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 Grammar School deadline approaches for A Level students (article published in Barnsley Chronicle 15/01/2016)


Grammar School deadline approaches for A Level Students

Next year's 'A' Level students hoping for a place at Penistone Grammar School's high performing post 16 department need to have their applications in by February 5, it has been announced.

The school's record on post 16 exams has been improving in recent years and last August's results put it among the top ten per cent of performers in the country, meaning demand for the 300 available places is likely to be high.

Penistone has a largely academic curriculum and changes to the way exams are set mean A Levels have become increasingly challenging for students, but despite that the school has found itself near the top of the national league table.

Principal Jo Higgins said the school welcomed applications from those who had studied GCSEs elsewhere, with several recent head boys and girls having a background outside the grammar school.

"It is highly competitive because we have a limited number of places," she said.

Their post-16 department is continuing to

develop and they are in the process of setting up a partnership with Greenacre School, which has pupils with special educational needs.

The objective is to find common ground which provides benefits for students at both establishments.  We will have some of their post 16 students going into Penistone, the first thing we will do is organise some sporting activity so they can socialise," she said.

The partnership should give the opportunity for students "to show the best side of themselves," she said.

"It is about collaboration.  Our students will get a lot out of working with students that have more challenging needs," she said.  In addition to that, Penistone Grammar School's post 16 students are heavily engaged in charity work and have an active students' union.

Application details are available through the grammar school's website and the school can be contacted by telephone by anyone interested in a September course.


Article published in the Barnsley Chronicle Friday 15 January 2016