Priestley College became a sixth form in 1979 and now has around 2,000 students. They have a choice of 70 courses including A-Levels, T-Levels and other Vocational options with hundreds of possible combinations. Sport Priestley has enjoyed incredible success over the past few years. In 2020 the Rugby Football League awarded Priestley the UK’s first ever Dual Rugby League Development Academy accreditation in recognition of the college providing a highly-successful platform for both boys and girls to play rugby.
In 2019 the college’s footballers were county champions and national finalists while in 2018 the basketball, volleyball, ladies’ football, swimming and rugby teams were all regional champions. Priestley’s swimmers have even competed in the London Olympic pool. Sport Priestley aims to offer something for everyone whether they want to train like a professional with one of the academies or simply stay active by joining an enrichment.