Key Stage 3

All students follow a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 3. In Year 7 students are taught in mixed-ability teaching groups for all lessons, with smaller groups in Mathematics, PE, Technology and Art. All Year 7 students will participate in ‘Bright Sparks’ lessons, which incorporate English, Literacy, Geography and History, delivered by one teacher for 14 hours per fortnight. Our Bright Sparks provision has been commended by Ofsted for not only delivering excellent student outcomes, but for also developing the independent learning skills, team work, presentation and enquiry skills that provide a foundation for success both academically and in later life.

In Year 8 and 9, students will be taught English, Geography, History and Enterprise as discrete subjects and some students will be given the opportunity to study a second language. Students in Year 8 continue to be taught in mixed-ability teaching groups before ‘setting’ is introduced in Year 9.

Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5

Please click on the links below for information regarding individual subjects at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 (please note information below for Key Stage 5 will be updated shortly for courses for 2019). Or alternatively, please click here​ for downloading the full Options booklet for 2018-20 Options. For Key Stage 5 information for 2019 please click here​ to direct you to our Post 16 Centre A Level course information.      The Sixth Form Prospectus for the Academic Year 2019/20 can be downloaded here.​

Key Stage 4

As they enter Key Stage 4 students will study a range of core subjects; Mathematics, English, Science and PE.   They will then have the opportunity to opt for specialist courses.  The offer will include subjects they are familiar with, such as Geography, History and Languages, as well as new courses, including Media, Photography, Construction, Textiles, Graphics, Business Studies, Computing, and Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).   Detailed information about the courses we offer at Key Stage 4 can be found in our 2018-20 Options Information Booklet​​

Key Stage 5

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.

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

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