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Key Stage 3

All students follow a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 3.  In Year 7 students are taught in mixed-ability teaching groups for all lessons, with smaller groups in Mathematics, PE, Technology and Art.  All Year 7 students will participate in 'Bright Sparks' lessons, which incorporate English, Literacy, Geography and History, delivered by one teacher for 14 hours per fortnight.  Our Bright Sparks provision has been commended by Ofsted for not only delivering excellent student outcomes, but for also developing the independent learning skills, team work, presentation and enquiry skills that provide a foundation for success both academically and in later life.

In Year 8 and 9, students will be taught English, Geography, History and Enterprise as discrete subjects and some students will be given the opportunity to study a second language.  Students in Year 8 continue to be taught in mixed-ability teaching groups before 'setting' is introduced in Year 9.

Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5

Please click on the links below for information regarding  individual subjects at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. 

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Key Stage 4

As they enter Key Stage 4 students will study a range of core subjects; Mathematics, English, Science and PE.   They will then have the opportunity to opt for specialist courses.  The offer will include subjects they are familiar with, such as Geography, History and Languages, as well as new courses, including Media, Photography, Catering, Construction, Textiles, Graphics, Business Studies, Computing, and Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).   Detailed information about the courses we offer at Key Stage 4 can be found in our 2017-19  Options Information Booklet

Key Stage 5

We have an excellent Post-16 Centre.  Many of our students choose to stay with us and study subjects from the wide range of A Levels on offer including Psychology, Sociology, Government & Politics, Theatre Studies and Further Mathematics.

For further information about the curriculum studied at Penistone Grammar School please contact enquiries@penistone-gs.uk.