Post 16 Options


Raising of the participation age

All students who are now in Year 11 will need to stay in some form of learning up until their 18th birthday.

What are the options after year 11?

Sixth form – A year 12 and 13 attached to a school. Students can apply to a sixth form even if they haven’t attended the school previously. In Huddersfield the schools with sixth forms are Creative and Media Studio School and Shelley College. Students also might want to consider sixth forms in Calderdale such as Rastrick High School or in North Kirklees such as Mirfield Free Grammar

Sixth form College – a college aimed at young people between the ages of 16 – 19. In Huddersfield there is Greenhead College and Huddersfield New College

Further education College – An establishment of post 16 education aimed at all ages, in Huddersfield there is Kirklees College

Apprenticeships – An employed job with training which leads to nationally recognised training. Local vacancies can be found on  and

Part time study – studying part time whilst working or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

Traineeship – A programme of work experience of up to 6 months which includes working towards nationally recognised qualifications

Useful Links:

Year 11 Destinations

Information on where Year 11 leavers from individual secondary schools have progressed onto. The overall Kirklees information can also be viewed here.