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 Zoom Under-16 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
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.