Priesthorpe School

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Welcome to Priesthorpe School


Message From Headteacher, Martin Blacoe   Headteacher photo

Priesthorpe is a popular and successful Secondary school that prides itself on being at the heart of the community it serves. We are a co-operative foundation school and part of the Leeds Co-Operative Schools Network.

A commitment to consistently high quality teaching and learning and good behaviour provides a platform to deliver an exciting, innovative and personalised curriculum. This enables our students to be the best that they can be, achieve excellent outcomes and develop into citizens of the future who are well equipped for the world of work and beyond. 

The school has a very special ethos that visitors continue to comment on, and it is the excellent care and support, meeting the individual needs of our students, that was reflected when the school was awarded the Inclusion Chartermark. Put simply, we care deeply about our students. 

Collaboration plays a key role in improving student achievement. As one of the three Pudsey Secondary schools, who together form the Pudsey Confederation, we share post 16 provision and are thus able to offer opportunities for students to study a wider range of subjects. In July 2012, Priesthorpe secured Co-operative Trust Status. We are very excited about creating and developing opportunities to work formally with other schools and businesses that share a common ethos and values with us, and who have a collective desire to maximise student outcomes. 

A wealth of learning takes place at Priesthorpe beyond the classroom. £15 million of recent investment in facilities ensures that opportunities to further engage in Sport, Drama and Music, for example, are plentiful. As a Sports College, we provide the focal point of much of the sporting activity within our community. 

Please feel free to visit us during the working day, when you can see classes being taught and witness at first hand the atmosphere within the school. Simply telephone to let us know a convenient time.

Our Vision

In October 2014 our full Governing Body adopted a new Vision Statement, which we believe sums up both the ethos of today's Priesthorpe, and what we are striving to achieve:-

Our vision is to inspire generations of Priesthorpe students to enjoy their learning,

fulfil their potential and leave school equipped and motivated to contribute fully to life

within their own community and beyond.

Pupil Premium

Our Pupil Premium Summary Report for 2014 is now available in the 'Inclusion / Pupil Premium' section of the Parent Zone, or by clicking here. This report details the amount of extra funding Priesthorpe receives to support students deemed to be from a disadvantaged background, as well as how it is used.


Jamie Jones-Buchanan's message to Priesthorpe students, from our GCSE Presentation Evening, Sept 5th 2013.


Jamie Jones-Buchanan, GCSE Presentation Evening 2013 from Priesthorpe School on Vimeo.


 Mqedandaba Computers

Over two months ago Priesthorpe donated a large number of its obsolete computers to a charity called Computers4Africa. Following discussions between myself and the charity a deal was struck for us to pay £1000 for 20 re-furbished computers to be sent to our sister school Mqedandaba, in South Africa. This was paid from money raised over time by our pupils here at Priesthorpe. After a little negotiation the charity agreed for us to share a container when one became available. Time moved on and almost a year later the container was packed with the computers and set off for Cape Town, South Africa. It arrived just over 12 months ago and the fight to get ICT to Mqedandaba continued. Battling red tape and getting transport from Cape Town to Bergville over 1000 miles away was our final hurdle. Finally, after working with local and regional governments, as well as with the support of Computers4Africa the computers arrived. Learners and educators at the school are thrilled. Here is just one message from a teacher at the school:-
“My name is Sandile Mavundla but well known as Scara. I am one of the educators at Mqedandaba High (RSA).

I wish to say thank you very much for the computers you sent us. They are going to be of great help to our learners and also to us as educators! Thank you very much and please pass our word of thanks to all the Priesthorpe people! Thank you!” 

Sandile Mavundla (Scara)

I am currently working with Calverley Rotary Club to secure some support to enable set up and initial running costs for these computers. More news soon.

Mr Goldthorp



Terry Waite CBE, at Priesthorpe

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"... I recently went to visit a remarkable school, Priesthorpe, ... where students were attentive,  inquisitive and, contrary to so many undeserved reputations about young people, very well behaved.  

With schools such as Priesthorpe preparing the next generation for life, Leeds, Bradford and other Northern Cities need not be too pessimistic about the future."

Terry Waite, CBE

November 2012

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