Parent / Carer Information
Although public transport is outside the school’s jurisdiction, staff will always be available to support students in any way they can.
Most of our students travel to school by bus. We recommend students take time to check which is the best bus to catch, and whether there are any alternatives should their “Plan A” fail (for example, a bus breaks down or doesn’t turn up). Even if students have caught the bus before, it is still worthwhile checking that the times and the route haven’t changed. There is lots of information, including a ‘Your First Journey’ video on the Travel South Yorkshire website: https://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/en-gb/journeyplanning/school-travel
Students are eligible to apply for a travel pass which will entitle them to receive a concessionary fare on buses, trains and trams in Barnsley and South Yorkshire. The concessionary fare for students traveling to school is 80p with a valid Megatravel Pass or 16-18 Travel Pass. Students without a concessionary pass will be required to pay full fare. Further information is available via the above link.
If you think your child may be entitled to free travel, information regarding Zero Fare Passes can be obtained from the School Transport Section, Directorate for Children Families and Young People, who can be contacted via telephone on 01226 773584. Applications are via Barnsley Council’s website: https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/children-families-and-education/schools-and-learning/school-travel/zero-fare-pass-for-travel-to-school/.
As an alternative to buses, students can also travel to school via train. The closest train station is Penistone Train Station which is a 20-minute walk to the school. You can access the train timetable via www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com
Our uniform policy allows every member of our school to feel equal, irrespective of their background. By wearing the school uniform, our students feel smart, professional and prepared not only for their learning, but for the world of work. When students wear their uniform with pride, they represent our school positively in the local community and beyond.
Available in short (16”/40cm) or long (19”/48cm) length at a cost of £7.50, our tie comes in 5 colours, each of which represents a House. Students must always wear the correct tie and keep this in good condition with no accessories attached to it. We may ask students to replace their tie if it has been pulled, damaged or graffitied.
Eco-friendly blazers are available in junior sizes (28” to 36”) at £27.50, and adult sizes (38” to 50”) at £35.00. Students must always wear their blazer when in the school building except for break and lunchtime when they will be permitted to remove it. Students are not permitted to wear a jumper or cardigan under their blazer; the sleeves should not be pushed or rolled up. In hot weather we will operate ‘no blazer’ days. Students will be notified of this via tannoy announcement daily.
Skirts and Trousers
Students are required to wear black trousers or a black skirt. For those choosing to wear a skirt, this must of a reasonable length and preserve the dignity of the wearer at all times (no more than 2.5”/5cm from the knee and of a style and shape that retains its length when moving). A variety of skirt styles are permitted including box pleats, A-line, pencil and skater. Black or white socks or black tights are to be worn with skirts. In terms of trousers; leggings, jeans and corduroy are not permitted.
Students are required to wear a white shirt under their blazer. Long and short sleeves are acceptable. The shirt must be long enough to be tucked into the trousers or skirt all the way around the waist. Shirts must be buttoned up to the collar with the tie clipped on. Long-sleeved and/or coloured t-shirts are not permitted under school shirts.
Students must wear formal, smart, black leather, suede or patent shoes to school with no visible branding (including sporting logos). Trainers of any description are not permitted including black leather trainers without markings. Boots (defined as anything that touches or comes above the ankle bone) are not accepted. Black ballet pumps should be plain black without any accessories, such as studs, bows or flowers.
Accessories, Hair and Make-up
Belts must be black with plain buckles; decorative buckles of any description are not be permitted. Hair accessories (such as bows, flowers and wide bands) are not permitted; however, thin Alice bands are. We do not allow extreme hairstyles. Students are permitted to wear subtle make-up limited to foundation, tinted moisturiser, concealer and mascara (make-up will not be classed as ‘subtle’ if it leaves a mark on the collar of the student’s shirt). False eyelashes are not permitted. Henna is only acceptable if it has been applied for religious purposes (please ensure your child has a note in their planner if this is the case). Students are not permitted to wear nail varnish, acrylic or false nails. In terms of jewellery, students can wear one pair of stud earrings (an earring in each ear; stretcher-style earrings are not permitted), and a watch. For health & safety purposes all jewellery must be removable for PE.
Students are required to wear our school Adidas PE kit which comprises of a red shirt at £15.50, black shorts at £9.70 (both available in sizes 9-10yrs up to 2XL) and black socks (available in sizes 10.5 junior to 8.5 adult) at £5.50. Students are permitted to wear plain black ‘skins’ beneath their kit which can be purchased from any supplier.
Uniform Purchase online direct from our supplier Vortex at www.vortexschoolwear.co.uk. In previous years, uniform can be tried on in their shop at 2 & 3 Grange Lane, Industrial Estate, Carrwood Road, Stairfoot, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71 5AS but this will be dependent on COVID-19 restrictions.
Purchase online direct from our supplier Liss Sport at www.lisssport.co.uk/penistonegschool. Once ordered, uniform will be delivered to your home address (additional delivery charges will apply).
* All prices correct as of 22 June 2021 but may be subject to change.
So we can support our students to become organised, resilient learners, we expect them to arrive at every lesson equipped for learning. The planner is central to all we do at Penistone Grammar School. Students will be provided with their planner either at the start of the school year or at the point of admission.
In addition, students are required to have a basic set of equipment stored in a pencil case (for students in years 10 and 11, the pencil case must be transparent to meet examination requirements) as follows: blue or black pens; red pen; green pen; pencil; eraser; ruler; calculator (Casio FX-83GTX or Casio FX-85GTY - the latter has a solar panel to support battery life); 360˚ protractor; maths set (including a compass); whiteboard pens; glue stick; earphones with a 3.5mm connector; PE kit (for PE).
All of these (with the exception of the PE kit and earphones) can be purchased from our school shop. Students may also choose to bring the following equipment for excellence: highlighters, fine liners, pencil sharpener.
Cashless Payments / Parent Pay
We are a cashless school and encourage all payments to be made via our online payment facility, ParentPay.
ParentPay is easy to use and gives you the freedom to make payments at a time that is convenient to you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, totally eliminating the need to send cash into school. Payments for everything from topping up school dinner accounts and music lessons, to school trips, can be made using the ParentPay secure website.
ParentPay offers the highest levels of security with no card details stored on the system or shared with the school. You will receive your ParentPay password before your child joins PGS. More information can be accessed online via the ParentPay website: www.parentpay.com.