Barnsley Chronicle 5 March 2021


What have we been reading?

We’re missing seeing our students at PGS but reading is helping us to relax and get through this time. Check out our video to see what we’ve been reading!

We’d love to hear about what you’ve been reading too!

Share your reading photos with us on Twitter @PGSALC

Stay safe everyone!


Doctor’s Show – City Varieties Music Hall

29 January 2020
Team History visited City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds for the performance of the Doctor’s Show.

Our  History students enjoyed a very informative production with lots of learning

Club  100 Awards

Wednesday 24 January 2020
Congratulations to all the students who received a Club 100  award for term 1!  How many more of you will receive an award for term 2?

Year 9 Options

Year 9 Options Evening
Thursday 16 January 2020

Amazing turnout for our Class of 2020 Options Information Evening … thank you to all who came along!  You can contact us with your option-related queries via

We Will Rock You Auditions

We Will Rock You
Auditions from 8 January 2020

The three fantastic evenings of auditions for We Will Rock You – VPA production this week have been an absolute delight. Thank you to all of our wonderful, talented students who came along to audition.

Charity Christmas Hamper Appeal

Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity
Christmas Hampers

Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity is close to the heart of all at PGS.  At Christmas we deliver hampers for the staff who work tirelessly at the hospital and Embrace Transport.

A massive thank you to all students, parents/carers and staff who contributed to our Christmas Hamper Appeal this year from Mrs Booker Lead Head of House and Mr Gillett Assistant Principal of Inclusion

Shakespeare  Schools  Festival

Henry V
Theatre Royal Wakefield 5 November 2019

Featured the PGS Drama Ambassador Cast
An excellent night of theatre performing Henry V as part of
2019 Shakespeare School Festival

Thank you to all the cast & everyone who attended this tremendous production of Henry V
Please click here to download a copy of a letter of congratulations from the SSF Facilitator and Director Jim Mangenello

Community  Christmas  Dinner

Wednesday 19 December 2019
A lovely afternoon spent with elderly members from our local community enjoying Christmas Dinner, hosted, served and entertained by our students.   It was wonderful to welcome so many members to our school at this special time of year.

Celebration Evening 2019

Post 16 Leavers Celebration Event and Year 11 Leavers GCSE Celebration Evening
Wednesday 18 December

Congratulations to our Y11 and Y13 Class of 2019

A great celebration event and Congratulations to all of you on your success

PGS Christmas Jumper Day
Friday 13 December 2019

The PGS Christmas Jumper non-uniform was held on Friday 13 December with  £1 donations going to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
A big thank you to Students and staff  who wore Christmas Jumpers on the day or  chose to wear something else with a Christmas element!

Post 16 Open Evening

Thursday 22 November 2019
A busy evening at our P16 Open Evening, attended by amazing students considering taking A Levels at one of the top providers Nationally.
Feedback  from parents who found this an inspirational evening with teachers who spoke passionately about their subject.

Remembrance Service

Penistone Grammar School
Friday 8 November 2019
Thank you to all who attended the Remembrance Service and made this event possible.  Such an important event in our school calendar.

Henry V Music Festival

Shakespeare’s School Theatre
Tuesday 5 November 2019

PGS Drama Students performed Henry V at the Shakespeare’s School Theatre.  Such an amazing achievement by our students, it was a brilliant night,  thank you to you all for making this possible and to everyone who supported the event.

Dedication Service for the RAF Centenary Bench

The Dedication Service for the RAF Centenary Bench took place on Saturday 21 September 2019 at Penistone Grammar School.  A Ceremonial Flagpole, funded by the Penistone Community, was erected at 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.

Members of our community also attended the event.

Dedication Service for the RAF Centenary Bench

PGS Post 16 Students receiving their A Level Results August 2019

A Level Success at Penistone Grammar School P16 Centre

Students at Penistone Grammar School smash it once again and secure results in the top 10% of the Country!

Students at Penistone Grammar School are celebrating as they secure some of the best A Level results in the school’s history.

“Our students are amazing and work incredibly hard. These results are a real testament to the commitment they have shown not only to their studies, but to embracing life as members of our fantastic Post-16 Centre, we are extremely proud of each of them. We are also incredibly grateful to our staff who are dedicated to achieving nothing short of the best for our students, and to parents and carers for their unwavering support of their children and our school”.   Paul Crook, Principal

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: Olivia Allen (A*AA) who goes on to read Geography and Adam Wood (A*A*A*A*) reading Engineering, both at Cambridge (Homerton College), Anna Turnbull (A*AA) reading Medicine at Liverpool and Lucy Stephenson-Brown (A*A*B) reading Medicine at Leicester.

The school expects 92% of students to secure their university place of choice, with around half of those at Russell Group Universities (over four times the National Average).

Once again, many students have achieved excellent results including Jacob Darby (AAA) reading Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield University; Harry Davis (A*A*A*A) reading Chemistry at Bristol; Emily Smeaton (A*AA) reading Geography with Environmental Maths at Leeds University; Jacob Gill (A*A*AB) reading Mathematics at Warwick; Elissa Healey (A*AA) reading Physics with Astrophysics at Manchester; Nicole Collingwood (A*AB) reading Psychology at York; Georgina Treece (A*AB) reading Psychology at Liverpool.

In addition to those progressing to university, a number of students have secured prestigious positions on apprenticeship programmes including Cameron Skipper who will study a degree-level apprenticeship with Sheffield University.

In a year when the top grades for A Level have fallen to their lowest level in more than a decade Nationally, this was not the case at Penistone Grammar School, with 70% of the grades achieved being A* to B.

“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”.    Nick Stevens, Assistant Principal

If anyone was in doubt about whether Penistone is the right place to study, this year has secured the centre as one of the top providers in the Country, making success for future students inevitable. Whether you want to study Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, English, Geography, Maths, Further Maths, Government & Politics, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology or Sociology (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 – 15 August 2019


GCSE Success at Penistone Grammar School

Following on our A Level success, students at Penistone Grammar School continued the trend of strong results, with over one-third of students achieving the top grades (3 or more Grade 9 to 7).

Particular congratulations go to Jack Sacks (7×9,1×8), Lili Sturgeon (5×9, 4×8), Thomas Bridges (6×9, 2×8, 1×7), Sophie Walker (6×9, 2×8, 1×7), Henry Pritchard (5×9, 3×3, 1×7), Laurel Claydon (4×9, 3×8, 2×7), Jake Fitzgerald (4×9, 3×8, 2×7), Caitlin Sammon (4×9, 3×8, 2×7), Laura Ackerley (3×9, 3×8, 3×7), Lili Hensby (3×9, 5×8, 1×7), Bradley Firth (2×9, 3×8, 4×7) and Charlotte Sanderson (1×9, 3×8, 5×7) who have all achieved exceptional results.

The results are an indicator of how the school continues to provide a first-class educational experience, with the following students making progress that is more than double that of their peers nationally: Ewan Hutcheson; Amy Greenwood; Jake Fitzgerald; Amber Hollingsworth; Abbi Ruston-Jones; Henry Pritchard; Angus Dimelow; Sam Smeaton; Iestyn Hughes.

“All members of our school community are committed to achieving the best outcomes for each and every one of our students. We are extremely proud of our school, its students, and all that it continues to achieve.  It is fantastic that this year, record numbers of our young people will secure places in our Post 16 Centre.

Paul Crook Principal – 22 August 2019

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