Prior Pursglove College

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Coordinates: 54°32′15″N 1°02′54″W / 54.5374°N 1.0482°W / 54.5374; -1.0482 Prior Pursglove College is a sixth form college in Guisborough in the local education authority of Redcar and Cleveland, North Yorkshire, England. The college has been an educational institution since its founder Robert Pursglove set up the grammar school there in the 16th century after helping with the dissolution of the nearby Guisborough Priory. Other references to the English reformation remain in the college to this day such as the Coverdale building named after the creator of the English translated bible. It is situated on the former site of Guisborough Grammar School, which it replaced as a result of restructuring. The Grammar School was founded as a charitable school for poor boys. Prior Pursglove merged with South Park Sixth Form College in 1997, eventually consolidating the provision of education on to the Guisborough campus. The college currently educates around 1,600 students.[1]


The older part of the college buildings was built by architect Alfred Waterhouse in 1887 for Guisborough Grammar School, and is Grade II listed. A tablet over the archway reads: "Founded in the reign of Queen Elizabeth AD 1561 Guisborough Grammar School re-erected in the reign of Queen Victoria AD 1887".[2] The Waterhouse Building was refurbished in 2013 and now houses Foundation Learning provision.

The Coverdale building is named after the creator of the English translated bible and houses humanity and language education.

A new specialist arts & media building was completed in October 2012. It was opened by descendants of Guisborough born Olympic gold medalist Willy Applegarth from the Stockholm Olympics of 1912 and Jade Jones, a current Prior Pursglove College student who competed at the London Paralympics in 2012.[3]

Other buildings include the Southpark Centre which houses the music, English and drama department and the Priory Centre which houses science, geography, geology, maths, ICT, business studies and psychology. The Prior Centre also contains Resource Centre where students can spend private study time.

Educational provision

The college mainly specialises in full-time courses for the 16-19 age group, with a wide choice of Advanced level and intermediate courses.

Approximately 1,600 full-time students are enrolled at the college studying a range of courses including AS/A level, BTEC National Diploma and GCSEs.

The college also offers Foundation Learning courses, the Elite Project or Pathways Programme which are designed for 16- to 19-year-olds to help them get back into education, training or employment as well as a number of adult courses.

Students' union

The college also has a students' union which is a member of the National Union of Students. In 2011, the college received a Leading the Learner Voice Award in 'Most improved Provider’, for progress in raising the profile of student voice within the college.[4]

The union is led by a President and Vice President, elected by all students. They also serve as student governors. In 2013 the then Students' Union President, Darren Melroy, was accoladed with the 'Student Governor of the Year' award.[5]

Notable alumni

Prior Pursglove College

Guisborough Grammar School


  1. ^ "About us". Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Prior Pursglove College, including Master's House, gymnasium and assembly hall". Listed Buildings Online. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Special guests officially open £1.5 million Art and Media Centre". 3 December 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "LSIS Leading the Learner Voice Award winners in full". FE Week. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Prior Pursglove student wins national award". The Northern Echo. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sport student gets talent spotted by Newcastle United". Prior Pursglove College. 1 March 2013. Archived from the original on 15 May 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 

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