Priestley College

Warrington, United Kingdom

Location: Warrington, United Kingdom
Phase: Further Education
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 16+ years

About Priestley College

PRIESTLEY  is an inclusive college with a consistent record of high achievement. It offers around 70 A-Level and Vocational courses and was the first sixth form college in the country to achieve STEM-assured status. 

It is part of The Challenge Academy Trust – one of the most inclusive Multi Academy Trusts in the country. About 2,000 students study on the campus.

Principal Matthew Grant said: “We have made great strides in recent years, but we are not a college that stands still. We are constantly looking for ways to improve in order to make the biggest difference to the most number of young people.”

There are now around 2,000 learners at Priestley with the latest investment a £1.5million technology centre that boasts more than 200 computers.

The Crescent Building has also been extended to provide extra café and study space whilst our Performing Arts facilities have been modernised.

More than £15million has been invested in the campus since 1999 on projects such as the new the Learning Resource Centre and an all-weather sports pitch.

Priestley’s growth in numbers has also gone hand in hand with increasing the range and scope of provision as well as significant improvements in quality.

By responding to student demand and national curriculum development, we have been able to broaden the choice by offering new curriculum lines.

All this allows us to successfully pursue our vision to be recognised as an outstanding college that strives for excellence as well as achieve our mission to realise potential through inspirational teaching and learning in a wholly supportive and caring environment.


Priestley’s goal is to inspire, challenge and support its students so they achieve their full potential. There is a strong support network of staff including personal tutors. A flexible timetable allows students to choose from a wide variety of courses and its Professional Pathways help young people who want to progress into professions such as Medicine, Law and Teaching. Its Graduate programme prepares students for applying for, and studying at, Russell Group universities. The most able students have the option of studying up to five A-Levels.​

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Address: Loushers Lane, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 6RD, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1925 633591
What people say about us

Priestley College really is an outstanding college where every learner really does matter

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