Beyond CRGS

We are very proud of the achievements of our students.


The overwhelming majority of CRGS students proceed to university. Most students apply to top universities. Our students are increasingly discerning and ambitious to get onto the very best course, at the best university, that they can. They are able to research the full range of financial support available, including bursaries and scholarships.


Students also successfully apply for Higher Level apprenticeships / jobs with major employers, including BAE Systems, Johnson Matthey, Rolls Royce, Leyland Trucks, and the Civil Service to name a few.

Gap Years

Given the increase in university tuition fees in recent years, more students have opted to take a Gap Year to raise money; develop employability skills; give themselves some thinking time and to apply to university once they have their A Level results. Nonetheless, typically, over 90% of our students progress straight on to university.

Our Sixth Form VLE provides details of University, Apprenticeship, Employment and Gap Year opportunities and options.

Popular Destinations

In recent years, the following universities have proved to be the most popular: Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Imperial, Newcastle, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, Northumbria, Leeds, Leeds Beckett, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores, Lancaster, Nottingham, Salford, UCLAN, York, UCL, Loughborough, Bradford, Exeter, Southampton, Bath, Hull, Keele, Warwick, Aberystwyth and Bristol.

The destination list varies from year to year and students are increasingly using resources such as The Scholarship Hub and The Complete University Guide to research scholarships and bursaries. The financial support package is becoming an increasingly important part of the decision-making process. Further information about Student Finance is available on our Financial Assistance webpage in the Parents section here.


All students become Clitheronians when they leave CRGS and we encourage them to register to join our alumni network.

"…students indicated how ambitious all of the adults in the Sixth Form were, on their behalf, and how determined they were, as individuals, to give of their best, and go on to post-18 learning experiences in prestigious universities, or continue high quality training and successful employment."

— Dr Andy Swallow (School Inspector 2015)