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Welcome to Post 16

"Welcome to Ilkley Grammar School Post-16. This is a new year and a new start for all of us. Post-16 is the most important and most exciting time in a student’s education and I am proud to be leading IGS's Post-16 where we are both ambitious for our students and understanding of their needs.

Ilkley Grammar School has rightly earned an excellent reputation due to the hard work of both students and staff. This year I aim to build on these strengths and move us all forward together to help our students to reach their full potential and give them the best life chances. This is the reason we are here.

This is going to be hard work for both students and staff. Very hard work. We know what it takes and we understand the pressures on young people today. By working together in a caring environment we will support our students to take an active part in their learning and guide them towards a bright future.

I urge all our students to take advantage of every opportunity presented, aim high and work hard to reach their goals. It is going to be worth it.

To our students: I can’t promise straight A* grades for all of you but I can promise that there will be fun times, stressful times, more responsibility, more independence, big decisions and the opportunity to make a great future for yourself.

This is an exciting time and we are all proud to be part of it."

Mr Sykes

Director of Post-16

The Post 16 Team

The Post 16 Team consists:

  • Director of Post 16 - Mr Josh Sykes
  • Post 16 Student Support & Achievement Manager - Mrs Jan Stewart
  • Senior Assistant Headteacher with strategic oversight of Post 16 - Mr Mark Rignall

Post 16 Open Evening

This took place on Thursday 10th November where prospective students found out all about our Post 16 offer, including presentations from the Post 16 team and the chance to walk around the school, visit departments and talk to current students about their experiences here at IGS.

The presentation given by our Director of Post 16 Mr. Sykes can be seen below, along with a further presentation summarising some of the key reasons why we believe that IGS makes the best choice for Post 16.

pdf iconPost-16 Open Evening Presentation 2016.pdf (508.7KB)

pdf iconWhy Choose IGS.pdf (333.3KB)


We are a mainly academic Post 16 and we offer a wide range of A Level courses, offering a broad choice of subjects, which will enable you to progress onto your chosen career.

We have an excellent track record of success with many of our students going on to exciting opportunities at the end of Year 13, including Oxford, Cambridge, Russell Group universities, the London School of Contemporary Dance and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  Numerous students have gone on to study medicine, dentistry and many other varied courses such as Aerospace Engineering with a Year in North America, Astrophysics with Cosmology and Social Anthropology.

We also support students to move successfully into their first jobs after completing their studies with us and others who head off on global adventures for a gap year, with recent destinations including Nepal and Australia amongst others.


  • To develop into Independent Learners

          - Work independently
          - Be fully prepared for lessons with correct equipment and mentally alert
          - Set realistic goals
          - Work to deadlines
          - Take up opportunities given
          - Show initiative
          - Organise time efficiently

  • Attend ALL Lessons and registrations
  • To be punctual
  • To follow the Post 16 Dress Code

YEAR 12 (from Sep 2016) & YEAR 13 (from Sep 2017)

Tailored trousers/skirt/dress

(grey/dark/subtle colour of choice)

Collared shirt/blouse/smart top

(plain or subtle pattern/subtle colour of choice)

Burgundy/black IGS Post 16 tie or professional tie of choice

(optional for girls)

Smart, plain jumper/cardigan or a tailored jacket

(grey/dark/subtle colour of choice)

Smart footwear in keeping with professional dress

All student must wear the IGS lanyard with P16 Access card at all times

For clarification the following items are not allowed for either Year 12 or Year 13:

Shorts/cropped trousers. Tracksuit trousers/joggers. Leggings. Tops with offensive logos. Strappy/vest tops. Ripped jeans. Backless shoes/sandals or flip flops. Facial piercing. Extreme hair colour. No hats or coats to be worn in lessons.

Final decisions on the appropriateness of any clothing (eg skirt length) will be at the discretion of the Director of Post 16/LT.


The Post 16 Centre offers a social area, including a dedicated Post 16 café, a silent study area and a collaborative working space which includes ICT facilities.  Year 12/13 can also make use of facilities around the school including our Mac suite and wireless laptop racks as well as enter into our 1-to-1 ipad learning scheme.  Students can also access the specialised skills of the Post 16 Team for support with any issues during their time with us. 


IGS is an iPad school and Post 16 is no exception. We want all our students to benefit from the most comprehensive and powerful learning tools available. Post16 therefore run a similar programme as lower school with regard to iPads. For further details please see the iPads section on our website here.


There is a strong cohesive network for support whether it is academic support or pastoral support. The curriculum link carefully with the Key Stage 5 Team to offer the required level of support


Our results are consistently excellent.  In 2016 we had a 99% A Level pass rate, with 30% of all results being awarded at A*/A, over 60% achieving A*-B grades and 85% of all grades being A*-C.

© Ilkley Grammar School 2017

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