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Post-16

Welcome to Post-16 at IGS

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 2021 26% of grades were A*, 51% of grades A*/A, 74% A*-B and 91% at C or above, all of which are well above national benchmarks. Nearly 40% of students in scope achieved AAB in 2 or more facilitating subjects and our progress score (using 2019 coefficients) almost doubled to +0.61.

In 2017 the quality of our Post-16 provision was officially graded by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ in every area. In 2019-20 the school achieved an ALPS score of 1 for the first time, placing us in the top 10% of providers nationally.

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 5 years 27 students have progressed to Oxbridge (a record 7 places in 2021 in a year when there was additional pressure on offers) and 45% of IGS applicants (75 students), secured places at Russell Group universities. Many students have also secured higher Degree level apprenticeships at some of the world’s most reputable companies and in 2021 students have secured placements with PwC, Morrisons and Channel 4.

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 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.

The Post-16 Team - Who Are We?

Mr J. A Gutch Deputy Headteacher: Personal Development and 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 Harriet Miller Year 12/13 Student Manager
Mrs Dawn Barton Post-16 Attendance and Admin Officer
Mrs C. McCutcheon Post-16 Student Achievement Manager

A Welcome from the Head Students (2021/22) 

Our Post-16 community at IGS is an inclusive, welcoming and encouraging environment, where each student, regardless of which school they’ve come from, is able to thrive and grow, both academically and personally. Our time in Post-16 is enriched by an abundance of opportunities to get involved in the school community and to develop individual academic and extra-curricular interests as well as many leadership roles.  

Whilst our community is large, students always feel supported by the teachers in all aspects of school life. Our excellent pastoral team never fail to care for the students and their well-being; their door is always open, and they are ready to help the students overcome any barriers. IGS’s Post-16, with its outstanding teaching, diligent pastoral team and its multitude of development opportunities, forms well-rounded individuals who are well-prepared for any challenges that lie ahead.’ 

James Sabin and Freya Williams – Head Students 2021-22