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Welcome to Post 16

Welcome to Ilkley Grammar School Post-16.

Stand-out comments from our latest 'Outstanding' Ofsted inspection regarding our post-16 included…

  • Through high-quality support and guidance, the overwhelming majority of students go on to further training or study, often at the most prestigious universities.
  • Students make outstanding progress from their starting points across a wide range of subjects.
  • Teaching over time is outstanding.
  • Students’ attitudes to learning are excellent. They are self-assured, punctual and ambitious. They show high levels of independence and cooperate well with each other and their teachers. They work hard and produce high-quality work over time.

Our results show a track record of students reaching their personal best, due to the hard work from staff, students and the support of their parents.

In 2018 11% of all grades achieved were at A* (3% above national), with all other attainment measures also continuing to be above national rates, including almost a third of all grades achieved at A/A* (31%), with 60% at A*-B and a 98% overall pass rate.

This is wonderful affirmation of the hard work of both staff and students and is something of which we are rightly proud. However, I am not complacent. Every year is a fresh start and we are working hard to ensure that this year’s students reach their personal best.

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.

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

From September 2019 the Post 16 Team consists of:

  • Mr Jamie Gutch - Assistant Headteacher: Director of Post 16

  • Mr Josh Sykes - Associate Assistant Headteacher: Post 16

  • Miss Danielle Maguire - Post 16 Learning Leader
  • Post 16 Student Managers - Miss Harriet Sanham (Y12) & Dr Christine Merrall (Y13)

Post 16 Open Evening

This will take place on Wednesday 13th November 2019  (6pm-8pm) where prospective students can find out all about our Post 16 offer, including presentations from the Post 16 team and had 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 on the 2018 evening can be seen below.

pdf iconPost-16 Open Evening Presentation 2018


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 Professional Dress Code

IGS Professional Dress Code Post-16

Our Post-16 dress code is professional, practical and smart whilst allowing for a greater degree of personal choice appropriate to a Post-16 setting.

In agreeing the dress code we have taken into account the fact that whilst different from lower school in many ways, Post-16 students are role models for younger students and therefore standards must be kept high.

All students must wear the IGS lanyard with P16 access card at all times.

·         Smart skirt/dress/tailored trousers (grey/dark/subtle colour of choice).

·         Skirt/dress length should be closer to the knee than the hip

·         Smart blouse / professional top /collared shirt/ (plain or subtle pattern/subtle colour of choice). With a collared shirt students must wear a burgundy/black IGS Post 16 tie or professional tie of choice

·         Smart, plain jumper/cardigan or a tailored jacket (grey/dark/subtle colour of choice)

·         Smart shoes appropriate for a busy, professional working environment

·         Discreet ear piercings or nose piercing are allowed

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

·         Shorts

·         Casual trousers

·         Leather skirts or trousers

·         Leggings

·         Tops with large or offensive logos

·         Low cut / low open neck tops or blouses

·         Hoodies

·         Strappy/vest tops

·         Denim

·         Casual shoes, trainers or flip flops

·         Extreme hairstyles or colour

·         No hats or coats to be worn in lessons.

Final decisions on the appropriateness of any attire will be at the discretion of the Post 16 Team / Senior Leadership Team.



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. 


We are an e-learning school, and use a wide range of Apps. You will need some kind of device to enable you to work effectively in and out of lessons. You can bring any portable device you already have, or wish to purchase, which works to an appropriate specification (this could be an iPad, laptop or MacBook). This includes your existing iPad if you are a current IGS student.

You need to consider how you will store and organise your digital work (OneDrive) and your workflow (Showbie). Phones cannot be used routinely for working in lessons and only with permission from a teacher.

If you do not have access to a portable device and are concerned about the financial implications please email ipadfinance@ilkleygs.co.uk for support.


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. The table below shows our average results over the previous 3 years.

  IGSNat.  IGS v Nat.
% A* 10.9% 8.1%  +2.8%
% A/A*33.8%26.1%  +7.7%
% A*-B65.1% 52.8%  +12.3%
% A*-C84.9%77.4%  +7.5%
Pass rate99.3% 97.9%  +1.4%

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