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 subject to the highest subject. 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 an 84% progression rate.

When I took on the principal’s role in January as part of the merger plans with Stockton Sixth Form I was 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, 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 surprise where it takes you. I hope that you will find our unique offer irresistible and come and be part of Prior!

See you soon,





Further Information

  • 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.

  • Consultation

    In April 2017, the Corporation at Prior Pursglove and Stockton Sixth Form College resolved to hold a comprehensive and in-depth consultation around a proposal to form and lead a Multi Academy Trust. You can find all relevant updates regarding the merger below. 1st November – Update Prior Pursglove and Stockton Sixth Form College was granted academy […]

  • Academic Calendar

        Autumn Term College Starts  4th & 5th September (2nd Years only)​   Private Study Time  6th & 7th September (2nd Years only)   New Students Start  6th September 2017   All Students  8th September 2017   Half Term  23rd– 27th October 2017   Long Weekend  23rd– 24th November 2017   Term Ends  20th […]

  • 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, […]

  • League Table Results

    Our results place us as one of the top performing sixth form colleges in the country. In 2017, students achieved an A Level pass rate of over 98%. Education League Tables can be viewed through the Department of Education’s website here.          

  • 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. […]