Take Over Challenge

As it has been National Anti-Bullying Week learners at Darton College engaged in a Take Over Challenge activity during a lunch time this week. This gave the learners an opportunity to share their views about bullying.  We had some fantastic observations and ideas shared with us which will set up an agenda for an anti-bullying initiative.  This was done in conjunction with activities completed in form time all week.  The tasks were taken seriously by the learners and it really showed how our young people are willing to stand together against bullying.



Proud of Barnsley Awards 2015


Congratulations to Jason Clark 7JSH, who won a prize in the Proud of Barnsley Awards last week. Jason won his prize in the ‘Young Superstar’ category for his hard work fundraising for Greenacre School.

The video of him can be viewed here:-


Jason is now planning his new fundraising activity – donations and further information can be found through the following link – http://suportthenoun.webs.com/

Well done Jason



Year 8 Parents Evenings


Year 8 Parents’ Evenings will take place on Thursday 26th November 4.30pm – 7.30pm (Form Groups JAV, LHE, TBA, PAC, WOL and JEL) and Thursday 3rd December 4.30pm – 7.30pm (Form Groups MCL, LOW, NTO, and MWI.

A letter with booking instructions has been handed to learners and emailed home to parent/carers.

To view the letter and instructions please click on the link here – Letter/Booking Instructions

Please do not hesitate to contact the college should require any assistance in booking appointments – our Admin Team are happy to help.


Thanks to our amazing learners and staff today for supporting two very worthy causes.  We have raised £740 that will be split between Children in Need and Pancreatic Cancer.  Loud shirts and tops were worn around the college today to raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer, a charity many learners and staff were not familiar with before.

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Remembrance Day 2015

Brydie and Jack made this video as part of our Remembrances Day at Darton College. The whole day in school was spent looking at different areas of remembrance. Our learners completed a number of activities in each wing/subject area of our school.

Children in Need 2015

On Friday 13th November we will be holding a loud shirt day to to raise money for Children in Need and Pancreatic Cancer.  Learners are to donate £1 to substitute their white shirt for either a loud shirt or top.  It is not necessary for learners to wear ties but the rest of the uniform must be worn.  We look forward to your support for these worthy causes.


Ambition Barnsley

Today I was lucky enough to go on a visit with 70 year 9 learners to Ambition Barnsley – an exciting opportunity for learners to find more information about progression pathways in the area in the run up to us choosing our options. A vast number of local colleges, apprenticeship providers and businesses were in attendance. Mr Bond arranged the trip because it was a great event to help young people make informed choices about what they want to do when they finish their education at Darton College.

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It was a very rewarding experience for me, as Progress Leader for Y9, to see learners that were bursting with enthusiasm, curiosity and excitement for their futures. I particularly enjoyed speaking to learners about their future aspirations.  If I had asked them before the trip about their future plans, I may have had some learners shrug their shoulders.  I now know that in my year group I have; future marines, a pathologist, a lawyer, a psychologist, a doctor, a PE teacher, a beautician and a veterinary surgeon.  I was impressed with their confidence when asking questions, their collaboration when working together and their perseverance when they encountered obstacles.

Learners had the opportunity to decorate cakes and hold snakes! They won prizes, made stir fries, had their hair put in glamorous up dos, shot film footage, showed their strength and sporting prowess. I loved the event because it was all about learning and the learners were too busy learning to even notice. Learning was interactive and hands on; it was fun.

I know that the learners left Ambition Barnsley eager to take their next steps and are asking questions about what they need to do to get there.  The aspirations of the learners in my year group are something I am very proud of, particularly as I know that they have the potential, resilience, self belief and support in College to make their ambitions and dreams a reality.


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