Parents and carers are a valued and vital part of the Priestley College community. We keep them updated on their children’s progress, about the support that is available both to them and their child during their time at college as well as general news and events.

If you have any concerns or questions please email Teresa Cullen at or alternatively please call the college on 01925 633591

Our Parent Handbook covers everything from a student’s first few days at college to the support for their wellbeing that is available throughout their time at college.

Ofsted / College Performance

In our most recent Ofsted report inspectors found that ‘teachers ensure students develop the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their qualifications and in their working life’.

It went on to say: “A high proportion of students, many of whom do not have a family history of higher education, go to university.”

Students benefit from a nurturing and inclusive culture with effective pastoral support.

The college was deemed good across the board with inspectors also finding areas of excellence during their visit. In particular the Art and Design, Performing Arts, Music and Sport departments were acknowledged for their very high standards.

Inspectors praised the behaviour of students who they said were ‘polite and highly respectful of their peers, staff and visitors’.

Ofsted offers you the chance  to comment on your son / daughter’s experience at college. If you would like to provide some feedback you can do so here > Ofsted Parent View

You can compare Priestley’s performance against other schools and colleges via the Government’s website here > College Performance

“It was a positive endorsement of the work we do as a college"
Useful information

For many parents and carers, finding time for yourself can be a challenge as you juggle family and relationships with your home and work life.  This can be especially true if you are supporting a child or young person with their mental health.

With the practicalities of day-to-day life, it can be easy to forget to look after your own wellbeing needs, as well as those of your children, which can lead to feelings of stress or being overwhelmed.  Factoring in regular time or activities for yourself will hopefully allow you to enjoy the good moments in life more and to find strength during difficult times. Find out more here > Self care for parents


Priestley prepares its students for their next steps in many different ways. As well excellent advice and guidance across all areas of the college, different tools are used to help ensure their next step is a smooth one. For example, your child will keep their own unifrog – a sort of online diary of their success and achievements at Priestley. This log helps them to submit the strongest applications to university. You can read more here > Unifrog

Student Finance

Student Finance is obviously a big factor to consider for parents when their child is preparing for university. We would advise spending some time on this website gathering the information you need to make an informed decision > Student Finance

This short video is also very helpful.

Applying to University
We will support your child through their university applications, but if you want to find out more about this process this website would be a useful start > UCAS

For more information about preparing for university click here


Apprenticeships / Careers

We have dedicated sections on our website explaining how Priestley will support students who choose to go into apprenticeships or employment after college. Priestley has the matrix accreditation, which assures you that we are offer impartial advice, the only purpose of which is to ensure our students choose the option that is best for them.

In the meantime, the notgoingtouni website has links to live apprenticeship opportunities and other information so is a useful place to look when your child is planning their future.


At Priestley College we expect 100 per cent attendance at all timetabled sessions.

All the evidence suggests that those students who sustain a high level of attendance will be more successful with both coursework and exams. To help us monitor attendance an electronic register is taken at every timetabled session and we regularly produce attendance reports.

If students know they are going to be absent from college it is their responsibility to let the college know before 8.30am on the day of absence. They can do this by:

  • Informing Personal Tutors/Subject Tutors/Student Services in advance
  • Telephoning the absence hotline on 01925 633591
  • Emailing


If a student reports their own absence without any supporting medical evidence, this will be recorded as unauthorised.

If a parent/carer reports a student absence, this will be recorded as an authorised absence.

Repeated unauthorised absences may result in initiation of appropriate cause for concern procedures and contact with parents/carers.

This guide sets out to explain the ways in which the college regularly checks on student progress while also attempting to raise standards of achievement. We feel it is important that parents know about the systems and procedures we use since the critical factor for students’ success is the effective working together of students, teachers and parents. Monitoring Progress

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Our latest Tutorial Newsletter > January 2021

If a student has been unsuccessful with all five of their choices, or if they decided to decline all their offers, they needn’t wait for Clearing. UCAS Extra is their opportunity to apply for a new course and it’s available now. A student will know if they can use Extra because it will appear as an option in UCAS Track. If your son or daughter is eligible, it’s important they think carefully about what they want to apply for before entering the details in Track.

They should get in touch with the university or college to check whether there are still vacancies, they can then add their choice in Track and UCAS will send their application to the university. If your son or daughter accepts the offer, they are committed to it, which means they can’t apply anywhere else. If their offer is declined the student can apply for a different choice through Extra providing there’s still time.

If your son or daughter isn’t holding an offer by mid-July then they’ll be eligible to use Clearing once they have their exam results.

UCAS Tariff Points – calculate your entry requirements

Whether they’re starting to think about what they might like to do when GCSEs are over or whether they’re 18 and making plans for adulthood, this guide will help you understand what vocational choices your children have, how you can support them and ideas on what they can do now to help them stand out.

This guide includes:

  1. How to talk your teen about their future;

  2. Virtual work experience – what it is and why it’s so important;

  3. A summary of all vocational options after GCSE and sixth form;

  4. Apprenticeships – why they’re of value and whether they’d suit your child;

  5. Other options, such as internships, gap years and starting a business.

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You can request for your child to receive support from our Well-being Team here
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