The Curriculum

Young people only get one opportunity to learn.  We owe it to our students to ensure the curriculum is exciting, engaging and provides them with every opportunity to achieve educational outcomes that will make their future success inevitable.

In year 7 and 8 our focus is to develop the foundations needed for successful learning across a range of subjects.  Students  study English, Mathematics, Science and Languages (French and Spanish) for 6 hours per fortnight; History, Geography, PE and Technology for 4 hours per fortnight; Art, Drama, Music, Computing, Resilience (year 7 only) and PSHRCE  (Personal, Social, Health, Religious and Careers Education) for 2 hours per fortnight.

As they move into year 9, we enhance our students’ knowledge, skills and understanding as we prepare them for the next significant step in their learning journey.  Recognising the importance of English and Mathematics as the cornerstones for learning, the amount of time students spend studying these key subjects is increased.   Throughout year 9 students are  provided with opportunities to consider future pathways and to decide which subjects they would like to specialise in as they move into Key Stage 4.

In years 10 and 11 students take control of almost 40% of their learning, studying subjects that interest and enthuse them and which contribute to their longer-term goals and aspirations. At Key Stage 4 students  spend significantly more time studying core subjects:  9 hours per fortnight of English and Mathematics, and 10 hours per fortnight of core Science.  We  continue to recognise the importance of developing our students as well-rounded and healthy individuals and to this end our students  participate in practical PE lessons and PSHRCE (2 hours per fortnight).

Post 16 Centre

We have an excellent Post-16 Centre,  many of our students choose to stay with us and study subjects from the wide range of A Levels on offer including Psychology,  Sociology,  Government & Politics, Theatre Studies and Further Mathematics.  Please click here to view or download our Post 16 Prospectus for 2020/21

Please click on the links below for information regarding individual subjects at Key Stage 4 .    Or alternatively, please click here to view or download the  2020/2022 Options booklet containing all the indivdual subjects.

For further information about the curriculum studied at Penistone Grammar School please contact

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