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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.jpgPenistone 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).


Herd of Sheffield - Little Herd!                                  This summer a herd of elephant sculptures have descended on Sheffield for the biggest public herd of sheffield logo.JPGart event the city has ever seen!  This exciting initiative brought to you by The Children’s Hospital Charity and Wild in Art, businesses, communities, artists and schools, and will leave a lasting legacy for the city.

The Herd of Sheffield have been joined by smaller elephant calves, designed by local school children and teachers, which appear in herds across the city – to create the Little Herd!

Penistone Grammar School has a history of supporting the Children’s Hospital Charity our two elephants form part of the Herd of Sheffield and Little Herd this summer with the school expected to raise £500 for each sculpture.  The elephant calves are among 72 in the Little Herd  decorated by school groups. 

Our Little Herd Elephants at the Herd of Sheffield

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Mahouts Elephant Festival

Students entered designs into the school competition where six designs were selected as winners by students from the textiles club.  Those students who were selected as winners won reward points, which were added to their House team points.  The favourite parts selected from each of the six winning designs were then merged to produce one creative design.  It was clear that there was a strong Indian theme with patterns and colours so students decided to further develop the theme to reflect the Mahouts Elephant Festival.

Created by: Miss Spaven’s Textiles Club



Elephants have an important place in the history, religion and culture of many countries.  Our elephant portrays its natural habitat of beauty, which transfers into the human world.  The main body shows the elephant’s habitat, along with the prints of other wild and vivid animals, which share its true home. The face and head represent human interaction with the elephant by using shapes and colours as decorative features.

Created by: Year 9 Art Group



Budding mathematician wows judges in University maths challenge

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A 12-year old maths prodigy has succeeded in a challenge set by the University of Lincoln, UK, which was designed to test GCSE and A Level pupils from across the country.

Jack Sacks (12) attends Penistone Grammar School in Sheffield. He was named as one of seven winners in Lincoln's Mathematics Challenge 2016, hosted by the University's School of Mathematics & Physics.   read more green.jpg


Languages Department visit to Paris 2016

During the Easter holidays 46 students from Years 10 to 13 spent four days in Paris with the PGS Languages Department.  The students  took in the sights of Paris  such as the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame cathedral, as well as going on a boat trip on the Seine.

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Click on the twitter link below for more information on our very enjoyable Modern Languages visit to Paris.

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DT Textiles News - Kay Heeley Angel Couture

Kay Heeley, designer for her brand Angel Couture (designs for Strictly Come Dancing Austria and Jane Macdonald) visited the school to speak to students, show her garments and designs and inspire them.

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Dress a girl around the world project where we raised enough money to post the dresses alongside a £40.00 cheque to help with shipping costs.

After an initial request for fabrics and materials to be donated the response from teachers, parents and the local community was astonishing!  We had a fantastic donations of high quality fabrics and trimmings from Coats Craft UK which was amazing.

40 dresses were made by Textiles club and GCSE Textiles students.   or on the logo above for more information.

'Coats Crafts UK' also wrote an online blog on our students



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30 Year 9 students who are taking GCSE Textiles next year have recently started an after school project with Miss Spaven and fashion designer Debbie Wingham where they will design and make their own garment to wear at London fashion week on the runway in September of this year!