said Tutor Jo […]

Stepping into the limelight

PERFORMERS and backstage stars from Priestley College are set to tread the same boards as some of Britain’s finest actors. An incredible 17 offers have been made to the college’s Performing Arts students from some of the UK’s most prestigious theatre schools. “The offers they have received are the equivalent to them of Oxford and […]

Words of praise for Connie’s dystopian story

A STUDENT who has coped with a heart condition during her time at Priestley College is in line for a national literary award. Connie Callon, has been recognised in the Lancaster Writing Awards which seeks to honour emerging talents and this year received more than 250 entries from across the UK. “It came as a […]

Inspired by..

YOUNG artists have drawn inspiration from a museum’s art collection for a new exhibition in Warrington. BTEC students from Priestley College were given access to the Warrington Museum and Art Gallery’s archives as a starting point for their paintings. Their responses are now on display at the museum alongside the originals by artists such as […]

Take flight with the RAF

*update May 8 Check out this latest video of the RAF visit to Priestley. The crew collected presents for Alder Hey and The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and then delivered them directly to patients.       AN RAF helicopter landed on the field at Priestley College on Monday to collect presents for children at […]

Author’s words of praise for Priestley students

AN award-winning author who spent a week with wordsmiths from Priestley College said they had given him hope for the future.Kevin MacNeil, whose debut The Stornoway Way was a critical and commercial success, praised their talent and attitude. “I have never seen such a group of students of 16, 17 and 18 years conduct themselves […]

Medal success for scientists

PRIESTLEY enjoyed a successful medal haul in the most recent Chemistry, Physics and Biology Olympiads. One Priestley A2 learner secured gold in both Chemistry and Physics and has gone through to the international round. Also in the Physics contest Sam Chilcott secured bronze while commendations were awarded to Sam Brown and Alice Drinkwater. All had […]

Stylish way to raise money for charities

A FASHION show has raised money for young people with cancer and those who need help paying for their education. Art and Textiles students from Priestley College created a range of clothing resembling everything from Miss Haversham’s wedding dress to costumes for the theatre and the fashion show, which attracted an enthusiastic audience of parents, […]

Sellafield sets nuclear challenge

A COMPANY that is responsible for decommissioning the UK’s nuclear legacy has set young scientists at Priestley College a challenge. Sellafield Ltd, which has a base at Risley near Warrington, has given the Priestley learners a challenge linked to the work they do. Now the students will present their conclusions to a panel of experts […]

African mission for Liam

A STUDENT is hoping to give up his summer holiday to help build a hospital in Africa. Liam Cooke is planning to spend three months in Malawi, which is one of the least developed countries in the world. The 18-year-old said he wanted to help build a hospital and help educate local children, but first […]

All roads lead to Rome

STUDENTS visited Pompeii and climbed Mount Vesuvius during a recent trip to Rome and the Bay of Naples. Forty History, Politics and Archaeology students made the trip and also visited the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon and other famous landmarks such as the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. “We walked roughly 18 miles in two days, […]

Broadway star shares secrets of success

A BROADWAY star shared the secrets of his success with Priestley’s aspiring performers during a workshop in New York. More than 30 Media and Performing Arts students met Adam Kaplan during the annual New York trip, which aims to inspire them to even greater achievements. “It is an inspirational trip with the workshops being extremely […]

New adult courses

New adult courses are set to start after Easter covering everything from Maths and English to a beginners’ guide to social media. For more details about the courses go to

Priestley wins Cheshire College’s Cup

PRIESTLEY won the John Sleigh Cheshire College’s Cup defeating West Cheshire 2-1 in a pulsating final at the King’s School in Chester. Bradley Parker’s second goal, deep into the second period of extra time, sparked mass celebrations amongst the Priestley teammates. Captain and former Penketh High pupil Liam Turner, who studies a BTEC Sport Performance […]

Great prospect for law students

A MAJOR employer in the North West is giving Priestley students the chance of some unique work experience. Mike Henshaw, Head of Legal Services at Alternative Futures in Prescot, approached the college after reading about Senior Tutor Mark Salmon being named Young People’s Champion by O2 last year. “Mike told me he really wanted to […]

Graduates grill MPs on modern medicine

SCIENTISTS of the future questioned the Government about modern medicine after being invited to join a House of Commons select committee. Priestley College students Jasmine Morris and Lizz Tebbutt – who are both on Priestley’s unique Graduate programme – were chosen as the ‘Voice of the Future’ after a national search for the best science […]

NASA astronaut inspires next generation

PRIESTLEY students met a NASA astronaut at the UK’s largest celebration for young people of science, technology, engineering and maths.Twenty ICT and Computing students attended the Big Bang Fair with some of them taking the opportunity to meet Jon McBride who became an astronaut in 1979. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to speak to an […]

Eve is in good voice at St Rocco’s event

PRIESTLEY student Eve Hardman won the High School Voice competition with a rendition of Breathe from In the Heights. Eve, who studies Extended Diploma in BTEC Performing Arts, went through to the finals at Sir Thomas Boteler after several rounds of the competition at Priestley College. “It was great to go through because the standard […]

Rob reflects on World Cup pride

A CRICKETER has spoken of his pride and the excitement of playing for his country in the U19s World Cup. Rob Jones, who is studying BTEC Performance and Excellence Level 3 at Priestley College, was credited with helping England finish third in the competition last month. The 18-year-old, from Stockton Heath, said: “It was the […]

Barclays banks on success with Priestley students

STUDENTS have created wallpaper that is set to inspire workers at one of the world’s leading banks. Barclays set Art & Design students from Priestley College the brief of brightening up some of their workspaces at its global technology centre Radbroke in Knutsford. They then had to present their ideas to key members of the […]

Megan’s artwork takes flight

A YOUNG artist is to have one of her drawings exhibited for the first time – in the House of Commons. Megan Jenner, who studies A Level Fine Art and BTEC Level 3 Computer Game Design at Priestley College, has been invited to London by the Association of Colleges to see her work in the […]

Lydia is on the road to Oxford

A STUDENT who is set to become the first person in her family to go to university has received an offer – from Oxford. Lydia Prescott, from Callands, is hoping to go on to do a degree in Earth Sciences after completing her A Levels at Priestley College. “At the moment I’m really excited, no […]

Skaters get in sync

TWO skaters are getting their moves in synch ahead of one of their biggest championships to date. Gina Rimmer and Katie Cliff, who are both 16 and studying at Priestley College, are perfecting their pull throughs and sharpening their spirals ahead of the Kempen Trophy in Belgium. “It’s an international so it is a great […]

Students show their caring side

STUDENTS helped people at Sandy Lane Day Centre celebrate national Dignity Action Day. Priestley’s health and education learners – many of whom are preparing for a career caring for others – organised flower arranging sessions to keep the users of the centre entertained. “We have a long-standing relationship with the centre, which provides our students […]

Public Services students meet prison dogs

STUDENTS at Priestley College got a sense of what life was like for prison sniffer dogs and their handlers. HMP Manchester’s dog section visited the college to show Public Services students – many of whom have aspirations to join the police or Armed Forces – what they were capable of achieving. Among them were dogs […]

Social enterprise’s recipe for success

BUSINESS students raised money for a hospital that cares for more than 270,000 children every year. The team of AS Level learners at Priestley College raised nearly £100 for Alder Hey after selling cake pops and sweets to fellow students and tutors. Former Tower College pupil Megan Gilbert, from Chapelford, baked the cakes after the […]

Going for DofE gold

TWO students have completed the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award in their first year of college. Gabriella Leon, 17, and Alex Heywood, 18, are now focusing on securing Gold before finishing their studies at Priestley. Head of Sport Nigel Howells, who oversees DofE at Priestley, said: “Gabby and Alex are both looking to complete their […]

Dancers to perform at Arley Hall

Priestly College performing and production arts students are staging ‘Amalgamation: A Celebration of Contemporary Dance’ at Arley Hall next week. On Wednesday and Thursday, February 12 and 13, the cast of A Level students will display their work against the backdrop of the stately home near Appleton. The contemporary pieces address themes ranging from bird […]

Jordan is a leading light in Warrington

A YOUNG technician who has shed light on many a theatrical production in Warrington has secured a place at one of the UK’s top universities. Jordan Simpson, from Great Sankey, has been accepted into the Royal Central School for Speech and Drama, which counts Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry and Carrie Fisher as alumni. The […]

VIDEO: RAF fly into college

*update May 8 Check out this latest video of the RAF visit to Priestley to collect presents for patients at Alder Hey and The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.       AN RAF helicopter landed on the field at Priestley College on Monday to collect presents for children at two northwest hospitals. Priestley students had […]

Priestley’s £1.5million investment in technology

THE next stage of a multi-million pound investment at Priestley College is underway with the construction of a state-of-the-art technology centre. The £1.5million development, which is being built by John Turner Construction Group, will host IT and computer courses from September. It will include eight classrooms over two floors and house 200 computers. As part […]

Rob called into bat for England

Rob Jones has been selected to play for England in the U19s World Cup. Rob, who is studying BTEC Performance and Excellence Level 3 at Priestley College, received his call up after captaining a successful U17s tour in South Africa last year. “I feel I’ve worked hard for my place and I can’t wait to […]

Top honours for class of 2013

PRIESTLEY College has honoured its class of 2013 for their academic success and achievements. The college’s annual awards evening saw members of the cohort recognised for their contributions to student and community life as well as achievements since finishing their exams. Principal Mike Southworth told more than 400 students and parents that he believed their […]

Question time for Lord Sharkey

YOUNG people got closer politics and learned about democracy during a high-profile visit to Priestley College. Lord Sharkey, a trustee of the Hansard Society, met students and answered their questions on matters such as House of Lords reform, MPs’ pay and the European Union. “The students at Priestley are intelligent and have an obvious interest […]

Talented trio give winnings to charity

  The trio who won the recent Priestley’s Got Talent contest have given their money to charity.Georgia Kilshaw, Anna Probert and Andrew Procter – all 17 – were voted winners of the annual talent competition by fellow students. They won £120 and decided to give the money to a college fund for underprivileged and orphaned […]

VIDEO: RAF fly into college

Check out a short video of the RAF flight into college..   AN RAF helicopter landed on the field at Priestley College on Monday to collect presents for children at two northwest hospitals. Priestley students had raised more than £1,500 for an RAF appeal that brought joy to young patients at Alder Hey and The […]

Students put through their paces

A NAVY officer put Public Services students through their paces on a recent visit to Priestley College. Leon Taylor, a Royal Navy fitness instructor, challenged the learners with ZUU – registered training style based around ‘primal pattern’ body weight exercises. Each exercise builds up strength and fitness, but does so using body weight rather than […]

Duo secure spots on Oxford programme

TWO students from Priestley College have been accepted onto a prestigious programme run by one of the world’s top universities. Katheryn Thompson and Suzie Mahoney, both 16, are two of only 28 to be selected for the Pembroke North Programme run by Oxford University. “For two of our students to secure these places is a […]

Donations grow during Movember

AS the Movember moustaches grew so did the donations at Priestley College. In total nearly £400 was raised for the campaign, which aims to raise funds for – and awareness of – men’s health issues. Tutors, support staff and students took part, but were glad when December arrived. “It was a long, arduous, itchy month […]

Mark of approval for senior tutor

A TEACHER has been rewarded for his efforts in raising the aspirations of young people at Priestley College. Senior Tutor Mark Salmon was named Young People’s Champion at the recent O2 Awards. The honour recognised his determination to ensure high fliers at Priestley reach the UK’s top universities while also offering support to others during […]

Technology is the future at Priestley

STUDENTS at a Warrington college have received feedback on their latest project – from an expert 5,500 miles away in Brazil. Guilherme Santa Rosa, an entrepreneur from São Paulo, spent 30 minutes talking to Priestley College’s ICT students via a webcam. Tutor Tom Heaton said Priestley had contacted Guilherme – a world leader on app […]

Ex-pro to inspire college basketball players

A FORMER professional basketball player is looking to inspire a winning generation of young players at Priestley. Samit Nuruzade – a multi-championship winner as a player and coach – has been appointed by the college to lead its basketball programme. He is hoping to instill the dedication and passion that has seen him play professionally in […]

Healthy futures for Pre Med students

UNIVERSITY students looked to inspire a future generation of medics as Priestley College. Fastbleep Schools is run by students at the University of Manchester and aims to help young people secure a place at medical school. 11 volunteers from the university met Pre Med students at Priestley to discuss how they can pursue a future […]

Search is on for a singing star

THE search is on to find two singers who will represent Priestley College at a concert in aid of St Rocco’s Hospice. Auditions will be held in January to discover the talented two who will get the chance to perform at the Parr Hall.On the night, one of the singers will win the chance to […]

Money raised for hospitals

STUDENTS who cycled more than 600 miles have raised £1,400 to buy presents for patients at Manchester Hospital and Alder Hey. Public Services students cycled – in college – the distance of Land’s End to John O’Groats and donated the funds they raised to the RAF, which is supporting the two hospitals. It took the […]

Jess adds to medal haul at British Open

A PRIESTLEY College student has added to her medal haul with victories in the SKU British Open Karate Tournament. Jess Bate, who studies PE, collected the 16 and over, Black Belt title in the championships on November 10. She also took home two team golds and another individual winners’ medal in the competition held in […]

High flyers attend Cambridge masterclasses

STUDENTS from Priestley College are attending Cambridge masterclasses to help encourage them to reach their potential. A group of 21 high fliers will be attending the seminars that will cover everything from literature to ideology and human rights. “It is a great way for them to make new friends, but it also helps them to […]

Travelling to college is easy

We have a new bus service this year for students travelling from Culcheth, Birchwood, Burtonwood / Newton le Willows, Lingley Green and Great Sankey. Don’t forget to check out out all the options for travelling to college here ..

Tom achieves his footballing goal

Former Priestley College student Tom Corcoran is now one of the top ranked college ‘soccer’ players in America.The 19-year-old former Great Sankey High School pupil will be in America for four years playing football and studying at St Scholastica College in Minnesota. Here he talks about how his time at Priestley College – where he studied Computer […]

Wheels turn for RAF charities

Normally the Wicked Café is a place where students go to chill, enjoy a Starbucks and chat with friends. But on Tuesday a group of Public Services students took over a corner of the café and cycled more than 600 miles. Their efforts were in support of the RAF who are backing Manchester Hospital and […]

Rachel focusses on apprenticeship at Fujitsu

A FORMER Priestley student has become an apprentice at one of the world’s best-known companies.Rachel Hodgson, who left Priestley in summer with A Levels in Accounts, Maths and Economics, is now working for Fujitsu which has customers in more than 70 countries and a global workforce of 170,000 employees. The 18-year-old, from Appleton, said: “Fujitsu […]

Junior secures apprenticeship at Express Solicitors

Former Priestley student Junior Smith has become the first Legal Apprentice in a new scheme running exclusively in Manchester. Junior achieved outstanding results in his A Levels scoring an A* in Law and an A in Psychology. He also left with a B in AS Politics and MMM in his Sport BTEC Extended Diploma. The […]

UK’s top university lecturers praise Priestley students

SOME of the UK’s top university lecturers have praised a group of Warrington students for their deep thinking and writing skills.Lecturers from Oxford, Cambridge and York complimented the Priestley College learners on their assignments, which were judged to university standards. Dean McRoberts, who is 17 and from Cadishead, was told his essay reached the level […]

Nina focusses on life as a photographer

NINA Pang believes photographs do more than capture a moment, they tell a story.That’s why she does what she does, taking pictures of people across the world and drawing inspiration from nature, laughter, changes in season, love and even sadness. Nina, who studied BTEC Art and Design at Priestley College in Warrington, is now an […]

Priestley student awarded Scholar prize by Oxford

A STUDENT has won a top academic award for his work on an Oxford University project.Priestley College’s Jonathan Perfect won the Scholar Prize in Far East Studies after taking part in the Pembroke North programme. “I’ve been interested in Japan, its history and culture, for a long time,” said Jonathan. “I find Japan very exotic […]

Applying for 2014

Students considering applying for a place at Priestley College in 2014 can now do so by going to the following link There’s more information and key dates in the calendar as well as the 2014 application form. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call the college.

Travel news

If you are travelling to Priestley College for the first time this term then remember it could not be easier. We are situated just off of the A49 in South Warrington (Wilderspool Causeway) which means there is excellent access to numerous local bus routes run by Warrington Transport, Halton Transport or Ariva. For full details […]

New adult courses

Our new adult courses are now available. They cover everything from ‘Improve your English’ to ‘Painting for Pleasure’ and ‘Holiday Spanish’. Just go to and find out how to enrol.

McCarthy helps poor children chase rugby dream

Former Priestley student and Warrington Wolves star Tyrone McCarthy has launched a project aimed at helping children in poor countries follow their dreams of playing rugby league. The back rower has started The Full Blood Project, a brand he wants to use to engage with youngsters, with rugby the tool to help educate them. For […]

Students aim high after outstanding A Level results

SUCCESSFUL Priestley College students collected their exam results then spoke of their goals of winning the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming surgeons and studying at Oxford. For the ninth year Priestley students achieved a 99% pass rate with 38 subjects achieving a 100% pass rate. Among the top performers was 18-year-old Chris Hammond, a former Bridgewater […]

Priestley scientists test out Russell Group universities

SCIENCE students enjoyed testing out the facilities at two Russell Group universities thanks to funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry. The first group of 15 took part in masterclasses at the new teaching hub at the University of Liverpool. They explored the chemistry of pain as they carried out the synthesis and analysis of […]

A taste for business

STUDENTS started their own business before breaking up for the summer holidays – making lemonade. The AS Business students applied their new-found knowledge in planning, budgeting, selling and decision making to their new trade. Their efforts paid off as they made a first day profit of £57, which was donated to the Priestley Education and […]

All the world a stage for model UN Conference

STUDENTS took on the world’s problems and came up with solutions during a ‘UN Conference’ held at Priestley College. The economy, environment, human rights and politics were all up for debate during the conference, which involved students from Priestley and Aquinas College in Stockport. Those taking part represented 20 countries and discussed some of the […]

Politicians under the spotlight

POLITICIANS were challenged by some of their future voters during a Question Time staged by Priestley College.More than 140 students gathered in the audience with many questioning the representatives from each of the main parties as well as a local magistrate. The history, politics and law students focussed on both local and national issues during […]

Jack recovers from injury to secure silver

A RUNNER who spent three months on crutches last year has completed a remarkable comeback by winning a silver medal in the English Schools Championships. Priestley College’s Jack Gleave, who suffered a fractured tibia a year ago, was unsure as to whether he would return to form after excelling at 800 metres since he was […]

Priestley builds on Oxbridge connections

STUDENTS are acting as a link between Priestley College’s current cohort and two of the world’s top universities. Joe Brown, who is reading Law at Oxford, and Vincent Lister, who is studying at Cambridge, have given guided tours of the universities as well as offered some advice on how to earn a place there. It […]

Priestley ‘graduates’ take a bow

PRIESTLEY College has rewarded students for setting a fine example to their peers. Members of the college’s prestigious Graduate Enrichment Programme received awards for their efforts in helping other students settle into college life and plan for their futures. Former Priestley students who are now studying at universities have also joined the programme and are […]

Summer Show – Art Foundation

The Summer Show exhibition this year was bigger and more varied with a wide range of student work exhibited from different courses. The diverse range of specialisms were showcased from fashion to theatrical costume, textiles for fashion and interiors, graphic design, advertising, conceptual and abstract art, installations, sculpture and painting, illustrations and 3D products made from glass, […]

Scientists of tomorrow’s world gather at Priestley

Scientists of the future put green energy under the microscope at Priestley College on Wednesday. The college welcomed 60 pupils from William Beamont, Sir Thomas Boteler and the Bankfield schools to its second science conference, sponsored by international chemical group Solvay. “Our aim is to inspire young people to study science in the future,” said […]

Focus on the future at Choices Week

A SERIES of events held at Priestley have given students a greater insight into what it takes to reach university or gain employment. Choices Week saw 11 universities and representatives from a number of companies meet students to discuss their futures. There were also four activities focussed on apprenticeships and former Priestley students who are […]

Priestley hosts Warrington Inter-School Challenge

72 544×376 Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE PUPILS from four Warrington high schools met in a University Challenge-style battle of minds hosted by Priestley College. Eight teams from St Greg’s, William Beamont, Cardinal Newman and Sir Thomas Boteler pitted their wits against one another in the Warrington Inter-School Challenge. Questions ranged from […]

Thursday, 27th June – open as usual

Due to a national dispute, there is regional industrial action taking place by two teaching unions on 27th June 2013 which will potentially impact on schools and colleges in the area. Priestley College will be open as usual on this day and anticipates most lessons will take place as planned. If any teacher does take […]

Nuclear test for Priestley students

Priestley College students have again enjoyed a successful collaboration with nuclear decommissioning company Sellafield Ltd. Sellafield set a challenge for students at Priestley College, and asked young scientists to work out how to decommission silos containing low-level nuclear waste as part of a competition run by the Engineering Education Scheme. “This was such a valuable […]

Life through Nina’s lens

A FORMER Priestley College student has provided the current cohort with a snapshot of her life as an international photographer. Nina Pang’s work has been published in Italian Vogue and she has worked all around the world on different shoots. However, she found time to meet the current crop of aspiring photographers during a recent […]

History inspires Second World War poster

A STUDENT delved into the past to help promote an art project that tells the story of a major Second World War battle. Andrew Harrison, an Art Foundation student at Priestley College, was asked to design a promotional poster for ‘Stranded’ which revisits the stories of Merchant and Royal Navy seamen as well as the […]

Former Super Bowl champions boost student’s goal

A STUDENT has teamed up with the world’s most successful American Football club to investigate the injuries sustained by their players. Priestley’s Ashlie Pracy contacted the Green Bay Packers’ assistant athletic director Nate Weir to help him research the causes of NFL injuries as part of his AS studies. Through social media and video conferencing […]

Niamh honoured for reaching a global audience

A STUDENT has been rewarded for providing a voice for young people around the world. Niamh Costello, who studies the International Baccalaureate at Priestley College, has received the International Award from the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association. “I have gained a lot from many of the things I have done, but at the same time it […]

Young scientists secure Olympiad medals

PRIESTLEY’S science students have been testing themselves in several Olympiads designed to challenge the best young chemists and biologists in the country. The college’s entrants took home a mixture of gold, silver and bronze awards from the Biology and Chemistry Olympiads after pitting their wits against young people from all over the UK. “These kinds […]

Margaret scoops national award – aged 94

A GREAT grandmother who went back to the classroom aged 82 has been named Britain’s Senior Learner of the Year. Margaret Isherwood – now 94 and still learning – collected the award in London as part of the celebrations surrounding Adult Learners’ Week. “All I want for the future is just to keep doing what […]

College one of the UK’s best for science and maths

PRIESTLEY College has become the first sixth form college in the country to receive STEM assured status. The prestigious honour places the Warrington college on a list of the UK’s top providers of education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. “This confirms we are successfully preparing students for university and providing them with the essential […]

Outstanding talent on show

BTEC Performing Arts students have staged one of the most ambitious productions ever to be produced in the Priestley theatre. We Will Rock You ran over three nights and was a sell-out with nearly 400 tickets sold. Tutor Abbie Rippon said: “The hardest part is living up to the rock legends that are Queen and […]

Becky and Megan’s sister act

BECKY Sutch will be a hard act to follow, but students at Priestley College believe they have found just the person – her sister. They have elected Megan Sutch as President of the College Council, replacing her big sister who has performed the role for the past year. The former Bankfield School pupils, who live […]

Students visit MoD and House of Commons

Public Services students discovered more about international security during a visit to the MoD in London. The students met Doctor Andrew Murrison, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Security Strategy, at the Ministry of Defence where they discussed his role and his previous career. The meeting took place in the Mountbatten Suite, which is […]

Costello’s Angels win battle of minds

IN a battle of brainpower at Priestley College, it was Costello’s Angels who took home the trophy. The team of Sarah Ash, Kaye Blundell, Becky Sutch and Tom Diakun – representing Jan Costello’s tutor group – defeated the Salmonators in a final that tested their grey matter to the limit. “It is Priestley’s version of […]

Reward for Britvic loyalty

TWO students have been rewarded for their loyalty – to Britvic juice. Megan Rainford won an XBox and Daniel Woodcock an iphone after they were entered into prize draws in the Crescent and Wicked cafes. Both had completed a Britvic loyalty card after buying six drinks from the college’s cafes. They were presented with their […]

Paralympian honours Priestley’s sports stars

SOME of Warrington’s finest young sports stars have been honoured for their achievements by one of the UK’s most successful Paralympians. Dame Sarah Storey – 11-time gold medallist in swimming and cycling – presented the honours at Priestley College’s annual sports awards. She received a standing ovation from the teen stars, some of whom are […]

Adult Learners’ Week

Adult Learners’ Week is the UK’s largest and longest running learning campaign. Held each May, it encourages thousands of adults, whatever their age and background, to give learning a go. During this week-long festival of learning, events take place in workplaces, libraries, cafés, prisons, museums and colleges across the country, inspiring adults to take up […]

Priestley students attend UCAS events

FIRST year students at Priestley College have been preparing for their futures by visiting two UCAS events. Senior Tutor Mark Eccleston said 350 students had visited the Higher Education events to learn about what it takes to get to university. They also found out more about apprenticeships. “We believe it is very important our students […]

Young actors deliver a lesson in first aid

YOUNG actors have been teaching children in Runcorn and Widnes a thing or two about first aid. The performing arts students from Priestley College devised a 30-minute performance as part of their extended diploma studies. Now they hope their efforts will help beavers from 4th Runcorn Scout Group and 14th Methodist groups to secure their […]

Rob brings smiles to some of the world’s poorest children

A PRIESTLEY College student brought joy to some of South Africa’s poorest children during a recent cricket tour of the country. Rob Jones, from Stockton Heath, captained England’s Development Programme U17s during the successful series of matches, leading the team to four wins out of six matches. However, there was just as much success off […]

Young scientists compete in Olympiad

PHYSICISTS from Priestley College put themselves to the test in the British Physics Olympiad. Ryan Roberts, George Davidson, Thomas Diakun, who are all 17, and 18-year-old Jun Yan Chan sat the one-hour first paper in college. Ryan earned a merit and Jun a bronze medal and both were invited to sit a second exam in […]

Priestley students win university scholarships

TWO Warrington students have been awarded university scholarships that will help them gain a global perspective on life. Charlie Brittlebank and Ashley Carley, who both study at Priestley College in Warrington, impressed their universities so much they made it onto a very short list of students to receive the honours. King’s College London has awarded […]

Leanne takes a big step into her future

A PERFORMER who has been a regular face on stages around Warrington has won a place at one of the world’s top theatre schools. Leanne Howlett, who studies performing arts at Priestley College, has been accepted into Laine Theatre Arts, which classes Arlene Phillips as one of its patrons. “My mum arranged dance classes for […]

Business minds share their thoughts

YOUNG entrepreneurs shared their business ideas at a meeting of minds held at Birchwood Park. Priestley students were among those who attended the Young Enterprise Warrington Area Board Final to represent their company Wireworks. The team made a presentation to local businessmen and discussed the merits of their idea of creating jewellery from wire, a […]

Priestley College phone app is a hit

A PHONE app that helps support for Priestley College students has so far been downloaded more than 1,000 times. The app, which provides lesson alerts, exam timetables and attendance records, has proved a hit with 1,433 downloads so far – 70% of the college’s students. “It has been popular with students who have told us […]

Fashion world takes note of Daniel’s style

A YOUNG stylist who studied at Priestley College is making a name for himself in the world of fashion. Daniel Brown was contacted by bloggers in New York and Paris after a photoshoot he styled appeared on the front cover of international magazine 62nd Floor. “It was my first front cover and generated international interest,” […]

Chance for adults to return to learning

NEW courses for adult learners in Warrington will cover everything from computing to punctuation. Priestley College’s next adult learning programme begins this month and will cover basic computing, website design, painting, digital photography, maths and English. Many of the courses are free and are being held in Dallam, Bewsey, Sankey, Fairfield, Howley, Latchford, Orford and […]

Designers show style on college catwalk

YOUNG designers showcased their work and volunteer models strutted their stuff at Priestley College’s annual catwalk show. Now in its sixth year the show provides an opportunity for art and textile students to see their work on the runway while also raising money for charity. Money raised by ticket sales – estimated at more than […]

Fun and facts in equal measure

JUGGLING a maths equation can be tough enough, but try doing it while juggling five balls at the same time. That’s what Dr Colin Wright did during a talk to AS Maths and A2 Further Maths students at Priestley College. In an entertaining lecture, the maths and juggling whizz explained how his subject has a […]

GB water polo player sets World Championships goal

A WATER polo player is hoping to represent her country in the World Championships in August. Courtney Dean, who studies A2 PE at Priestley College, is already working with national coaches in Manchester and is aiming to make the squad for the U20s in the international competition. “That’s definitely my short term goal,” she said. […]

Comic Relief at Priestley

Students did their bit for Comic Relief and filmed the fun for all to see! Check out this video to see how it went. The video was filmed and edited by students Jake Brinksman, Anna Brown, Devon McManus, Amy Nesbitt, Sam Osborne and Emma Wylie.

James shows he is up to website challenge

MAGISTRATES have praised a student who has built a website promoting the good work they do in the community. James Davies, who studies a BTEC in IT and a media course at Priestley, was asked to take on the project for North Cheshire Magistrates who regularly work with the college’s students on a variety of […]

Former classmates set to face-off in Super League

TWO former classmates have become arch rivals on the rugby pitch after making their debuts for Warrington Wolves and Saint Helens. James Laithwaite and Anthony Walker, both 21, studied BTEC Sport at Priestley College and played together for the college rugby team. Now they are set to clash in the Super League after renewing their […]

Abby heads to world’s top college for nannies

A STUDENT has realised her dream to be accepted into the top college for nannies in the world. Abby Mellis, who is studying childcare at Priestley College in Warrington, will be going to Norland College in September. “I’m so happy because this is something I have been working towards since I was 13,” said Abby, […]

Students lead response on MOD fictional overseas civil war scenario

A REPRESENTATIVE from the Ministry of Defence hosted a mock press conference at Priestley College with students taking on the roles of Prime Minister and journalists. Andy Gillman MBE – from the MOD’s Education Outreach Programme – staged the news event which gave Public Services students the diplomatic scenario of a war in Dacan and […]

World at their feet

PRIESTLEY students have travelled all over Europe and to America during recent visits organised by the College. Art foundation students headed to Berlin looking for inspiration for their final major projects and found it in abundance during their four-night stay. The visit took in various disciplines including fashion, modern art and architecture. There was even […]

Unbeaten run sees Priestley secure Conference title

PRIESTLEY College’s rugby team has won the North West Conference after completing the season unbeaten. Priestley won all eight league matches racking up big victories over Warrington Collegiate, Winstanley, Oldham, St Helens, Carmel, Cowley, Wigan & Leigh. Ben Walker, who captained the team with his twin Luke, paid tribute to the team’s younger players. “The […]

Students beat the clock in PC Pitstop Challenge

COMPUTER whizzes took under two minutes to install the components of a PC and boot it up in a recent challenge. Priestley’s BTEC IT students competed in challenges over a fortnight before a grand final of the pairs who found they could build computers the fastest. In a race against the clock, Jonathan Kerfoot and […]

Ben chosen ahead of hundreds for London drama school

A YOUNG actor who has dazzled on stage at Priestley College has made it into one of Britain’s top performing arts schools. Ben Cupit, from Great Sankey, was one of hundreds of hopefuls to audition for the Arts Educational School in London – only 40 were chosen. “I was sick with nerves waiting to hear […]

IB students make their mark on the world

STUDYING the International Baccalaureate prepares young people for making their mark on the world. Priestley College students currently taking the IB have been offered places at Oxford University and previous alumni have gone on to achieve their personal and academic goals. The College has now organised an IB Information event on Thursday 7 March (6.30pm […]

Photographers in focus

You can now view a gallery of work by Priestley College’s young photographers on our website. Just hit the ‘Galleries’ button and look for the folder called ‘Student Photography’. Priestley offers a Digital Photography AS / A2 option and a Photography BTEC Level 3 course as well. Check out some of the amazing work by […]

Students strike gold in Maths Challenge

STUDENTS at Priestley College achieved three golds, seven silvers and 11 bronzes in this year’s UKMT Senior Maths Challenge. More than 98,000 young people from across the UK entered the challenge with the top 10% receiving a gold certificate, the next 20% a silver and the next 30% a bronze. Priestley students Matthew Cummins and […]

Dominic focuses on the Mod scene

A GRAPHIC design student is making a name for himself on the Mod scene. Dominic Hinde – better known as the Scootographer in certain circles – is putting his skills to good use photographing scooters and scooterists at shows and events where he is developing quite a following. “I’ve had quite a good response and […]

Classmates offer support for underprivileged children

CLASSMATES have helped a cricketer to make a difference to underprivileged children in South Africa. Rob Jones, who is studying BTEC Performance and Excellence Level 3, and his friends at Priestley College hope to have raised as much as £200 during a sponsored run that took place on Friday. The money will pay for colouring […]

Pre Med students enjoy healthy discussions about their futures

PRIESTLEY students who are hoping to pursue a medical career have received advice from the experts. The College’s Pre Medical course students met members of The University of Manchester’s Fastbleep team who shared their own experiences and offered guidance on how to succeed in the profession. Chemistry Tutor Wendy Winnard said: “We have built up […]

Rob heads into bat for England

A YOUNG cricketer will play for England next month in a series of matches in South Africa. Rob Jones, who is studying BTEC Performance and Excellence Level 3 at Priestley, is one of 18 boys chosen from the England DevelopmentU17s to represent the country against eight South African teams. “I always played just because I […]

Talent showcase is a big hit

A SHOWCASE of talent at Priestley College demonstrated students’ ability to adapt to many disciplines of performing arts. They proved they had a talent for acting with performances that covered the work of Shakespeare, Berkoff and Brecht. Soloists and ensemble singing also entertained enthusiastic audiences and a wide variety of dance styles such as ballet, […]

Hollyoaks writer tells his own story

IT’S known for its outlandish storylines and students at Priestley College recently got to meet one of the writers behind the soap Hollyoaks. Jerome Nelson, who began writing for the Channel 4 show four months ago, visited College to discuss his career and offer tips to English and Media students. “In this business sometimes you […]

Priestley students are Oxford-bound

THREE students from Priestley College have been accepted into Oxford University to study Medicine, Politics and English. Chris Hammond, Niamh Costello and Connor Simpson have all made it after studying A Levels or the International Baccalaureate alongside Priestley College’s unique Graduate programme. Chris, who is 18, will be going to Pembroke College Oxford to study […]

Stage is set for a night of theatre at Arley Hall

STUDENTS are set to turn one of Cheshire’s finest country homes into a theatre. More than 60 Priestley students have created dance and musical pieces to perform in different rooms at Arley Hall near Stretton on February 14. “We’ve not seen anything like this at Arley before and it will be a unique way to […]

Ceremony honours Priestley’s Class of 2012

PRIESTLEY College’s Class of 2012 were honoured at an awards ceremony attended by parents, tutors and local dignitaries. Arriving on a red carpet – complete with paparazzi – the students were treated to a night that saw them all receive their exam certificates with 72 special awards handed out for high achievements. College Principal Mike […]

Top university scholarships for former Priestley students

TWO former Priestley College students have won scholarships at one of the UK’s top universities. Zoe Shingler and Rachel Billington, both 18, were described by Bangor University as two of its ‘brightest first year students’ and have won Excellence Scholarships worth £4,000 each. Both are studying Sports Science after successfully completing BTEC Level 3 Extended […]

International magazine sets graphic design challenge

GRAPHIC design students have been given the chance to have their work published in 53 different countries. Professional Imagemaker magazine has challenged the Priestley College students to design some of its pages and the chosen ones will be seen around the world. “It is an incredible opportunity and one the students are really excited about,” […]

Stoneway rock the House of Commons

YOUNG musicians from Priestley College rocked the House of Commons at one of their recent gigs. Stoneway – who won a national competition to perform in the Speaker’s Room in Westminster – performed original tracks and covers in front of press and industry experts. It was a memorable experience for the talented band who also […]

Georgia’s musical year to remember

JUST like many of Britain’s Olympians, 2012 was a year to remember for student Georgia Kilshaw. For the Music BTEC student performed in two Olympic ceremonies and with The Rolling Stones in London. “Performing at the Olympics in front of 80,000 people and the live TV audience was something very special,” said Georgia, who is […]

Students sign up to vote

A DAY promoting political literacy at Priestley College saw 250 students register to vote. Priestley asked ‘Bite the Ballot’ campaigners to visit the College and discuss the importance of politics. They brought electoral registration forms and encouraged the students to sign up to ensure their voice was heard in future. Senior Tutor Mark Salmon said: […]

Ryan is a high-flier in the RAF

THE sky’s the limit for former Priestley College student Ryan Forber after he landed a trophy as one the brightest new recruits in the Royal Air Force. The 20-year-old, from Newton-Le-Willows, graduated from basic training and won the Station Commander’s Cup, which is awarded to the recruit who displays the highest overall effort and determination. […]

Duke of Edinburgh Award honour for College

PRIESTLEY College has become a centre for the world’s leading achievement award for young people. The College, in Loushers Lane, Warrington, is now an operating authority for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which means it can independently run the course and issue gold, silver and bronze honours. Head of Sport Nigel Howells, who will oversee […]

Unilever and NHS speakers discuss ICT

PRIESTLEY’S ICT students have benefitted from talks by two industry experts. Waheed Malik, Director of IT at Unilever, and Pam Williams, who works for the NHS, visited the College to discuss their line of work. “These kinds of visits are crucial for the students to help them see how what they are studying at Priestley […]

‘The Woods in the Hall’

PRIESTLEY College’s main hall was transformed into a magical woodland for a performance by drama students. Wood chippings covered the floor, rigging allowed it to rain and a tree canopy was created from camouflage netting to provide the students with the most authentic of settings for their A Level exam. “It is the final thing […]

Student creates a new look for Warrington Timebank

A GRAPHIC designer at Priestley College has created a logo for a group that brings people together in Warrington. Student Taz Walker, 19, was set the challenge by the development officer at Warrington Timebank who was looking for a fresh image for the charity, which connects people and encourages them to share skills. “I wanted […]

‘Superstar’ clocks up 500 hours of good service

A YOUNG volunteer has already donated more than 500 hours of his time to the local community – despite being only 16. Tom Albiston, from Windmill Hill in Runcorn, helps out at Victoria Park, has volunteered at a local primary school and supports children with autism. “I like to keep busy and can’t sit at […]

Priestley student scores one of the best marks in the country

AN ECONOMICS student from Priestley College has secured one of the highest marks in the country in a recent exam. James Anderson, 18, learnt this week that he finished in the top 1% in the ifs School of Finance Certificate in Financial Studies. “I knew I had got an A but didn’t realise I was […]

Biologists enjoy a day at the beach

YOUNG biologists headed to the beach to put their scientific skills to the test. About 80 students from Priestley conducted random sampling on the shoreline at Formby using quadrants. They applied techniques used to measure the abundance of populations both on the beach and in nearby woodland. “At Priestley we believe in getting students out […]

Aid boxes sent to children in Moldova

STUDENTS from Priestley College have sent more than 70 aid boxes to underprivileged children in Moldova. Health and Education students packed the boxes full of essentials as well as the odd treat and donated £200 to the Samaritan’s Purse appeal. “All the students were happy to help, but it also reminded them how lucky they […]

Ex-student makes a difference at world’s first children’s hospice

A FORMER student of Priestley College is now director of finance at the world’s first children’s hospice. Richard Quayle, now 36, left Priestley in 1994 and went on to study at the University of Central Lancashire and then accountancy at John Moores University. He is now working at Helen & Douglas House, which cares for […]

Read Ellen Wooler’s winning film review

Every half term Priestley’s Media and Film Studies department is holding a competition to find the best film critic in College. The winner of the September / October best film review is Ellen Wooler and you can read her thoughts on The Perks of Being a Wallflower below ..   Cast: Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, […]

Chief Constable answers students’ questions

STUDENTS met the Chief Constable of Cheshire Police during his visit to Priestley College last week. On Friday Chief Constable David Whatton – who visited College after confirming he will be the guest of honour and speaker at this year’s Student Awards Evening – was questioned by students about spending cuts, police commissioners and arming […]

Ex-students offer words of advice

FORMER Priestley students Amy Hall and Emma Hastry returned to College to discuss their experiences at Huddersfield University. They presented work to Level 2 BTEC Art and Design learners to inspire a textiles project about exploring fashion and interior outcomes. Both Amy and Emma studied art courses at Priestley and have been working towards live […]

Entrepreneurs make wire work for them

YOUNG entrepreneurs are building a business out of a material that proved valuable in Warrington’s past. Eight students from Priestley College are creating jewellery from wire, a material that played a vital role in the town’s history and provided a nickname for the Warrington Wolves. Members of Wireworks are now selling shares in their company […]

Actors perform on Priestley’s outdoor stage

YOUNG actors brought a 2,400-year-old tale of murder and revenge to life last week – but there was nothing tragic about their performance. Students re-enacted the Greek tragedy of Medea on Priestley College’s new outdoor stage, which has been built to provide a different experience for both performers and audience members. “Medea’s tale starts after […]

History students investigate First World War

STUDENTS experienced a valuable history lesson thanks to a trip to the Imperial War Museum. More than 40 AS Level historians were given the opportunity to handle grenades, learn about medical care during the First World War and discover more about trench warfare. “If we have the opportunity to get out and see something on […]

‘Superstars’ rewarded

PRIESTLEY College announced its Superstar award winners this morning. Every half term 12 students are rewarded for their achievements – one student from each curriculum area. The honours go to students who have made excellent progress in their studies, played a vital role in the college or gone above and beyond to help others. Students […]

Business with charity in mind

STUDENTS learned valuable lessons while running their own businesses at Priestley College today. The Business students found out about profit and loss and buying the right stock as they ran stalls in the Crescent reception area. Patrick Cullen, Jacob Chisnall and Alex Banner (pictured) were set to double their money as their cakes, cookies and […]

Designers make time for Warrington club

GRAPHIC designers at Priestley College have been asked to create a logo for a group that brings people together in Warrington. Warrington Time Bank has asked the students to design a logo that represents how it connects people and allows them to share their skills with one another. Philip Blocksidge, Development Officer at Warrington Time Bank, […]

Stepping back in time

ARCHAEOLOGISTS visited one of the most historic sites in Europe on a recent field trip. Students from Priestley College saw the Minerva Shrine – a Grade I listed building – in Chester and earlier walked the city walls. The shrine to the Roman Goddess is the only monument of its kind in Western Europe that […]

RAF invite for Priestley students

THE RAF has invited students from Priestley College to visit its new outreach centre in Liverpool. The College has strong links with the RAF and Public Services Tutor Chris Seaton has already visited the centre in Aintree, which was opened by the Lady Mayoress of Liverpool. “The centre is aimed at giving the RAF a […]

Akram Khan inspires young dancers

HIS talents mesmerised a billion people when he performed during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. But A Level Dance students from Priestley College enjoyed a closer look at the skills of Akram Khan when they saw him perform live in DESH at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. Dance Tutor Rachel Leyland said the 20 […]

Helping the heroes

PRIESTLEY College hopes to raise more than £1,000 for Help for Heroes after students completed a number of challenges. A fundraising day raised £400, but Public Services students and tutors are hoping to hit their target over the coming weeks. They did a sponsored run, cake and wristband sale and a bucket collection. There were […]

Priestley makes moves to encourage male actors

PRIESTLEY College is looking to encourage more boys to study performing arts by taking an all-male cast out into Warrington schools. Tutor Helen Lowe said the College hoped to show drama, dance and performing arts could be rewarding for anyone. “There is still a perception that performing arts is more for girls, but we want […]

J’adore les langues à Priestley

LANGUAGE students have been spelling out what they love about their studies and why they chose Priestley College. Below is just a flavour of what they had to say .. Jess Bell, formerly of St Gregory’s High School, said: What I enjoy most about French at Priestley is the sense of achievement and the buzz […]

On course for a caring career

A NEW course at Priestley College is set to prepare young people for careers in childcare, social or learning development and support services. Students on the Children and Young People’s Workforce BTEC course have been kitted out with a uniform so they look the part and get used to portraying themselves in a professional manner. […]

Mountain bikers head for the hills

MOUNTAIN bikers from Priestley College headed for the hills to put their cycling skills to the test. Priestley’s Mountain Bike Club – part of the College’s enrichment programme – took on the Blue and Red trails in the Lake District’s Whinlatter Forest. The group stayed at the Derwent Youth Hostel during the visit on October […]

Language students head to the Cornerhouse

LANGUAGE students from Priestley are heading to the Cornerhouse in Manchester tomorrow night to watch a newly-released German film. The group will be watching ‘Barbara’, which is just out in Britain and Germany. Directed by Christian Petzold, the film follows the story of an East German doctor, Barbara, who has been stripped of her job […]

Former student is first female mechanical engineer at Port of Liverpool

A FORMER student at Priestley College has become the first female mechanical engineer to enrol at the Port Of Liverpool. Megan Pickering, who studied BTEC in Public Services at Priestley, has signed up for a four-year course at the Maritime and Engineering College North West in Birkenhead. The former Warrington sixth former said she was […]

Priestley scores success in rugby and women’s football

Priestley’s rugby players defeated Warrington Collegiate 28-12 last week. They recovered from an 8-6 deficit at half-time thanks to great performances from Sam Bennett, Ross Young and man of the match Sean Withington. Try scorers were Matthew Wilkinson, Chris Ashbrook, Miguel Panis and Ed Chamberlain (2). Luke Walker kicked four goals during the match. In […]

O2 call on Priestley artists to create trophies

WHEN O2 needed young designers to create some stylish awards they knew who to call. Priestley students were set the task earlier this year to create trophies for O2’s Think Big awards. They spent five months designing and making the trophies out of various materials including metal, wood, clay and Perspex. Andrea Marren, Priestley’s Curriculum […]

Parents learn about student finance

PARENTS learnt more about how their children’s university education can be financed at a seminar held at Priestley College. A representative from Student Finance England spoke to about 70 parents and carers at the event aimed at making the transition to university smoother and easier. “The parents and carers found out about finance in relation […]

Accounting students score national success

ACCOUNTING students from Priestley College have proven they have the know-how to make a difference to Britain’s biggest companies. A team of five took home the ‘Best Business Recommendation’ accolade from a national competition held by The Institute of Chartered Accountants, who are world leaders in accountancy and finance. Peter Bann, Business Tutor at Priestley, […]

Kick smoking into touch this ‘Stoptober’

STUDENTS at Priestley College learned about the dangers of smoking as part of a month-long campaign aimed at reducing the number of smokers in Warrington. Livewire’s Stop Smoking team – supported by the Warrington Wolves – visited the College to explain the risks facing the 34,000 smokers in the town. Matthew Grant, Deputy Principal at […]

Starbucks arrives at Priestley

STUDENTS at Priestley College are enjoying a taste of the high street right here on campus. Our Crescent and Wicked cafes are now selling Starbucks coffees, teas and cakes with the frappucinos proving particularly popular. “One of the biggest things for us was that the pricing was very competitive,” said Principal Mike Southworth. “Starbucks have […]

‘I hope to lead the way for others,’ says Olympic torchbearer

A TEENAGER hopes seeing him carry the Olympic Torch will inspire other young people to get involved in sport across Warrington. Matthew Wilkinson, who is studying BTEC Level 3 Sport, Fitness and Coaching at Priestley College, was chosen to carry the torch because of his voluntary work in sport. “When helping all the young children […]

Students talk about exam success ..

To hear the thoughts of some of our students about their recent A Level success, check out this video below. Remember, if you are looking for a college place in September there is still time. Priestley has limited places available so call now on 01925 415415.

Students celebrate A Level success at Priestley College

STUDENTS were celebrating at Warrington’s leading college this week after the A Level results were revealed. For the eighth year in a row, Priestley College students secured a 99% pass rate. “It has been an emotional day for everyone and one that has brought great rewards for the students,” said Principal Mike Southworth. “Our young […]

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Young scientists get out and about YOUNG scientists have tapped into knowledge and facilities at Manchester University during a series of workshops. Priestley College arranged for science students to attend a series of workshops on micro biology at the School of Biological Sciences Manchester. Accompanied by tutors Clare Lancaster and Jill Holder, the 17 biologists […]