Priestley was the first dedicated sixth form college in the UK to receive STEM assured status and continues to lead the way in these subjects.

The prestigious honour – awarded by NEF: The Innovation Institute – put the college on a list of the UK’s top providers of education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Our STEM students achieve great things while at college and progress on to some of the finest university courses in the country as well as work for leading players in STEM industries.

Our partners in STEM

One of the key reasons for our success in STEM is the strong partnerships we have forged with industry. They offer work placements, lectures, workshops and support us with events in college. We are very grateful to all our partners.

Memorable moments

STEM students leave Priestley College with many great memories of inspiring lessons, trips at home and abroad, visiting industry lecturers, science festivals and much more.

Making a difference in the world

Priestley students go on to great things in the world of science, technology, engineering and maths. Here are just a few of our STEM students making a difference in the world.


Cavendish Nuclear

Alice Foster

Since Priestley Alice has progressed to a Mechanical Design Apprenticeship at Cavendish Nuclear and is working towards becoming a chartered mechanical engineer.


University of Manchester

Matthew Radley

Secured an MEng Aerospace Engineering, now with BAE Systems on the Graduate Accelerate Scheme working as a Flight Systems Engineer.


ETH Zurich

Dr Claire Stanley

Left Priestley with a passion for sciences and As in the subjects and went on to conduct research at ETH Zurich – one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences.


University of Lincoln

Charlotte McKinlay

Studied Applied Science, English Literature. Went on to study Bioveterinary Science and hopes to go on to a Vet Nursing apprenticeship.
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