Penistone Grammar School

Huddersfield Road, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 7BX

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About us

Penistone Grammar School Post-16 Centre is thriving. With our A Level provision now ranked as one of the top nationally, there has never been a better time to join us and begin your journey towards securing a successful and fulfilling future.

We have record numbers of students applying to study with us, selecting subjects from a wide range of A Level qualifications in areas including the Arts, Computing, English, Mathematics, Humanities, Languages, Science, Sport, Social Sciences, and Technology.

We ensure all our students have the opportunity to excel. Through carefully crafted packages of study we are able to secure results that are outstanding. On average, our students out-perform their peers nationally, achieving grades that far exceed that which their expected progress would indicate (A Level Value Added). The proportion of students who achieve the top grades is equally as impressive, with over 70% of all grades secured being A* to B.

We make your future success our priority and pride ourselves on the proportion of our students who are able to secure their first choice university place (92% in 2019). This includes those students progressing on to Russell Group universities and universities which are in the top third nationally (over four-times the average nationally in 2019).

Our personalised approach to learning and support ensures that even if you are a student who is applying to join us from another school, you will settle quickly into a fulfilling Post-16 experience. We will give you access to excellent facilities, teaching of the highest quality and a support structure which will ensure a successful future is inevitable. Above all, we will encourage you to get the most from your Post-16 experience and ensure it is one that you will remember for the rest of your life.

What makes us different?

We believe that your Post-16 experience extends beyond the classroom and we will strive to provide you with all the opportunities which, if embraced, make success inevitable. As well as access to first class teaching facilities, our Post-16 Centre includes a large common room area in which to relax and work, a dedicated ICT suite which provides you with all-day access to internet-linked computers and a café which is open throughout the day serving hot and cold food and drinks.

Enrichment Enrichment is a central part of what we do at Penistone. Not only will it form a key part of any UCAS application, signing up for the various enrichment programmes on offer will also develop your self-confidence, skills and leadership qualities. We have a range of opportunities available which include a student union and the chance to participate in a variety of sports teams, music and drama productions, work experience, the World Challenge and Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Tutor Programme

It’s no secret that A Levels are very different to GCSEs. Our bespoke tutor programme, based around the VESPA (Vision, Effort, Systems, Practice and Attitude) A Level mindset initiative, enables you to unlock the skills and attributes within you that you need to succeed. During tutorials there will also be a real focus on preparing you for life after Post-16. This will include careers guidance, where you will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers, higher apprenticeship providers and attend UCAS and apprenticeship fairs. We also offer specialised support for a variety of career paths including Oxbridge Medicine, Engineering, Teaching and Nursing.

Work Experience

We recognise the value universities and apprenticeship providers place upon work experience. As a year 12 student you will complete a one-week work experience programme in a workplace of your choosing. You will be encouraged to use the careerplanning tools within UNIFROG to help you to choose a suitable placement and will be supported to secure a work placement across a variety of fields. We will also encourage you to complete additional work experience and university engagement, often as part of the enrichment programme, or as a summer school or taster event. We know that by creating and facilitating opportunities across your two-year journey with us, you will be in the strongest possible position to move on to your next step beyond 18.

As a Post-16 Student at Penistone Grammar School, we guarantee we will provide the climate you need to succeed.