About Us

Message from the Principal


Welcome to Prior Pursglove College! We are a well-established sixth form college with a long history of providing an excellent educational experience for our students.

We have a strong reputation for high standards, outstanding facilities and a real commitment to helping you to be as successful as you possibly can be. We want you to be happy here.

We specialise in full time courses for the 16-19 age group, providing a very wide range of A level and Intermediate courses which can be taken in any combination. We also offer an extensive range of adult education and leisure courses, which you will find information about in our part-time course guide.

The results that our students achieve regularly place us among the top performing colleges in the country for getting students to university. We are proud of their achievements and the part we have played as a college in shaping their future. The care and support that we give to our students is top priority for us.

Earlier this year, Prior Pursglove College was named the best college in Teesside for placing students in university or employment, according to government data. 84% progression to a sustained education/training destination places Prior in the top ten of all sixth form colleges nationally, an accolade that we are extremely proud of.

Ofsted recognised our fantastic reputation for supporting students to achieve their very best when they judged us to be a ‘Good’ college across all areas in March 2015, noting our high expectations of students in an environment where students can develop skills both for life and work.

At Prior, you will find first class staff who really care about you and your success. You can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome and a desire to support every individual to achieve the very best they are capable of. You will be encouraged to develop a mature and responsible approach to your studies, so that you can learn and achieve to the best of your ability. We also hope that you will enjoy your time with us and make new friends. We have a lovely campus, attractive buildings and excellent resources.

Our campus provides a friendly mix of old and new, from historic buildings which have provided education to our community for over 400 years, to multi-million pound developments which enable our students to benefit from the most innovative and state-of-the-art teaching, learning and social facilities in the area.

Taking the step from school to college is an exciting move. Our open evenings offer you and your parents the chance to visit the college and discuss your options with staff and, most importantly, our students. We are committed to helping you make an informed choice about your future and we hope you will come along to one of these evenings and find out how welcoming we are for yourself.

We are very proud of the achievements of our students and we are confident that the college has a bright future ahead. I hope very much that you will want to join us and be a part of that too. I look forward to meeting you soon.

Judy Burton, Principal

Further Information

  • Archives

    To visit our archive website created to enable public access to the archive of the college, grammar school and almshouses of Guisborough click here.

  • Consultation

    In September 2015, the Corporation at Prior Pursglove College resolved to hold a comprehensive and in-depth consultation around a proposal to merge with Stockton Sixth Form College. You can find all relevant updates regarding the merger below.   1st May 2016 – Merger finalised It is with great pleasure that the governors of Prior Pursglove and […]

  • Academic Calendar

      Autumn Term College Starts 4th September (2nd Years only)   Private Study Time 8th & 9th September (2nd Years only)   New Students Start 8th September   All Students 10th September   Half Term 26th – 30th October 2015   Long Weekend 26th – 27th November 2015   Term Ends 18th December 2015 Spring […]

  • Getting Here

    The college is well served by public transport and we also operate special routes to collect students from across the area and drop them off on the campus. To find a route that’s right for you, download a bus timetable: Bus Route Kings                       Marton Road, Nunthorpe Bus Route 56                             Loftus, Brotton, Skelton Bus Route X56                          Whitby, […]

  • Results

    Our results place us as one of the top performing sixth form colleges in the country. In 2015, students achieved a 99.4% A-level pass rate with almost half of entries securing a high grade (A*-B).  

  • Governance

    Prior Pursglove became independent in 1993, along with all colleges in the further education sector. Each college has its own controlling body – the Corporation or Governing Body – which has ultimate responsibility for the success of the college. The Corporation is specifically responsible for: The determination and periodic review of the educational character and […]

  • Ofsted

    ‘This is a Good college,’ Ofsted 2015 Prior Pursglove College has been judged to be a ‘Good’ college in its Ofsted inspection. Read the full report. The college secured a Grade 2 ‘Good’ rating across all areas; overall effectiveness, outcomes for learners, teaching, learning and assessment and leadership and management. During the visit, inspectors recognised […]

  • Our Campus

    The facilities at Prior Pursglove College are some of the best in the area and it’s our friendly, welcoming and relaxed campus that helps students love their time here. There’s plenty of social space to meet up with friends and we’re just a two minute walk away from the local amenities of Guisborough town centre. […]