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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. Our ALPS rating for student progress over the past 3 years places us in the top 20% of providers nationally and the grades which our students achieve are consistently significantly higher than national figures. In 2019-20 the school achieved an ALPS score of 1 for the first time, placing us in the top 10% of providers nationally.

In 2017 the quality of our Post-16 provision was officially graded by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ in every area.

This 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 20 students have progressed to Oxbridge. Many students have also secured higher Degree level apprenticeships at some of the world’s most reputable companies such as PWC, Morrisons and BAE Systems.

We offer outstanding teaching, specialist pastoral care and a wide range of academic and vocational courses to meet the needs of our students. This is also complemented by extensive leadership and enrichment opportunities including sports leadership qualifications, first aid skills, work experience, leadership of younger students, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and wider life skills. Such 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 the Post-16 provision 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, comprehensive and cohesive community.

Mr J.A. Gutch – Deputy Headteacher, Director of Post-16

Mr J.D. Sykes – Associate Assistant Headteacher, Post-16 (Year 13 Lead)

Mrs J.L. Pickard – Learning Leader, Post-16 (Year 12 Lead)

The live recording of the Post-16 open evening presentation given on 11th November 2020 can be seen below:

Further info: Post-16 Virtual Open Evening Presentation Slides 2020


Mr J. A Gutch (JAG)

Deputy Headteacher: Personal Development and Director of Post-16

Mr J. D. Sykes (JDS)

Associate Assistant Headteacher: Post-16 (Y13 lead)

Mrs J.L. Pickard (JLP)

Learning Leader: Post-16 (Y12 lead)

Mrs Harriet Miller (HM)

Year 12/13 Student Manager


A welcome from the Head Students (2020/21)

‘Post-16 at IGS is an inclusive environment where everyone, regardless of the school they’ve come from, can thrive. Although our sixth form community is large, our 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 worries. The abundance of enrichment opportunities, including many leadership roles, allow the students to excel not only academically but also personally. This provides them with crucial life skills which look compelling on any personal statement or CV. Ilkley Grammar’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.’

Jamie Rimmington and Emma Whitaker-Pitts