About Us

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If you want to study in beautiful, uniquely historic surroundings, with over 1000 like-minded young people who are excited about learning and ambitious about their future, then you’ve come to the right place!

Our wonderful college has been delivering the highest quality education for over 450 years – very few have that claim to fame. But don’t be fooled – our facilities are 21st century and will enable you to enjoy an absolutely first rate learning experience. Our teachers are experts in their field – specialists who focus exclusively on delivering their subjects.

Year after year we succeed in supporting students to Oxford or Cambridge, to study competitive courses such as veterinary science, medicine and dentistry, also to physiotherapy, midwifery and teaching – to name but a few.

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive college with an offer for every young person. We understand that things don’t always go according to plan and sometimes a re-think is needed – that’s fine. Our track record in securing sustained positive destinations is unparalleled across the region.

In other words, whether you want to go to university, an apprenticeship or a job we have the specialist staff, expertise and drive to deliver that with you. In fact we are in the top 10% of all sixth form colleges with a 96% positive progression rate.

Anyone visiting Prior Pursglove is immediately struck by the wonderful surroundings on the Guisborough site which students often describe as reminiscent of a university campus. The atmosphere is calm and purposeful, with an overwhelming focus on learning and mutual support across the whole campus community. Teachers, managers and support staff all play an integral part in ensuring that all our students have everything they need to make progress beyond their expectations and have a great experience along the way.

Don’t take my word for it – come along to one of our popular open evenings and see for yourself.

There will be current students – our ambassadors – who give their time freely because they want to share with you the fabulous experience they’re having here. Prior Pursglove is a special place – we challenge and support in a way that will inspire you to new achievements and unexpected destinations. I hope that you will find our unique offer irresistible and come and be part of Prior!

See you soon,

Joanna Bailey – Principal




Further Information

  • Vision, Values and Strategic Plan

  • College Policies

    Here you will find links to the key policies at our College. The Policies are available in PDF format, please select from the list below. Single Equality Diversity Policy Fraud Anti-bribery and Whistleblowing Policy Support and Discipline Systems for Students Student Privacy Statement Tuition Fee Policy

  • Sixth Form Colleges Association

    We are part of The Sixth Form Colleges Association. This is the authoritative voice of sixth form education in England. They have been representing the interests of Sixth Form Colleges since 1993, and all 90 Sixth Form Colleges in England are members. SFCA is the home of dedicated 16–19 providers and represents a growing number of 16–19 academies, 16–19 […]

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • Governance

    The Trustees are the Trusts governing body. It comprises members drawn from a range of backgrounds and experience. The Governing Body meets often to consider strategic developments, systematic monitoring of college and management performance and prescribed compliance reports. Our Chair of Trustees is Mr Paul Gavens. Interested in becoming a College Governor? Governor Leaflet Appointment […]

  • League Table Results

    Our results place us as one of the top performing sixth form colleges in the country. In 2018, students achieved an A Level pass rate of 99.2% with 100% pass rate in 28 subjects. Education League Tables can be viewed through the Department of Education’s website here.          

  • 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 our bus timetable: Bus Route Kings                       Marton Road, Nunthorpe Bus Route 56                             Loftus, Brotton, Skelton Bus Route X56                          Whitby, […]

  • Academic Calendar

    College starts again on Monday 3rd September 2018. Autumn Term College Starts  3rd & 4th September (2nd Years only)​   Private Study Time  5th & 6th September (2nd Years only)   New Students Start  5th September 2018   All Students  7th September 2018   Half Term  29th October – 2nd November 2018   Long Weekend […]

  • 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. […]