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 News - Academic Year 2016-17
GCSE Spanish Students visit to Madrid - Summer Half Term

Over half term 25 of our GCSE Spanish students spent a busy four days exploring Madrid, accompanied by Mr Stott, Mrs Neeve, Mrs Hoyle and Miss Ingham. Here's what we got up to!​

Madrid trip Tuesday 30 May 2017.jpgAfter an early morning flight, we checked into our hostel and spent some time relaxing on the rooftop before finding a sunny spot to eat our packed lunches.  Our students'  Spanish was put to the test on a walking tour with our guide Andrés, taking in Plaza Mayor, the palace, one of the oldest restaurants in the world (Sobrino de Botín) and making a final stop at San Miguel food market where students saw some local delicacies on sale.  Following this we went to Reina Sofía gallery where the students were introduced to the peculiarities of Picasso by little-known art expert Mr Stott, before returning to our accommodation for dinner.  The paella was enjoyed by all, but opinion was divided on the natillas – a Spanish custard dessert with a biscuit on top!​

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On Tuesday we enjoyed a healthy breakfast of donuts and croissants before heading out on our first Metro journey to Santiago Bernabéu stadium.  Students had the opportunity to see the Real Madrid trophy collection, have their photo taken on the pitch, and spend their euros on overpriced socks and t-shirts in the shop.  After lunch the groups went their separate ways on the Metro challenge – each was provided with maps and money and made their own way to the Palacio de Cristal in Parque del Retiro, under staff supervision.  The groups were required to plan the journey, buy their tickets and navigate the Metro system independently, picking up useful vocabulary along the way.  The evening took us to Hard Rock Café where students ordered their meals in Spanish and burgers were enjoyed by all.

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On Wednesday morning we​ visited the impressive Palacio Real and the Royal Armoury.  We then hopped on the metro to the Parque de Atracciones theme park, where staff got soaked on the River Rapids and some of us spent a little too long queuing for the rides!  Some students also bumped into a Spanish friend who came to PGS on an exchange last year.  Our evening meal was at Museo del Jamón where students sampled traditional Spanish jamón.

On the last day after packing our cases we headed to Las Ventas bullring to learn more Madrid trip information.jpgabout the Spanish tradition of bullfighting, including a demonstration of the matador's cape passes which a few students tried their hand at.  During the festival of San Isidro in May there is a bullfight every day, and some of our students were very keen to return for the fight that evening - which the King was planning to attend!  After that we returned to the centre where students had free time to shop and buy lunch around Puerta del Sol and Gran Vía, before catching our flight home.​

For more information regarding the Modern Languages Department please visit the twitter link below.


Enterprise Department Visit to New York – Easter Holiday

39 students and 6 teachers went on the trip of a life time to New York.  All of the students were immaculately behaved and both airlines came to tell us so!  It was a frenetic trip with visits to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; a very emotional trip to the 9/11 Museum and a breath taking trip up the Empire State Building among other life changing experiences.

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We walked the length and breadth of Manhattan island taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the city that never sleeps. It really was Cultural Enterprise in action!

Many thanks to Mr Gillett, Mrs Smith, Mrs Rostern. Mrs Taylor and Miss Stokes for your enthusiasm and support. ​  

For more information regarding the Enterprise department visit to New York please visit the twitter link below.

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Tour de Yorkshire Trophies visit Penistone Grammar School


Communities across Yorkshire welcomed the official Tour de Yorkshire trophies when they went on tour earlier this this month. The trophies visited Penistone Grammar School during our Rewards Day on Friday 7 April 2017.

Both the men's and women's Y shaped trophies have been designed and made by hand at world leading trophy makers Thomas Fattorini based in Yorkshire.  In 2016, the men's trophy was won by Direct Energie's Thomas Voeckler, while Kirsten Wild of Hitec-Products took home the women's trophy.​​

Thomas Fattorini Ltd was founded in 1827 by Antonio Fattorini, an Italian speaking immigrant who settled in Yorkshire. The family run business designed and made the FA Cup in 1911, which Bradford City won that very year. The company also made the Rugby League Challenge Cup. 

  • The current director of the company, Thomas Fattorini, designed the trophies himself.
  • The Y is made of brass and copper based alloy, which has been polished and gold plated. 
  • The base of the trophy is made from aluminium, which has also been polished and chrome plated.
  • It took around three to four weeks to make, and a number of craftsmen and women were involved with its design and manufacturing. These include silversmiths, polishers and platers. 
  • Interactive maps of the race and of the host towns are all available at: 
  • Tour de Yorkshire is a Welcome to Yorkshire (WTY) / Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) race in association with British Cycling which holds a 2.1 European Tour UCI Classification.
  • The Tour de Yorkshire is an annual international race with a new route through Yorkshire each year. It forms part of the legacy of the historic Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2014.
Stage 3 of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire passed through the Penistone area, Sunday 30 April 2017.​  The race had 3 stages over 3 days. Full details can be found at:​​

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Teaching Character Through Subjects - University of Birmingham

Led by Mr J Garcia - Curriculum Area leader: Geography Specialist leader of Education

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Funded by the Department for Education (DfE), the "Teaching Character Through Subjects" project worked across England with 29 teachers from 28 state funded schools to create an innovative resource for building character within 14 subjects across the school curriculum.    The materials were developed by teachers, for teachers, and trialled in schools. 

Jubilee Centre have thanked teachers who have helped to make the Teaching Character Through Subjects project possible, including the following teachers from Penistone Grammar School ALC:  Mrs Barker, Mrs Gregory, Mr Stevenson and Mr Garcia.

Mr Garcia is one of the authors of the Geography article published in the booklet please click here for more information.

 Proud sponsors of Handicraft and Homecraft at Penistone Show

penistone show banner.jpg Penistone Grammar School Advanced Learning Centre were proud sponsors of the Handicraft and Homecraft sections at Penistone Show on Saturday the 10 September 2016.   Trophies were awarded for the best teenage entries in the Handicraft and Homecraft sections. 

Well done to all our students who entered their exhibits at the Show!


More students than ever before achieve top grades!

Penistone Grammar School Advanced Learning Centre is celebrating another set of excellent results with record numbers of students securing the top grades in their GCSEs (36% achieving 3+ A*/A grades).

Early indications put the headline figure for 5 A* to C including English and Mathematics at a minimum of 80%. Particular congratulations go to Matthew Carey (12 x A*/A); Aneurin Hughes (12 x A*/A); Helen Chen (11 x A*/A); Ellissa Drinkhill (10 x A*/A); Max Littlewood (10 x A*/A); Nikita Salt (10 x A*/A); Jessica Scarfe (10 x A*/A); Evie South (10 x A*/A); Jessica Walker (10 x A*/A),  Elizabeth Worthy (10 x A*/A)  and Amy Ives (10 x A*/A) who have achieved exceptional results. Laurence Evans, Christopher Taylor, Kaitlin Walmsley, Joseph Fryer and Katie Silverwood are also to be congratulated on the outstanding progress they have made.

The results are an indicator of how the school continues to provide a first class educational experience, with fantastic overall results including 33% of students achieving the English Baccalaureate. There is also success for individual subjects including English, Triple Science, History, Business and Textiles. Most notably however; is Mathematics, with a record number of A* grades and an overall A* to C figure of 86%.

Jo Higgins, Principal, said; "we are once again delighted with our results which are the product of hard work and dedication. All members of our school community are committed to achieving the best outcome for each and every one of our students. We are extremely proud that our students will now go on to secure places in our Post 16 Centre, their chosen college or employment and we wish them every success for the future".

Penistone Grammar School A Level Results - 18 August 2016

Penistone Grammar School Advanced Learning Centre once again celebrates excellent A Level results.  Jo Higgins, Principal, said, "we are absolutely delighted with this year's results which have seen some significant gains in the main performance indicators and are testament to the hard work of our students and dedication of our staff".  Results for PGS are 2.1% above the National benchmark for 2 facilitating subjects (subjects that enable students to gain access to top Russell Group universities).  Average points per entry has also increased, up by 6 points from 2015 (4.4 points above National benchmark).

Once again, many students have excelled in terms of their personal performance, achieving the top A* and A grades and securing places at first class universities.  In particular, congratulations go to the following students: Sam Chapman for gaining a place at Cambridge University to read Engineering at Clare College.  Sam achieved A*s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.  Phillip Carey, who secured 2 A* grades in Physics and Further Mathematics, as well as 2 A grades in Chemistry and Mathematics.  Phillip will study Engineering at Trinity Hall College, Cambridge.

The following students should also be congratulated: Jacob Hatfield (A*A*A); Chris Burkinshaw (A*A*A); Joe Webster (A*AA); Roisin Smith (A*AA); Anna Firth (A*AA); Daisy Pattison-Linighan (A*AA); Lucy Ives (A*AAB); Tom Dunkley (AAA); James Exley (A*AB); Heather Butler (AAB); Peter Gallagher (AAB); Jess Robinson (AAB) and Chloe Simon (AAB).

Results at AS were equally impressive, particularly given that this is the first year of new examination specifications.  This bodes well for the continuing strength of provision within the Post-16 Centre.  The excellent performance of the following Year 12 students was acknowledged; Meredith Gibbons (AAAAA); Jessica Hamby (AAAA); Will Middleton (AAA) and Jacob Wragg (AAA).

For information of ​​News from the Acadmic year 2015-16 pleaseclick here green.jpg