Harrogate Schools & Education – High Standards Achieved By The North Yorkshire Spa Town 

By  GarrickH

Harrogate – focus on education & schools

Harrogate district has a population of 157,000 and around half live in Harrogate town. The district is extremely well served with a combination of state (public) schools and private schools. The Harrogate schools (state) offer the full UK curriculum from age 5 upwards; taking students through the national qualifications of GSCEs at age 16 and A-levels at age 18 as well as offering the range of vocational qualifications such as BTEC and Apprenticeships.

Harrogate Meets Government Standards

In 2020 all Harrogate district secondary schools successfully met the new national standards set out by Government to measure the progress that a pupil makes through their education; and produced outcomes in the top tier for achievement nationally. The proportion of pupils who attained good GCSEs in the separate academic subject areas of mathematics, science and languages was more than 5 per cent above the national average.

Independent Schools In Harrogate

The independent school sector is also very strong in the district, and is a popular option for families.  Harrogate Ladies College takes boys and girls from 2 to 11 and girls from 11 to 18, and Ashville College takes students from nursery to sixth form. Both schools have a vast variety of international students and offer the option of boarding on campus.
Harrogate School

Harrogate College – Part of the Leeds College Group

Harrogate College sits within a business park towards the edge of town, with the advantage of having a dedicated train station right outside. As part of the Leeds College Group, one of the largest College Groups of its kind in the UK, the college offers programmes to meet the needs of the local area for 16-18 year olds as an alternative to sixth form; and for the 19+ age group – this includes adult learners who can participate in full time or part time study up to degree level, or can choose to study from a suite of professional qualifications awarded by industry leading bodies. Students also benefit from the new £6 million campus redevelopment.

Developing Young People

Our young people are at the heart of our community, and all the schools and the college play a vital role in the district. Whether through a full calendar of sporting and cultural events; shows and performances in the town’s beautiful Royal Hall, Harrogate Theatre or the auditorium of Harrogate Convention Centre or by students participating in volunteer programmes such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme. It’s not unusual to find groups of adventurous students armed with maps and tents navigating their way across parts of the Yorkshire Dales in all weathers! Those same students also sign up to working in the voluntary or charity sector, giving back to their community through fund-raising or campaigning work

Many Yorkshire Nearby Universities Nearby

After sixth form, thoughts turn to university and within an hour or so of Harrogate there are plenty for you to consider. These include Leeds (there are in fact two universities in the city), Sheffield (also home to two), York, Huddersfield, Bradford and Hull.

But it can’t be all work – or study – and no play! One of the many reasons that families choose to live in the Harrogate district is the fabulous quality of life that living here offers, so it is not all about the Harrogate Schools! For hundreds of years people flocked to Harrogate because of its water and spa and with ever more focus on health and wellbeing we offer an opportunity to have a different pace of life that suits your family as well as your career.  Often described as the jewel in the crown of Yorkshire and with beautiful open countryside on the doorstep and plenty of parks and greenspaces in the town it’s easy to find the space to let off steam and have fun as a family.

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