Penistone Grammar School
Huddersfield Rd, Penistone
S36 7BX

Telephone: 01226 762114

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Art and Design (2XGH) – 3 places
Business Studies (2XRZ) – 1 place
Biology (2XGD) – 4 places
Chemistry (2XGF) – 4 places
Citizenship (2XGM) – 3 places
Design and Technology (2XGR) – 3 places
Design and Technology (Food) (2XRV) – 2 places
Drama (2XGP) – 2 places
English Salaried (2X84) – 3 places
English (2X83) – 4 places
Geography (2XGJ) – 4 places
History (2XGK) – 4 places
Mathematics Salaried (2XGC) – 2 places
Mathematics (2X82) – 5 places
Modern Languages (2XGL) – 2 places
Music (2XGQ) – 3 places
Physical Education (2XGS) – 2 places
Physics (2XGG) – 4 places
Primary (2XGB) – 10 places
Primary – General (With Mathematics) (353W) – 5 places
Religious Education (2XGV) – 2 places

The Penistone and Area Partnership is a fantastic place to work and learn. It provides a unique school based learning opportunity in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. This is an inspirational partnership of 12 primary schools and 5 secondary schools, many of which have achieved Good or better Ofsted ratings, as has the education programme of its partner university.

The vision, shared by all the schools, is straightforward but powerful – ‘the highest standards of education and care for all’.  We prepare our young people to be responsible and ethical global citizens.  We equip them with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will allow them to develop the creativity, resilience and tenacity to take on the challenges of growing up in the 21st century.  We try to create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers feel valued and supported.

The schools in the partnership have all worked with trainee teachers for many years and fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they can offer to a school community.  A School Direct placement with us will provide an excellent experience, fully equipping you to excel in your NQT year and beyond.
Located in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District and within easy commuting distance of Sheffield, Huddersfield and Leeds, a placement with Penistone Area Partnership offers you the opportunity to develop your practice in one of our excellent partner schools with the support of a dedicated and experienced team of staff.

As we have a diverse range of participating schools and settings within the partnership, we can offer you a wide range of teaching and training opportunities ranging from Key stages 1 to 5.  You will gain experience in the Key stage you wish to teach and have a short placement in the stages either side, confident in the knowledge that you are contributing to creating a culture where success is achievable for all.

Our School Direct Programme forms an important aspect of the professional development role of the partnership. Through School Direct, we wish to recruit, nurture and develop new and exciting talent to the profession as part of our drive to promote outstanding teaching and learning.

With a tailored in-house professional development programme and a culture of sharing best practice within and across schools, Penistone Area Partnership provides an excellent setting for School Direct.  As a result, 100% of our School Direct trainees have found employment each year.   A fantastic achievement.
Working in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University, we offer placements in primary and a wide range of secondary subjects including English, Maths and Science.

You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

As part of your School Direct training with Penistone Area Partnership you will:

Be supported by outstanding teachers within your area, have a school-based mentor and an academic tutor from Sheffield Hallam University who will be a specialist in their subject area.

Benefit from high quality sessions with other PGCE students at Sheffield Hallam University where research informed practice and the theoretical under-pinning of classroom practice will be shared and critiqued.

Take part in innovative in-school seminars throughout your training.  These sessions will introduce a different aspect of pedagogy such as lesson design, positive behaviour management and assessment for learning. Blending teaching theory and practice and delivered by the leading teachers in school, they are designed to complement your University programme of study and build to a research project of your choice to be completed in your final term.

This comprehensive training programme will lead to a PGCE which includes qualified teacher status and can be used as the first third of a post-graduate Master’s Degree, should you wish to continue with academic professional development in the early part of your teaching career.

Training Team

Amanda is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for Initial teacher training (ITT), Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) development and Mathematics.

With over 14 years of leadership experience in schools Amanda has successfully developed teachers within the mathematics department and across school through effective CPD/INSET and coaching, and is now a Professional Development Lead for the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM).
In addition, Amanda has been responsible for the development of the School Direct ITT programme since its introduction in 2012.
Amanda has qualified teacher status (QTS) and studied mathematics with education to Degree and Post Graduate Diploma level at Sheffield Hallam University.

Ian is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for Continued Professional Development (CPD) and English.

He is a former Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) with a number of years experience working with teachers and leaders at various stages of their career in order to develop their teaching and learning.

In addition Ian has been responsible for the development of the School Direct ITT programme since 2013 with specific responsibility for training programmes, pedagogy and research within the partnership.

Ian has a PGCE with qualified teacher status (QTS) and studied English to Degree and Masters level.

Lynn is the primary Lead Initial Teacher Education Co-ordinator (LITEC) for School Direct – coordinating school based training experience and overseeing the cluster.

Lynn has been responsible for the development the Primary School Direct ITT programme since 2014.

With over thirty years experience in primary education Lynn has successfully worked with teachers at various stages of their career in order to develop their teaching and learning.

Lynn has been a lead mentor with Sheffield Hallam University since 1996.

Partner Schools

Penistone Grammar School

Huddersfield Rd. Penistone S36 7BX


Lead School for Secondary
Penistone Grammar School ALC is an 11 to 18 maintained school located in the market town of Penistone. Thriving and oversubscribed for both Year 7 and Post-16, the school has strong traditions and a well established reputation. Academic achievements are consistently high at all key stages, significantly above the national average.
Education is so much more than academic success and we take great pride and pleasure in celebrating our students’ many talents and achievements. Penistone students embody the school’s 5 core values: Aim high; be determined; be brave; be supportive and be proud. As a result they are encouraged to ‘Never Stop Flying’ in school life and beyond going out into the world with the confidence to make their dreams a reality.

Penistone St John’s VA Primary School 

High St Penistone, Sheffield S36 6BS


Lead School for Primary
St John’s Primary School aims to serve its pupils and community by providing education of the highest quality. We provide a variety of enriching and stimulating learning experiences, underpinned by Christian values. As part of a global community, we encourage an understanding of the diverse meaning and significance of faith in different cultures.
Our school is a place where:
• Children and adults are engaged on a life-time’s journey of discovery and learning
• Each person is uniquely valued and their gifts and potential are nurtured and developed
• Each member of the school knows he or she belongs to our school community and accepts the responsibility of caring for one another and for God’s world
• Christian values and spirituality are at the heart of all aspects of school life
Inspired by faith and together with our parents, churches and communities, we aim to:
• Support each person to reach their full potential in body, mind, heart and spirit
• Promote a love of learning in a safe and happy school, where every person matters
• Provide a creative and challenging learning environment that promotes resilience and self-esteem
• Deliver a creative curriculum that develops independence, curiosity and persistence in all our pupils
• Prepare children for entry into the wider community by encouraging positive links between home, the school and a global society
• Foster attitudes and qualities which will enable children to become confident, caring, respectful and responsible members of that society

Honley High School

Station Rd, Honley, Holmfirth HD9 6QJ


Colne Valley High School

Gillroyd Ln, Linthwaite, Huddersfield HD7 5SP


Spen Valley High School

Roberttown Ln, Liversedge WF15 7LX


Mirfield Free Grammar School

Kitson Hill Road, Mirfield WF14 9EZ


Partner Primary Schools

Cawthorne C of E  Primary School, S75 4HB

Hoylandswaine Primary School, S36 7JJ

Marsden Junior School, HD7 6EP

Millhouse Primary School, S36 9NQ

Oxspring Primary School,  S36 8YW

Silkstone Primary School, S75 4LR

Silkstone Common Junior and Infant School, S75 4QT

Springvale Primary School and Nursery, S36 6HJ

Tankersley St Peters CE Aided Primary School, S75 3DA

Thurgoland CofE Primary School, S35 7AL

Thurlstone Primary School, S36 9RD