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Post-16 Students






Post-16 is the culmination of the whole school experience and we pride ourselves on the personalised support that we offer our students during this exciting and challenging stage of their life. 

Students and staff at Ilkley Grammar School have a proven track record of working hard and working together to achieve great success. 

In 2023 31% of grades were A*/A, 63.3% A*-B and 83.3% at C or above, all of which are well above national benchmarks and are above our highly successful 2019 pre-Pandemic outcomes. 31% of students in scope achieved AAB in 2 or more facilitating subjects. 

In 2017 the quality of our Post-16 provision was officially graded by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ in every area. In 2022 the school achieved an ALPS score of 2, placing us in the top 10% of all schools nationally, this year achieving and ALPS 4 placing us in the top 30-40% of schools for progress in a challenging exam year. 

This academic foundation creates real opportunities for our students, many of whom have progressed to varied and exciting destinations including Oxbridge and Russell Group universities to study competitive courses such as medicine, law, dentistry, engineering, and veterinary science. Over the last 6 years 44 students have progressed to Oxbridge (8 students secured places in both 2021 and 2022, with a record 10 achieving a place in 2023) and 73% of students progressed to university with 38% of IGS university applicants (75 students), secured places at Russell Group universities. Around 16% of the cohort taking Gap Years this year, many of whom will progress to university. In recent years an increasing number of students have also secured higher Degree level apprenticeships at some of the world’s most reputable companies. In 2021 students secured placements with PwC, Morrisons and Channel 4, in 2022 a student has secured a placement with Accenture and in 2023 students secured placements at Rolls Royce, Deloitte, Alvarez and Marsal, EY and PWC. 

We offer outstanding teaching, specialist pastoral care and a wide range of academic and vocational courses to meet the needs of our diverse student body. This is also complemented by extensive opportunities for Personal Development including accredited sports leadership and mental health qualifications, work experience, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the development of a range of wider life skills. Such quality of provision helps students develop into well-balanced young adults who are not only academically successful but have the skills and confidence to make a positive difference to their own lives and the lives of others. 

We are very proud to be leading Post-16 at Ilkley Grammar School and are looking forward to working with each new cohort of students to see what can be achieved on both an individual level and also collectively, as a strong, purposeful, diverse and cohesive community. 

You can view our current Prospectus HERE 

The Post-16 Team - Who Are We? 

Mr A.J. Fox 

Assistant Headteacher: Director of Post-16 

Mr J. D. Sykes 

Associate Assistant Headteacher: Post-16 (Y13 lead) 

Mrs J.L. Pickard 

Learning Leader: Post-16 (Y12 lead) 

Mrs C. Walsh 

Senior Pastoral and Safeguarding Manager (Year 12 and 13) 

Mrs. J. Whitehead

Assistant Head of Pastoral 

Mrs N. Hazell 

Senior Student Achievement Manager (Year 12 & 13) 

Ms J. Simkiss 

Senior Student Achievement Manager (Year 12 &13) 

Mrs S. Maughan 

Attendance Officer

Ms H. Rennie 

Senior Tutor (Year 13) 

Mr T. Boyd 

Senior Tutor (Year 12) 

A Welcome from the Head Students (2023/24)  

“The Post-16 student body at IGS is a hard-working and resilient community that prides itself on core principles of kindness, responsibility, and courage. The vast range of extra-curricular clubs spanning sports, leadership and academics allows all students to take their own personal journey of discovery, whether that be related to school subjects or wider interests.   

Our large Post-16 body enjoys playing an active role in both the IGS, and  wider Ilkley community. Students are given fantastic leadership opportunities and enjoy developing indispensable skills through interacting with and guiding the lower school students. Our excellent pastoral and academic support team ensure all students achieve their Personal Best, while looking after their personal well-being. IGS’s outstanding teaching, extra-curricular opportunities and support ensures all students leave as well-rounded individuals, well-prepared for whatever journey lays ahead, and proud to have been an IGS student.” 

Maisie O’Connor, Noah Markham, Ben Ballard – Head Students 2023-24

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