Penistone Grammar School – Now in the Top 5% of A Level Providers in the Country!
Students at Penistone Grammar School are celebrating as they secure the best A Level results in the school’s history, smashing the previous record.
Paul Crook, Principal, said: “Our students are amazing individuals who work incredibly hard. These results are recognition of the commitment they have shown not only to their studies, but to embracing life as part of our learning community. We are extremely proud of each of them and very grateful to our staff for their dedication, as well as the ongoing support of parents and carers”.
Many students have excelled in terms of their personal performance. Congratulations go to the following students for whom their fantastic results have secured them places on highly competitive courses: Nikita Salt (A*AA) who goes on to read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic History at Cambridge University, Molly Britton (A*A*A*), reading Medicine at York University and Tegan Imrie (AAA) reading Dentistry at Liverpool University.
The school expects 95% of students to have secured their University of choice, with 53% achieving places at Russell Group Universities (over four times the National Average and the highest proportion the school has ever seen). Recognition goes to all these students, particularly Matthew Carey who achieved four A* grades in addition to a Distinction in the Advanced Extension Award in Mathematics. Matthew will now read Mathematics at Warwick University. Mention should also be made of the following students: William Leach (A*A*A*A) reading Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London; Thomas Lindley (A*A*A*A) reading Mathematics at Nottingham; Amy Ives (A*A*A*) reading Natural Science at York; Henry Oliver (A*A*A*) reading Mathematics with Finance at Leeds; Aneurin Hughes (A*A*AA) reading Chemical Engineering at Edinburgh; Rece Mhargh (A*A*AA) reading Mathematics at Durham; Sam Nixon (A*A*AB) reading Maths at Warwick; Jessica Scarfe (A*A*A) reading Biomedical Science at Manchester.
In addition to students moving on to further education, students have also secured prestigious degree level apprenticeships, for example, Emily Hunt (AAAB) who takes up a place with Kostal UK Ltd.
This year, 46% of the grades achieved were A* and As (more than double that of the previous year) with the following students achieving the top grades in all subjects studied: Bethany Arnold, Harry Butler, Samuel Casidei, Georgiana Cuthbertson-Beet, Karis Dlambulo, Ellissa Drinkhill, Will Hackett, Matthew Makings, James Middleton, Grace Robson, William Rowley, Ella Sanders, John Sedgwick, Elizabeth Worthy and Simeon Young.
Nick Stevens, Assistant Principal said: “Our Post-16 Centre is a very special place, the environment, ethos and atmosphere ensures our young people can achieve amazing things. As a cohort, they have embodied our core values, supporting each other through the last two years of their education and aiming high in all they do. Our Student Leadership Team have been pivotal in this, not only as role models in terms of their studies, but also raising huge sums of money for charity and contributing to the school and wider community. The demands faced by our students when taking A Levels are ever increasing and the way in which this year group particularly has risen to the challenge has been an inspiration to us all. In particular, Billy Rowley (AAA), Wendy Hartley (ABB) and Oliver Bright (ABB) have shown just what our students can achieve with resilience and a commitment to succeed”.
If anyone was in doubt about whether Penistone is the right place to study, this year has secured the centre in the top 5% in the Country, making success for future students inevitable. Whether you want to study Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, English, Maths, Further Maths, PE, Physics or Psychology (all of which have seen exceptional results this year), or one of the many other A Level courses on offer, Penistone is the place for you.
Mr P Crook – 16 August 2018
GCSE Success at Penistone Grammar School
Students and staff are once again celebrating as Penistone Grammar School achieves excellent results. The results represent yet another year-on-year improvement for the school, particularly impressive given the introduction of more challenging GCSE specifications for most subjects.
Paul Crook said of his first results since taking over as Principal at Penistone “I am extremely proud of our students. They have shown a strong work ethic and have pulled together as a year group to support each other in achieving these fantastic results. I am also incredibly grateful to our staff, who go above and beyond every day to ensure each one of our young people is given the best possible opportunities”.
At PGS over 81% of students have secured a grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics. Carole Mason, Executive Director said “not only have we seen an increase in the top grades achieved, we have also seen huge gains in the progress each of our students make regardless of their starting point. This means that more students than ever before can go on to access their post-16 course or apprenticeships of choice”.
In another year of wide-scale change, the school is particularly proud of the results achieved in the Sciences, with 86% of students securing at least two passes at grade 4 or above and over a third of the cohort achieving the top grades at 7 or above.
Whilst there are many individual success stories, particular congratulations go to Jamie Butler (8 x grade 9, 1 x grade 8), Hannah Hinchliffe and Ibraheem Mirza (both with 7 x grade 9, 1 x grade 8, 1 x grade 7) and Euan Sullivan (6 x grade 9, 3 x grade 8). Congratulations also go to the following students who achieved grade 7 or above in all subjects taken: Alice Bramley, Josie Farr, Tom Fryers, Davy Gibbons, Luke Hardman, Lily Hood, Rowena Hunt, Sam Jones, Alisha Khan, Luc Lawford, Emily McNaught, Matthew Raynor and Elliott Skipper.
Paul Crook, Principal, said; “after the success of last week’s A Level results, today has been another fantastic day. Our job is entirely about creating opportunities for students, with results like the ones we have seen, both at A Level and GCSE, there is no doubt that our students have promising futures ahead of them and I can’t wait to hear about everything they go on to achieve”.
Mr P Crook – 23 August 2018
School’s Catering Team awarded Level 5 Food Hygiene Rating
We are pleased to announce that the school’s catering team have secured a Level 5 Food Hygiene rating following the recent inspection by the Environmental Health Officer for the Food Standards Agency.
This reflects the hard work and commitment of the catering team, led by Ryan Swift, and their willingness to support the school community.
15 June 2018
Congratulations to John Stones
Congratulations to John Stones ex-student of Penistone Grammar School. Manchester City Premiership Champion 2017/18 Season. Picture of John Stones projected onto our Sports Hall wall on Sunday 6 May 2018, until 10.30pm.
Penistone Grammar School Presented Our House
The Visual & Performing Arts Department major production of Our House took place from 17 April until 19 April 2018.
The story followed Camden lad Joe Casey (played by Tom Collings) who, on the night of his 16th birthday, makes a decision that will change his life. Trying to impress Sarah (played by Emily Seymour), the girl of his dreams, Joe breaks into a building development overlooking his home on Casey Street. But things take a turn for the worse as the police turn up.
Our comedy musical was filled with the music of Madness, from One Step Beyond, Our House and Baggy Trousers and our 50 strong cast of students from Year 7 to Year 13 and we are very proud of their stunning performances.
Special thanks to Mr Read and Ms Rasheed with whom this production couldn’t have happened. An extra special thanks to our Post-16 student Charlotte Bentley who spent hours choreographing the dance scenes. Thanks to Mr Berry and Mr Murray for helping with set design and to Jamie and Josh for lighting and sound. Thanks to the SLT and particularly Mr Lacey for sharing our vision. My final thanks is to all who came on the night and for supporting our show. I hope you all had wonderful night.
Mr Darren Edwards, Leader of Visual & Performing Arts.
Sheffield Children’s Hospital – Schools Snowflake
We have received a letter and thank you poster from Cheryl Davidson, Community Fundraising Manager thanking Penistone Grammar School for our donation of £5,000 for the Schools Snowflake 2017/18. Please see copy of letter below together with a poster. Thank you to all students, staff, parents and carers who were involved in the raising of such a fantastic amount to date.
Thank you from Sheffield Children’s Hospital
We have received a message of thanks from Cheryl Davidson Community Fundraising Manager at TheChildren’s Hospital Charity for the hampers for Nursing/Medical staff that were delievered to the Hospital before the Christmas Holiday. The staff at the hospital were so happy with the hampers and were quite emotional and really surprised when they had received something so nice at Christmas. Thank you to all our students, parents/carers and staff who contributed to the hampers for the staff at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Community Fundraising Manager
The Children’s Hospital Charity