Easter Holiday

The college will close for the Easter Holiday on Friday 27th March at 3.20pm – re-opening to learners on Tuesday 14th April at 8.50am (Monday 13th April is an INSET day).

There are two residential visits abroad over the Easter break -

51 Year 11 learners and 6 staff will be visiting Krakow, Poland from Friday 27th March to Tuesday 31st March.  You can follow their visit on twitter @dartonpoland15

100 learners (mixed year groups) and 12 staff will be visiting Paris, France from Wednesday 1st April to Sunday 5th April.  You can follow their visit on twitter @Darton_Paris

Happy Easter everyone


Year 11 Leavers Photograph

Year 11 learners who will be leaving Darton College at the end of the term took part in the group photograph along with Year 11 Form Tutors and members of the Senior Leadership Team.

Individual photographs were also taken of the Year 11 learners and both photograph proofs will be available for viewing after the Easter Holiday.




Art Exhibition at Barnsley Civic

Year 8 learners at Darton College were privileged to be able to work alongside professional portraiture artist, Michelle Clarke Stables. This fantastic experience has been and will continue to be, central to our creative thinking and making.

Working with Michelle, learners were able to delve deeper into the subject matter of people, relationships, memories and love. The work asked them to develop higher order thinking skills; connecting personally and emotionally with the bigger picture of portraiture. Taking their inspiration from Michelle, learners explored work where subject matter meant something, provoking a feeling of love; in them as the artist and in wider audiences of family and friends.

The whole experience was captured by the wonderful and inspirational freelance photographer, author and educational guru, Jane Hewitt.

The work that learners created was exhibited at The Civic Art Gallery on Friday 13th February and below are just a few of the moment captured on film …

GCSE Practical Catering Exam

On Friday 20th March a group of Year 11 learners had their practical GCSE Catering exam.  This involved creating a meal from ingredients, paying attention to detail and presentation along with serving to invited guests which included, parents, staff and fellow learners.

Feedback comments were positive – “very tasty, magnificent taste, world class presentation, and beautifully presented” to name a few.  Well done to all the learners involved.

GCSE Practical Exam

Support Dogs visit

What an exciting afternoon!

Darton College had a visit from a very large but very helpful dog. Titch came to pay our Nurture group a visit.

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Here is a photograph of Titch with his co workers from Support Dogs.

Titch is an Irish Wolfhound who works for Support Dogs (supportdogs.org.uk). Support Dogs is a very special and unique charity. Support Dogs is a national charity (Mainland UK) dedicated to increasing independence and quality of life for people with various medical conditions. They provide, train and support specialist assistance dogs to achieve this.

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Our Nurture learners were so excited to meet the Support Dog team (plus he caused a stir amongst the whole school, you would have thought we had a famous person in school!). Our class learnt so much aout dogs and the work of the charity. The learners demonstrated this learning by completing a Kahoot quiz and using PicCollage. The class really enjoyed the visit. Making Darton College proud by showing excellent behaviour, asking good probing questions and retaining information.

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Support Dogs explained;

‘Our autism assistance programme is life changing for both the child with autism and their family. Autism Assistance Dogs are trained to provide safety and to facilitate a more independent and socially inclusive life for both the child with autism and their family.’

Our guests continued;

‘Our disability assistance dogs are trained to assist and support their owners by carrying out tasks which are specifically tailored to their needs, for example:

  • Opening and closing doors
  • Picking up objects
  • Raising the alarm
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Operating control buttons
  • Loading and unloading the washing machine’



A group engaged in learning from our guest speakers.

And in relation to their seizure alert programme;

‘Epilepsy is the most common neurological illness with over 600,000 cases in the UK. 30% of people with epilepsy are unable to control their seizures through medication. Instead they live with the fear of an oncoming seizure which can occur at any time. This fear affects everything they do, limiting their independence and ability to live an active life.

Seizure Alert Dogs are trained to provide a 100% reliable warning up to 50 minutes prior to an oncoming seizure. They give time for their owner to find a place of safety and privacy as they have their seizure.’

We hope to be working with Support Dogs in the future to contribute to much needed funds to raise money to allow more people to benefit from this charity.

**Reminder – Year 7 Parents Evening – This Week**

Year 7 Parents’ Evening will take place this week at Darton College – Thursday 12th March  4.30pm – 7.30pm.  Please click HERE to make a booking.

If you have any difficulties in making a booking please do not hesitate to contact us and a member of the Reception/Admin Team will assist you.

A copy of the letter and booking instructions can be viewed below –

Year 7 Parents Evening Letter Mar 2015

Parent Guide for Website