hiya im ammending this as my last effort didnt go down very well! i was trying to give the gist of what the atmosphere is like at prior. in that respect, prior has an advantage, from what i remember and still hear about the place. the teachers are mostly very good, the english dept and sociology dept which i studied under were particularly good, and the level of teaching was great. tutors helped a lot by being friendly and trying to establish a good relationship with us students. aftercare was good too, tutors were all there to support when we left for uni, in helping with UCAS forms and the like. The principal and vice principal were both lovely too and eager to help out anyone in a struggle. the place has gone under a great change physically since i left, having several new buildings which are a great improvement and i can see will really help the student morale. stuck in those little huts was no fun i can tell you. All in all a great place with a good range of courses for school leavers and mature students alike. i loved being there, and i wish i could go back! definite top approval from me!!
Having just left five months ago, I'm a little more up-to-date than the previous reviewer. There was recently a huge amount of money spent on a new Resource Centre, and an english/drama/music building, there are about two huts left and they are used for storage. There is a pool table now, but I can't exactly say it's in a brand new condition!. Overall the teachers are quite good, especially the more younger ones. But as ever there are some "disagreeable" ones (mentioning no names in the I.T dept.) I think that the college improved even in the short time I was there, and it has a very high reputation in the area. The teachers do want you to pass, they are knowledgeable, and often have a professional background in their subject (one of my media teachers was a journalist, my english teacher co-wrote an A-level textbook, and he still writes for literary mags etc.) But there still aren't any extra-curricular activities though.
Pursglove has a pretty impressive history, founded in the 1500s next to the ancient Guisborough Priory. The old part of the building is still used, although now it is surrounded by more modern developments for sporting facilities and arts and sciences. While I was there, many humanities subjects were still being taught in demountable huts like in school. And school is the right word when it comes to Prior. Don't expect to be free as a happy yellow birdie after leaving school - Prior is serious: serious about you working hard and getting into university, alternative careers provision didn't seem a high priority when I was there. To me the place seemed stifling and dull, there wasn't many non-sports clubs or even a college newspaper. Requests for a pool table were turned down on the grounds of distraction and it does feel like you're being watched disapprovingly all the time. Some of the staff are friendly and dedicated while some are intimidating hardasses. Miss lessons and they get on your back, miss work and they get on your back, its very uptight, with form groups like in school. The place is pleasant, quiet and studious, but the subject provision was thin (no A levels in Politics, or Philosophy when I was there in 1995-7). Guisborough is a quaint little market town with tons of bakeries. I like the place but many will find it (yes that word again) dull. I would strongly suggest you spend a couple of days there to soak in the mustiness. More people should take a year out after school because at Prior the workload is a massive increase from GCSE level. Bye!