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Community Education - 2022/2023


Priority booking for current students starts 23 June 2022. Bookings open to the general public on 14 July 2022.

If you are interested in receiving a brochure or reminder email, email Pippa on mnp@princehenrys.co.uk.

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 governors have 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 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.

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 few years, this year’s programme still offers 26 classes in 8 different languages alongside a programme of hobbies and interests. If you have learned with us in the past, we hope you will join us again in the coming year and help us continue to secure the future of this important community programme. If you have not yet taken advantage of this unique resource, we would be delighted to welcome you.

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

Christopher Lillington
Programme Director

Pippa McPherson
Programme Co-ordinator