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Community Education - 2021/2022


Some classes are sold out or have limited places, please check individual listings before enrolling.

How is the Community Education Programme funded?

For many years, 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.

The school’s governing board has given a strong endorsement for the programme, and recognises the key role which it plays in placing the school at the heart of the local community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, courses continued to run, online and in person, where possible, providing much needed diversion for those enrolled.

How will course be delivered?

We have run a programme safely throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, based on the safety of our tutors and students and the guidelines issued by the UK Government. It is our intention to return to in-school evening classes from September 2021, with some weekend day workshops and the occasional online course. Classes will be delivered in accordance with regulations and guidance at the time.

How are our courses structured?

Most of our courses run for one term initially. Many classes offer further enrolments for the Spring and Summer Terms, and run if financially viable. We use this system of termly enrolment because our students prefer it.

This year we are also running some Saturday workshops, alongside our weekly classes.

Who can attend Community Education at Prince Henry’s?

Almost anyone! Most of our courses are accessible to adults and young people 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.

Despite the challenges of the last 18 months, this year’s programme still offers 23 classes in 8 different languages. If you have learned a language with us in the past, we hope you will join us again in the coming year and help us secure the future of this important community programme. If you have not yet taken advantage of this unique language-learning resource, we would be delighted to welcome you.

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

Christopher Lillington
Programme Director

Pippa McPherson
Programme Co-ordinator