Information for Parents

This section of our website is to provide useful information for parents and carers. 

Parent Governor Opportunity on the Governing Body

Following an organisational change in the Governing Body (GB), we now have an exciting opportunity for a parent to join our Governing Body.  We are looking for applicants who have a breadth of skills that may enable them to oversee specific governor responsibilities such as Safeguarding or HR, and who may aspire to take on the role of Vice Chair or Chair at some point in the future.  In its pursuit to provide first-class support and challenge, the Governing Body are keen to ensure that it is diverse, with representation that can offer a wide range of opinions, experience, perspectives and beliefs.  As such, we would particularly welcome applications from groups that are currently underrepresented.  Applicants should note there is a requirement on occasion to take part in some governing duties during the school day as and when required.    Please click here for more information.


Road Closure Affecting the 409 Bus Service week commencing 4 November 2019

Stagecoach have advised school of the following:

Cotes Lane will be closed for approximately 2 weeks week commencing the 4 November 2019.  Therefore, the 409 service will start from Thurgoland at the slightly earlier time of 7.40 am and then pick up at Wortley.  It will then follow the diversion towards Oxspring.


Dedication Service for the RAF Centenary Bench

The Dedication Service for the RAF Centenary Bench will take place on Saturday 21 September 2019 at 11:00 at Penistone Grammar School.  A Ceremonial Flagpole, funded by the Penistone Community, will also be erected for the event and handed over as a gift to the school.

As Principal of Penistone Grammar School, I feel very privileged and proud that the area of PGS war memorial has been chosen to situate the Royal Air Force Centenary Bench. It is an honour that the school has a link to the RAF which will inspire our students to accomplish and succeed.
All members of our community are very welcome to the event and to stay for refreshments afterwards.
Please click here for further information regarding the Dedication Service

Purchase of School Uniform during the Summer Holidays

Purchase of School Uniform (excluding PE Kit)

Online direct from Wishing Well Streetguise Apparel Ltd.

Once ordered, uniform can be collected from the Wishing Well shop, or delivered to the home address (additional delivery charge will apply).

Uniform can also be purchased direct from the Wishing Well shop 9 Fountain Parade, Mapplewell, Barnsley S75 6FW

Opening Times

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 09:00 to 17:00

Tuesdays and Thursdays; 12:00 to 17:00

Saturdays; 09:00 to 14:00 (with extended opening hours in operation during the summer holidays)

Purchase of PE Kit is direct from Lisssport  Please click on the link to order PE Kit

Autumn Term Information

INSET                     Monday 2 September 2019 (school closed to students)

INSET                     Tuesday 3 September 2019 (school closed to students)

Term Starts           Wednesday 4 September    – Years 7, 10, 11 & 12  students in school

                              Thursday 5 September – All students in school


Notice of Application for a New Premises Licence
Please click here to download the Notice of Application for a New Premises Licence at Penistone Grammar School.

A Parent’s Guide to Values Driven Expectations
At Penistone Grammar School we are committed to Values Driven Education.  This means we all live by our 5 Core Values:  

Aim High, Be Determined, Be Brave, Be Supportive, Be Proud.

Please click here to download our Parent’s Guide to Values Driven Expectations.


Parent Governor Election
Dear Parent/Carer
The following persons have been elected to serve on the School Governing Body for a four year period of office:

Mrs Victoria Doolan
Mr Christopher Knight
Yours sincerely
Mr P Crook Principal


Key Stage 4 Options Evening 2018
On Thursday 1st February 2018 our Year 9 GCSE Options Evening took place.  The evening gave students and parents the opportunity to find out more information about courses from Mrs Mason Executive Director and our specialist teaching staff.   The presentation from the evening is below to download together with the Options booklet for 2018-20.


Statutory Process for the Enlargement of Penistone Grammar School
A letter  from Barnsley MBC has recently been emailed to parents/carers regarding the Statutory Process to enlarge Penistone Grammar School.

The proposal was to enlarge Penistone Grammar School from the current capacity of 1400 pupils to 1650 pupils with effect from September 2018 (implemented on a phased basis). This will mean an extra 50 places for the year 7 intake each year from 2018 onwards. ​ Please click on the link below to download the Barnsley MBC letter.

Statutory Process for Enlargemet of PGS


Ofsted Inspection Outcome
Dear Parents and Carers


We are pleased to now be able to share with you a letter from the Lead Inspector, Lee Styles, following the recent Ofsted inspection of Penistone Grammar School ALC.​

The letter confirms that we remain a ‘Good’ school and is very positive about the actions we continue to take to maintain a high standard of education for our students. 

We are extremely pleased with the report and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the ongoing support you give to your children, and to our school.

Yours sincerely

Jo Higgins – Principal                                          Paul Crook – Associate Principal

To download a copy of the letter from the Lead Inspector please  C​lick here​

National Funding Formula
At the end of last term the Government announced a reallocation from within the Education budget which freed up £1.3bn for schools. Earlier this term they announced the details of what the impact of this would be along with the New Funding Formula. 

Please click on the link below to download the letter from the Chair of Governors regarding the National Funding Formula and great news for Penistone Grammar School.



Public Transport Ticketing Options for Young People
Please see below information from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive regarding concessionary passes and tickets.


11-16 Mega Travel Pass​
Young people under 16 years old can apply for a Mega Travel pass which entitles holders to the concessionary fare of 80p on bus and tram, and half fare on trains throughout South Yorkshire.  No pass means you could pay full fare.  To apply please visit​


16-18 Mega Travel Pass​
​Young people aged between 16 and 18 years old can apply for a 16-18 Travel Pass which entitles pass holders to the concessionary fare of 80p on bus and tram, and half fare on trains throughout South Yorkshire.  No pass means you could pay full fare.  To apply please visit​entpasses​

Parent Guide to accessing support, advice & counselling service 
A Parents’ Guide to accessing support, advice and counselling service provided by 4:Thought – for parents with children aged 11 to 16 years old who are attending secondary schools in Barnsley authority. Please click here  to download the Parent Guide.


Parent Survey 2016
As part of our parental engagement strategy, each year we offer the opportunity for all parents and carers to share their views with us through our annual Parent Survey.  We believe the relationship between home and school plays a key role in providing a truly excellent educational experience for our students; your opinions are vital to us when establishing our school improvement priorities.

Thank you to  parents who completed the survey … we beat last year’s total with 476 completed returns. 

As well as publishing the results of the survey on our website we will also share the outcome with you in our January update letter.  In addition there will be a Parent Leadership Group Meeting to review the results in detail and discuss the key actions we intend implementing as a result of the survey.  The meeting will take place on 1 February 2017 from 18:00 to 20:00.   As with all our PLG meetings, attendance is open to every parent and carer.  You can register to attend via the following link:

Parent Leadership Group Meeting Link

We thank you again for your support and look forward to sharing the results with you.

Information for Parents regarding School Transport
Please click here for the link to the Travel South Yorkshire website.

11-16 MegaTravel Pass
For more information regarding the 11-16 MegaTravelPass please visit the Travel South Yorkshire website
16-18 Student Pass  
For more information regarding the 16-18 StudentPass please visit the Travel South Yorkshire website

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