Goodbye and Good Luck!

Miss Lofthouse first came to Penwortham Girls’ in February 2019 to complete her teacher training degree. Normally, a teacher training degree would be completed by somebody who was new to the profession, however Miss Lofthouse had actually already been teaching Mathematics for five years overseas. Her experience was evident from day one and she very quickly became a key member of the Mathematics department; sharing fantastic teaching methods that she had learnt abroad and delivering outstanding lessons to all her classes. We were delighted when Miss Lofthouse agreed to stay with us for an additional year; however, this year has now come to an end and it is time to bid a very sad farewell to Miss Lofthouse.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her exceptional contribution to the Maths department. She has been an invaluable member of the team and has been an incredible support to all of her students. She will be dearly missed by us all and we sincerely hope to see her again in the future.

Goodbye and good luck, Miss Lofthouse. Thank you for all you have done!

Mrs S. Walsh, Curriculum Leader for Maths

United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Junior Mathematical Challenge 2020

At the beginning of June, the Mathematics department received an email from the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust, informing us that the recently cancelled Junior Mathematics Challenge 2020 for pupils in Years 7 and 8 would now actually be running as an online event. Following two days of frantic emails between teachers and staff, 130 pupils were provided with access details and given a chance to practice with the previous year’s paper.

On Monday 22nd June, the pupils were given their opportunity to take part in the challenge on their computers in the comfort of their own homes as opposed to the exam hall.

Many thousands of pupils from across the United Kingdom took part in the challenge and as ever, the standard of participation was high. Upon receiving our results this week, I am pleased to report that, as usual, the achievements of our pupils are of the highest order.  They are a testament to the efforts and dedication of the pupils and the support and encouragement of their teachers in (and now, of course) out of school. A significant number of pupils achieved awards in the Junior Mathematics challenge and I believe this cohort have achieved our best ever results.

This year’s prize winners are as follows:

Hannah M (Year 8) – Best in School, Best in Year, Gold Award

Molly T (Year 7) – Best in Year, Silver Award

Silver Awards also went out to the following pupils:

(Year 8) Emily H, Anna K, Mia S, Olivia W and Aaminah A.

(Year 7) Alice W.

Bronze Awards also went out to the following pupils:

(Year 8) Katie K, Zahra S, Keira-Leigh R, Maia F, Saniya P, Tilly P, Esha C and Aasiya H.

(Year 7) Sophia H, Sofia S, Gracie H, Libby W, Fatima-Zahra P, Victoria K, Lily S, Francesca C and Fatima K.

Once again, congratulations to all pupils involved.  You have all continued to set the best of standards in Mathematics. I very much look forward to seeing how well you can all do in next year’s challenges!

Mr S Cheal

The Mathematics Department

Lancashire Equality Mark – Socio-Economic Equality Badge

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We are very excited to announce that last week we achieved our third badge for the Lancashire Equality Mark! Last Friday, the school was awarded the ‘Socio-Economic Equality badge by Lancashire County Council.

The Lancashire Equality Mark is awarded to schools who ensure that they actively embed Equality throughout all their practice and enable all their students to thrive in a supportive learning community. There are six different badges to work towards, we had previously achieved the Race Equality badge and the Religion and Belief Equality badge and we are very pleased to announce that we have now also been awarded with the Socio-economic Equality Badge.

We had a virtual accreditation ‘visit’ from the council and it was a brilliant opportunity to share and discuss everything we do at Penwortham Girls’ High School to ensure that all our students feel supported and are given every opportunity for success. We are continuously looking for ways to nurture and encourage all our students and ensure that everyone in our school community has equal opportunities to learn, grow and flourish.

Miss Starkie, Teacher of English

CAT Faculty FE and HE News- Virtual Degree Shows

All around the country at this time of year, final year degree students in many Art and Design disciplines would normally be showcasing their final projects in a degree show. This would allow parents, potential employers and clients, as well as other students and visitors to see the work.

This year however, instead of people attending in person, many universities and colleges are having virtual degree shows instead – some are even interactive or available to view using VR headsets!

For those of you who may be considering taking college and university courses in an area of Art and Design, these are a great way of ‘experiencing’ what sort of final projects you might create. I still remember my final degree show (many years ago) when I studied Jewellery and 3D Design at UCLAN.  As a result of this, I was given the chance to showcase my work at New Designers in London and even at an exhibition in Brussels!

Please follow the links below to see some exciting, original and sometimes bizarre final degree projects from Art, Graphics, Textiles, Fashion, Photography, Film and media, Industrial design… the list goes on! Some are from the North West and others are from further afield.


Mrs Gornall, C.A.T. Faculty

  • Artsmark Platinum Award - Awards by Arts Council England
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider
  • International School Award
  • Artsmark Platinum Award - Awards by Arts Council England
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider
  • International School Award