South Ribble Cross Country Championships

On Saturday 18th November, we took 4 girls to the South Ribble Cross Country Championships across the muddy fields of Hutton Grammar School! Holly L (Y9) finished in 3rd place overall, Marianna N (Y9) placed 10th and Evie R finished with great determination over a tough course! Izzy E (Y7) finished 11th in her age group and deserves special commendation for finishing her race and doubling back straight away to cheer her friends on who were still running! Well done, girls! 

Mrs Finnegan

PE Department

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Christmas Family Bingo

‘Tis the season to spread joy and goodwill, and we are excited to invite you to the Penwortham Girls’ Christmas Charity Bingo Night on December 19th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the School Hall.

This festive evening promises to be a delightful celebration for our school community, bringing together students, parents, and carers for an evening of fun and camaraderie. To add to the holiday spirit, we encourage all participants to don their most festive Christmas jumpers and accessories!

Here are some details about the event:

Date: December 19th, 2023

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: School Hall

Ticket Information:

– Entry tickets are £1 per person.

– All students must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

– Bingo game cards can be purchased on the night for £1 per strip.


There will be a range of fantastic prizes up for grabs! Your participation will not only add to the merriment but also contribute to a worthy cause as all proceeds from the event will go towards our chosen Christmas charity.

Tuck Shop:

A tuck shop will be available during the event, offering delicious treats to keep everyone energized and in high spirits.

Let’s come together as a community to make this Christmas Charity Bingo Night a memorable experience. Your presence and support will make a difference, and we look forward to seeing you!

Mr McVey’s Mysterious Maths – Cricket World Cup Edition

If like me, you’ve been following the Cricket World Cup in India over the past few weeks, you’ll no doubt have enjoyed the big hitting of the batters, the skill of the bowlers and the athleticism of the fielders. Despite England’s disappointing performance, the tournament came to a climax last weekend in Ahmedabad where 100 000 spectators saw Australia beat the home team India to lift their sixth World Cup.

Not only is cricket a thrilling sport, it also involves lots of exciting maths! My challenge to you is to work out the answers to the following cricket related questions. Answers can be emailed or brought to me in person and there will be prizes for full and correct solutions. Good luck!

1)    In cricket, an over is where 6 balls are bowled by the bowler. In the World Cup final, India batted for exactly 50 overs. How many balls are there in 50 overs?

2)    Australia only needed 43 overs to reach the winning target. How many balls did they face?

*For the next 2 questions, the average used is the mean.

3)    Mohammed Shami of India was the leading wicket taker in the tournament. He took 24 wickets for 264 runs, an average of 11 runs for each wicket taken. The second highest wicket taker was Adam Zampa of Australia who conceded 506 runs at an average of 22 runs for each wicket taken. How many wickets did he take?

4)    India captain, Virat Kohli, is a hero in his home country and one of the greatest batters ever to have played the game. In the 2023 world cup (up until the final) he averaged 71.1 runs in 10 innings. After the final (his 11th innings) his average was . How many runs did he score in the final?

*Disclaimer: Some of the batting and bowling figures have been changed slightly to allow integer answers!

Mr McVey

Mathematics Department

Conditional Knowledge in Mathematics

Analysis of proficient mathematicians’ problem-solving shows that their thinking is highly organised. It draws on a well-connected knowledge base of facts, methods and strategies that have been used to solve problems with a similar deep structure before. Successful problem-solving is therefore not just an activity but an outcome of successful learning of the facts and methods and their useful combinations as strategies. Conversely, if a problem-solver does not have conditional knowledge, they are more likely to be distracted by the surface features of problems. This has implications for how problem-solving as an activity is implemented in classrooms where teachers expect students to learn how to problem-solve by problem-solving.

 Teachers could use a curricular approach that better engineers success in problem-solving by teaching:

  • the useful combinations of facts and methods
  • how to recognise the problem types
  • the deep structures that these strategies pair to

Students need to be fluent with the relevant facts and methods before being expected to learn how to apply them to problem-solving conditions.

Teaching for Mastery has been at the heart of our lessons and in the forefront of our mind when teaching mathematics and planning our five-year curriculum for coherence. We have worked hard as a department, ensuring that key facts are mastered and effective representations expose the structure of the mathematics to enable conceptual understanding. We ensure fluency by carefully planning a wide range of questions and tasks in our lessons where students need to draw on prior knowledge. Our next target is to improve conditional knowledge by embedding variation tasks into our lessons to enable pupils to make connections and improve their reasoning skills. We are also embedding mathematical thinking strategies to enable pupils to improve their problem-solving skills.

Mrs Bennett

Mathematics Department

Year 11 History Trip to France and Belgium

The 2023 France and Belgium trip was a huge success and every student got to experience life changing monuments and experiences. From exploring preserved trenches and World War cemeteries, watching the military bands performing at the last post and playing games of pool at the Munchenhof Hostel, we all had an amazing time while also displaying interest and curiosity on the historical tours of places like Theipval Memorial and the Sanctuary Wood Museum in Ypres. Before going on the trip, I was really looking forward to experiencing all of these historically significant sites and I wanted to learn more about the individual experiences of the soldiers who bravely fought during both World Wars. This is exactly what we did. I found this trip moving and I feel that I now fully understand the importance of Remembrance Day to celebrate the bravery of the soldiers who passed while serving their country. India 

There we so many Belgium chocolate shops in Bruges and I tried a real Belgium waffle with chocolate which was really good. I also got a Bruges snow globe that I’m now obsessed with. Later, we went to the medieval torture museum which was really interesting, but some of them made my skin crawl! Hannah 

During our visit to Bruges, we went shopping in the town centre. It was very beautiful and full of tourists. We also went to visit a Medieval Torture Museum with replicas of many of the torture devices used. This was very interesting to learn about and to see. Aiza

For the first 2 nights in Belgium, we stayed at the Munchenhof Hostel. This was a good experience as we had a block to ourselves meaning we could have fun socialising with friends in our rooms and could play pool in the common area. Overall, it was a fun and enjoyable experience. Anya

Visiting Sanctuary Wood and the Hill 62 Museum was incredibly impactful. I felt like I was living how the soldiers were living in those times. Even though we talk about it in class and look at pictures, it’s not the same as being there in the moment and standing where the late soldiers stood. I feel like Sanctuary Wood and the museum was one of my favourite places as it gave me a greater insight, especially all the old stereograph pictures. Bismah

Sanctuary Wood was a unique and fascinating experience. It was great to visit such a well-preserved WWI trench and be given the ability to put into perspective the lives that many soldiers had during 1914-1918. The museum attached showed well-kept pictures and artefacts found and used during the war. Overall, it created a great sense of empathy and sadness towards the people involved in the war and it was amazing to be able to visit on Remembrance Day.  Erin

Sanctuary Wood was a very special part of the trip because it showed preserved trenches from the war and it reflected how the soldiers on the front line were living. Walking in the trenches showed how much they fought for us in the war. We also observed a 2-minute silence during our visit to the Sanctuary Wood and we conveyed our respects to the soldiers at the front line. Mariyah

We visited Essex Farm which was where soldiers were taken from the trenches when they got injured and is also where the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ was written. We also visited a cemetery where the youngest person known to go to war was buried; he was 15 years old and had lied that he was 18. Sophie

Our visit to Ypres was great fun. We got to go and explore the town centre and experience local foods. There were many chocolate shops which is something Belgium is known for. The sweet treats did not disappoint!   Alexis

Upon our second day in Belgium, we visited the atmospheric and beautiful city of Ypres! We had our own free time to spend in the market square, and we saw the impressive architecture of St Martin’s cathedral. Me and friends had lunch in a friendly Italian, and bought some authentic Belgium chocolate from a traditional chocolatier in the square! Mya

In Ypres, we stopped for lunch and had a walk around the town centre. Many of us bought some chocolate and had food from some of the local shops. We came back to Ypres later and attended the Menin Gate ceremony. Gemma

The ceremony at Tyne Cot was very beautiful because all the people there were in silence, paying respect to the soldiers that died in the war. There was music being played while we stood. It was amazing to be part of such a beautiful moment. Mia  

As we approached Tyne Cot, it was emotional for some as we thought about all the people who fought for their country. We were handed a piece of paper with a person who fought in the war on and had to locate where they were in the cemetery. Once we found it, we placed the writing down next to the gravestone and payed our respects to all the soldiers who fought for their country. Tyne Cot is a symbolic and special place for many people. Ella 

Tyne Cot Memorial was a British memorial that contained the names and graves of over 11,000 servicemen of the First World War. We were given the task to find a grave and place a profile and picture of the person in front of their grave. The majority of the graves were placed in rows, but towards the centre the graves were placed where the men died. It was an emotional experience as we got to look around the memorial and look at the ages that soldiers died and their backgrounds. Charlotte

Whilst we were at our visit to Tyne Cot, the British Ambassador was there. We watched the ceremony take place where the different groups of soldiers and cadets marched through playing instruments of military music. They then saluted and paid their respects in the centre of the cemetery with a crowd around them. Freya

During the visit to the Tyne Cot cemetery in Belgium, we all had information about different soldiers who died in the war and were instructed to place their information with a portrait of them next to their gravestone. Whilst doing this, there was also a mini ceremony with many people who came to pay their respects, including the Royal family of Belgium. Overall, it was an interesting and sentimental experience. Ismah

It was amazing to see the different military branches come together to remember the fallen from the First World War at Tyne Cot. Hundreds of people came from the local area and further away. Isobelle

Langemark cemetery was a very different experience from the other cemeteries. It was very saddening to see how many Germans were left in the same grave. The most heart-breaking fact was the large pit that 30,000 Germans were put in. Victoria

Witnessing the Last Post Ceremony was extraordinary. The ceremony pays tribute to those who lost their life due to war, and many people had the opportunity to lay a wreath. There were lots of instruments being played including brass instruments and a violin. It was a very sentimental ceremony and made everyone see the power of unity. Everyone was there for one reason and showed respect. Vanika

The wreath laying at the Menin Gate was really enjoyable because I have never experienced it before and it was a big honour for me personally. I had a great time watching all the bands marching through. Seeing the support from my friends and people around me, made it even more enjoyable. Sai

During the evening on our second day, we were able to attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. I was fortunate enough to lay a wreath during the ceremony which was a huge privilege and a very special way to pay our respects as a school to the soldiers who lost their lives. This was an emotional event surrounded by soldiers, veterans and many other people who may have lost loved ones in wars, so this opportunity is one I am very grateful for and feel very lucky to have experienced.  Lily

I felt honoured to be able to stand by such well respected veterans of the armed forces and first responders from all over the world on such a monumental day. It was awe-inspiring to see people from every walk of life and people from all over the world celebrate those who fought so bravely and sacrificed so much for the freedom of others. The ceremony at the Menin Gate will forever hold a special place in my heart as both a commemoration and a time of mourning for those we lost and for that I will forever be thankful. Alex 

The German cemetery was a key experience because it showed the different layout and the approach they chose to take. The difference between the Tyne Cot cemetery is how they have gravestones in the shape of a square and laid flat. They had a statue of 4 men which was very moving and there are 30,000 people buried in a pit. Maisie

When we visited the German Cemetery ‘Langemark’, everyone was really struck by how different it was to the British, French, Belgian and Canadian places of remembrance we’d already visited. The graves were marked with multiple names that only bore their date of death. Furthermore, the monument that depicted four German soldiers grieving their comrades, brought to heart the cruelty of the war and the mass amounts of suffering that both sides encountered.     Alice W

Newfoundland Park was a fascinating experience and one of my favourite parts of the whole trip. We had a tour around the battlefield and walked through the remains of some trenches. It was incredibly interesting and eye opening and I’m very grateful to have had the chance to see it. Izzy

The Thiepval Memorial is an enormous and imposing structure, filled with all the names of the British soldiers whose bodies were never found. It was surreal to see just how many people had passed away, and how many families would have suffered because of it. It was beautiful to see they will be remembered and respected forever. Ellie

The Theipval monument to the missing soldiers was a shocking sight to see. 72,000 soldiers that after the war hadn’t been seen or found are named on the monument. The magnificent structure shows the impact that their help had on our country and that they won’t be forgotten. it really made us understand the importance of each and every member of our army and the sacrifices made to be what we are today. Freya

Visiting the Thiepval Memorial was a heart-breaking experience; seeing over 72,000 names engraved upon the walls was devastating. The stories we learnt about of some of the soldiers were interesting but also upsetting. Overall, the experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m grateful for those who fought for us and sadly died. Lucy

The Holiday Inn in Arras was a ten out of ten experience!  Everyone was so kind and we had such an enjoyable time there. Not to mention the incredible breakfast. Overall, the best hotel I have visited! Layla

For our final night, we went to a restaurant called “Caesar Saveurs”, where we enjoyed an entrée, main and dessert. The dinner had options for vegetarians and we were all satisfied with the food. For a starter, we had an egg salad garnished with greens and different sauces. For the main, we had burgers with chips, or pasta with vegetables as the vegetarian option. For dessert, we had chocolate cake with ice cream. Overall, the food, atmosphere and service were very lovely, as the waiting on staff were happy to accommodate when asked to bring out a special piece of cake and take song suggestions as we were celebrating my birthday. They then joined in with dancing and adding to the lively atmosphere already created. Lara

The Wellington tunnels were amazing to see. We learnt a lot whilst there about the war, and it really made us think about how the soldiers suffered terribly. Keisha

Our battlefields trip to Belgium and France was enjoyed by students and teachers alike, as the whole group visited numerous sites and were educated about the trials and triumphs of the First World War. In Belgium, we had the opportunity to pay our respects to the fallen soldiers of all nationalities at Tyne Cot, Langemark, and the Menin Gate. Some of our classmates took part in the honour of laying a wreath in remembrance. We were also given the opportunity to explore the cultural centres of Bruges and Ypres, where we shopped, visited monuments and ate the local cuisine! The success and enjoyment of the trip was entirely due to the efforts of the teachers who accompanied us, and the trip has created long-lasting memories for the whole group. Libby

Mr Herbert

Curriculum Leader for History

GCSE Awards Evening

On Thursday 16th November, we welcomed our Class of 2023 at our GCSE Awards Evening to celebrate their success. Prizes were awarded for exceptional achievement, notable effort, determination and progress. Thank you to Kate Lund, former Head Girl and student for presenting our prizes to the girls and delivering such an inspiring and moving speech. The following students received subject prizes and special awards:



The Trophy for Artistic Excellence

Josephine R

Outstanding Progress and Effort (Art) 

Jessica L

Outstanding Progress and Effort (Photography) 

Elijah K



The Computing and ICT Award for

Outstanding Progress and Effort (Creative Media Production)

Beth A



The Enid Eaton Memorial Trophy for English

Sakina A

Outstanding Progress and Effort (English)

Isla W

Outstanding Progress and Effort (Drama)

Aoifa C



The Dunscar Trophy for Achievement in Geography

Isabel B and Rebecca S

Outstanding Progress and Effort

Isla B



The Patricia Jones Cup for History

Joudy A

Outstanding Progress and Effort

Isobel C


The Mathematics Cup

Hana M

Outstanding Progress and Effort

Electra F



The Russell Family Cup for Languages

Elijah K

The Richard Pye Award for Outstanding Progress and Effort in German

Sandra H

Outstanding Progress and Effort in French

Louise P-R



The Emma MacDougall Trophy for Achievement in Music

Isabel C

Outstanding Progress and Effort

Stevie M



The Hewetson Cup for Outstanding Contribution to School Sport

Lola U (PE)

Grace K (Dance)

Sana A (Health & Social Care)

Outstanding Progress and Effort 

Isla B (PE)

Erin C (Dance)

Stephanie M (Health & Social Care)



Exceptional Achievement in Religious Education Trophy

Maryam M

Outstanding Progress and Effort

Isabella W


The Angela Ball Award for Science

Issy H

Outstanding Progress and Effort in Science Combined

Bethany G

The Dame Sue Ion Physics Award

Hana M

Outstanding Progress and Effort in Physics

Amy B and Naomi J

The Dame Nancy Rothwell Biology Award

Lauren C

Outstanding Progress and Effort in Biology

Jess B

The Dorothy Hodgkin Chemistry Award

 Tilly P

Outstanding Progress and Effort in Chemistry

Hana S


The University of Central Lancashire Trophy for Technology

Maddison T

Design Technology: Outstanding Progress and Effort

Isla B

Food Preparation and Nutrition: Outstanding Progress and Effort

Ella N


Headteacher Award for Resilience and Endeavour

Rebecca S


Headteacher Award for Curiosity

Bethany G


Headteacher Award for Compassion

Bridget C-S


Headteacher Award for Ambition

Hana S


Headteacher Award for Dignity

Dionne D


Headteacher Award for Social Responsibility

Maarya B


The Karen Pomeroy Award for Service to School

Olivia S


The Governors’ Cup for Excellent Attendance

Katie K and Stevie M


The Joan Fitz-Gibbon Award for Outstanding Effort

Grace K


The Joanne Sanderson Memorial Trophy

Sakina A


The Melissa Smith Memorial Trophy

Mariam M


The Beverley Yates Memorial Award

Stephanie M


The Charlotte Bates Award for Outstanding Achievement

Charlotte B

Mr Ramsdale

Senior Assistant Headteacher

Year 7 South Ribble Football Champions!

On Thursday 9th November, our Year 7 Football team travelled to Leyland St Mary’s High School to participate in the Year 7 Girls Football Competition. 

They played 6 games, won 4, drew 2 and didn’t concede a goal! 

We were so impressed with their efforts, enthusiasm, skill and determination on a very cold and wet November evening. They finished as winners – South Ribble Champions! A fantastic team effort from our PGHS lionesses! Well done to all our players – Seren, Hannah, Lani, Ellouise-May, Bella, Ella, Darcey, Lily and Tess. Shout-out to our goal scorers – Lani, Bella and Ellouise-May. 

Mrs Tompson

PE Department

Rock Facts

The department has had a special request this week from Mrs Snowdon, who professed her secret love of rocks, and wanted some interesting facts that she can wow her family, friends and colleagues with. Here are a few to get you going Mrs Snowdon…

The oldest rocks on Earth, called zircons, are about 4.4 billion years old. They were discovered in Western Australia and provide a glimpse into our planet’s early days.

Geologists use the Mohs scale, which was set up in 1812 to measure how hard a rock is. The higher the number, the harder the rock. Diamond, the most famous gem and the hardest material on Earth, is a 10 on the Mohs scale.

Certain types of rocks, like gypsum can grow over time. This happens when mineral-saturated water evaporates, leaving behind mineral deposits that accumulate and form rock.

Some rocks float! Pumice, a type of igneous rock, can float on water. This is due to its unique formation process, which involves rapid cooling and depressurization of gas-rich magma, creating a rock filled with air bubbles.

The colours inside some rocks and minerals have been used by artists for thousands of years. For example, the powder of a mineral rock called cinnabar makes a brilliant red colour that was widely used in art in the Middle Ages.

And finally, to link it back to English, there are slightly different words that we often interchange (and use wrongly!) when talking about this subject…

Mineral – A naturally occurring solid compound with an orderly internal structure.

Rock – An exposed section of the Earth’s crust that is made up of minerals.

Stone – A piece of rock.

Mineraloid – Naturally occurring but non-crystalline solid compound, (e.g. obsidian for all you Minecrafters out there).

Mr Bowles

Curriculum Leader for Geography

Year 7 Weather Forecasting

Another bumper batch of Bob the Boulder assignments have recently been submitted by Year 8. Although over the years the method for assessing these has evolved, the core of the project has remained the same – the journey of a river from source to mouth as observed by the title character. Starting high in the upland areas of the UK and observing landforms like v-shaped valleys, waterfalls and meanders on the way, rivers are a vital part of our landscapes.

Below is a selection of the work on display on the Humanities corridor. Come along one break or lunchtime if you want a closer look. 

Mr Bowles

Curriculum Leader for Geography

  • 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