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Community Education

Welcome to the Community Education Programme of evening classes at Prince Henry’s, an independent programme of learning opportunities provided by the school for the benefit of the local community.

How is the Community Education Programme funded?

Until recently, we received additional funding as a Specialist Language College which enabled us to subsidise the cost of all language courses. Unfortunately, this funding is no longer available to schools, so all courses must now be self-funding. However, the programme is run as a service to the local community on a “not for profit” basis, therefore, as long as we can cover the tutor’s salary and administration costs, we can allow all courses to run.

How are our courses structured?

Almost all our courses run for a 10 week block initially. In most cases, students will be invited to continue for a further 10 weeks after Christmas, and then another 10 weeks after Easter. Therefore, many courses actually run for 30 weeks in total. We use this system of termly enrolment because our students prefer it.

Who can attend evening classes at Prince Henry’s?

Almost anyone! Most of our courses are accessible to all students over the age of eleven (Year 7 and above) and we welcome an increasing number of family groups. Although traditionally many of our students have come from Otley and neighbouring villages, more and more students are travelling from Leeds, Bradford, Ilkley and Harrogate, from where the school is easily accessible.

What makes Prince Henry’s different?

We believe that we offer a broad range of high-quality learning opportunities, in a friendly environment. Most of our courses are not accredited and they are free from the pressure of assessments and “portfolios of evidence” which some providers encourage their students to complete.

We look forward to welcoming you onto one of our courses soon.

Christopher Lillington
Programme Director

Pippa McPherson
Programme Co-ordinator