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Barnsley School Leads Way

Wednesday August 28 2013


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A BARNSLEY school is leading the way as overall GCSE standards in the borough rose for the fifth year running.

Students at Penistone Grammar celebrated the school's best-ever GCSE results with 80 per cent achieving a minimum of five Cs - including English and maths.

It means there has been a 21 per cent rise on last year and the school has improved in every subject area.

There were 88 per cent of pupils who achieved an A* to C in English, while 84 per cent received a minimum of a C in maths.

Delighted principal Jo Higgins said: "The results are amazing - they're the best set of results in the history of Penistone, and as a community we're celebrating.

"The students and staff have shown incredible hard work and commitment and they deserve it. It's just brilliant."

Barnsley Council said the proportion of pupils gaining five or more A*-C grades had increased, with more than 50 per cent of pupils meeting or exceeding national expectations for the first time.

Standards in English and maths were up most noticeably, with a 12 per cent increase in maths over the past five years. Last year's dip in English had also been reversed, with a three per cent improvement.

The council said it would continue to work with schools who had not achieved as well as expected. The aim is to bring improvements across the borough.

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Reply Posted by Fawkes on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 20:04
All this shows is $$$ talking .Lets see the grades go up in the poorer areas of Barnsley .Then we can all celebrate the improvement in the education system. However well done to to pupils all they can do is there best .

Reply Posted by Beep Beep on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 21:39
meanwhile in Darfield they get 47% and are pleased??? Eh? Typical that schools to the West do better by far then those to the East.

Reply Posted by Collet on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 22:35
Councillors and police no all about these areas, but when you can't dish out a bit of fist an booit, what these idiots deserve,what can ya do.

Reply Posted by kc on Thursday August 29 2013 at 09:50
Why does it show ££££ talking - this school receives no more funding than the other schools in the borough.
It is a fact that schools can do so much but an equal proportion is down to the encouragement and support the children get at home. If a child is brought up to respect the education system, is taught that if you work hard you get results and taught that your education is more important that anything else at this stage then they will do well in their exams
It is pure ignorance to state that ££££ talk - this school has worked hard, the students have obviously worked hard and the families of the students have obviously supported them and created children that respect their teachers and their school
Well done Penistone and all the year 11s, your success is down to you and nothing to do with what side of the borough you live in

Reply Posted by Beep Beep on Thursday August 29 2013 at 17:33
Do explain then why Shafton got 41% and Penistone nearly double. Are the kids in Penistone twice as bright? Working twice as hard? No of course not.
I agree that parents play a large part however if the schools to the east of barnsley are failing and in my mind 41% is failing, then surely steps need to be taken. Or shall we just keep ignoring the problems so that you people living in the "nicer" areas can be smug about it all?

Reply Posted by Fawkes on Thursday August 29 2013 at 17:49
Well said Beep Beep

Reply Posted by Truth on Friday August 30 2013 at 08:50
Penistone has always had a higher intake of achieving students when they enter year 7. Nearly all students who enter Penistone are achieving at least level 4 most level 5 and 6. IF all schools in Barnsley had kids at this level when they entered year 7 then their results would be better . For a long time now Penistone have achieved good GCSE results but if you look at the level of students ability when they enter year 7 they don't do too well. For the past 5 to 7 years Penistone has coasted and not stretched their students to the full potential. If a school average student ability is between 4 and 5 when entering year 7 then averaging 50% for 5 a to c grades ain't good enough. However well done to them this year 80% is an amazing score.

Reply Posted by Jim on Saturday August 31 2013 at 16:55
Actually schools in Darfield et al get more funding per head then schools in well to do areas. There is a pupil premium paid if a child qualifies for free school meals so poorer areas get more money.

It's parents and their attitudes to education that are the key factor. In done areas parents encourage their children to do well and to work hard.

In other areas the majority are so filled with a sense of entitlement that they know everything about their rights and nothing about their responsibilities. They know the value of nothing because they have never worked for it. It's all benefits and stuff on the never never from Brighthouse not hard work and savings.

That's why some areas do better because they have a better work ethic

Reply Posted by kc on Saturday August 31 2013 at 18:56
Couldn't agree more jim

Reply Posted by serenity on Saturday August 31 2013 at 19:51
Absolutely spot on Jim and instead of the council favouring Penistone, which is well known for good grades, why don't they focus on other schools with lower grades and actually get to the bottom of why these schools don't have a good performance level. Bad attendance counts towards low grades as does the many exclusions schools seem to have each year.

Bullying in another problem which one retired headmaster denied ever happening in his school a few years ago, even when faced with facts.

Teachers do not have any rights to touch children let alone punish them therefore they get away lightly. Do gooders have a lot to do with the way our education system is going down hill they seem to think everything in the garden is lovely in this country........not so is it!!!

A good curriculum would help, maths, history, geography, more informative lessons than is currently offered at the moment........obviously Penistone have one, why not other schools?