Welcome to the Student Transition Journey 2021

Welcome to the Penistone Grammar School Transition 2021 website. 

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be regularly updating these pages with all the key information you need before joining us in September.

Moving to a new school is a huge step for any young person. Whilst some students are full of anticipation, others may be occupied by anxiety. Whether your child forges a straight path, or if there are bumps in the road, our Transition Programme will ensure everyone is prepared and ready to take on the exciting challenge of secondary school.

We look forward to welcoming #PGSClassof2026 to our school and we can’t wait to show you all we have to offer. In the meantime, if you have any questions or queries you can either email us at transition@penistone-gs.uk or tweet us at @PGSTransition.

You can read more about our Transition journey by clicking the brochure opposite.

Message from the Principal

On behalf of students, staff and members of the Governing Body, I would like to officially welcome you to our learning community.

As parents and carers, the decision about where your children will undertake their secondary education is a significant one and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for putting your trust in Penistone Grammar School … it is a decision you will not regret.

I am incredibly proud to be Principal of Penistone Grammar School and of all that our school continues to achieve. We have a dedicated team of teaching and associate colleagues who work tirelessly to provide an excellent educational experience for our young people. I am constantly overwhelmed by the lengths our staff will go to, to ensure every one of our students can flourish.

I believe an effective, open and transparent partnership between home and school is central to delivering the best for our students. We have an innate drive to deliver nothing short of the best. This is only achieved if students, staff and parents work in close collaboration; something which we will encourage and embrace as we move forward together.

Above all, our school is a happy and welcoming place. We are a supportive community where students are encouraged and enabled to become independent, well-educated citizens with the ability and confidence to make good choices, contributing positively to the world around them. I look forward to working with you for the duration of your child’s time with us and cannot wait for us to witness together all the great things they will achieve.

Paul Crook (Principal)

Message from the Assistant Principal / Transition Lead

I am privileged to be Assistant Principal here at Penistone Grammar School. My portfolio is diverse but my main responsibilities are to have strategic oversight of our HeartSpace provision and Transition.

As an experienced practitioner and school leader, having been fortunate enough to work in three different authorities thus far; teaching and supporting students between ages 2-18, I recognise how important the Transition journey is. It is a crucial element of each young person’s life and we must get it right for them.

Whilst the Transition journey begins in year six, it continues throughout your child’s time with us at PGS  I will be there every step of the way, alongside a dedicated team, to ensure our young people have the best possible offer. Continuity of the key stage two curriculum, catch-up, nurture sessions, THRIVE approach, Achievement Leader and a dedicated Student Support Officer are amongst a few of the transition elements we provide. The package is very bespoke to individuals and we strive to continually improve and adapt our programme.

I honestly feel I have the best job in the world and I am honoured to work with such an amazing team and incredible students every day.

Mrs E Smith (PA to the Principal), the Transition team and myself work very closely to ensure our students receive the best possible Transition offer.
As a parent myself, I would like to reassure you that you will never regret your decision to send your children to PGS. It is a truly remarkable place that gives students the best possible education.

Katie Corson (Assistant Principal / Transition Lead)

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