School Uniform and Piercings.

Thank you to all parents and carers who continue to support our uniform policy. Generally learners at Darton College look incredibly smart.

The senior leadership team and I have recently reviewed our behavior policy, it remains largely unchanged but we have made the guidance on piercings more explicit.


  • Students are only permitted to wear a single set of stud earrings in the lower lobe of the ear

  • No other form of facial piercings are allowed

  • Non-Visible facial piercings (e.g. tongue studs) are also not permitted

  • Please do not allow your child to have a new piercing done close to the start of a school term; we will not make allowances for recent piercings.

  • A clear retaining pipe similar to fishing wire can be used to keep the piercing open, however this must not be visible

  • Clear balls and tubing is not allowed

Year 7 Up-date

Due to the timing of the Transition Parents Evening which was held on Tuesday 15th July and the positive feedback that we received the decision has been taken to indefinitely postpone this year’s Year 7 Settling in Evening.

Thank you to all parents and students who supported the Family and Community Open Day which was held on Saturday 13th September.

There are many other opportunities for you to take part in the school community, including the Winter Wonderland which will take place on Sunday 16th November 2014.  Please see Community website for further details.

We apologize for the delay in issuing you with access to the parent platform this should be available shortly, in the meantime if there is anything we can assist you with please do not hesitate to contact us.

Useful information can also be found in the Parents Transition Handbook which was issued to Year 7 parents during transition.



Internship Programme

During the 2014 summer holiday period thirty students from Darton College and other schools across the area, took part in a two week Internship programme organised by Barnsley Area North Council and run by C & K Careers.

This involved students undertaking a week in employability workshops, where they were required to produce CV’s, personal statements, write job applications and take part in a mock interview process. During the second week they were then required to complete a week working with a local employer and provider.

Students worked at a variety of places from Cannon Hall, to nurseries and solicitors.  It was an overwhelming success for all students who took part in the scheme and all came back with a heightened sense of awareness of what was required form them when the eventually enter the workplace.

One student, Ruby Carr, worked at The Barnsley Chronicle and the article below is what Ruby produced for the paper which was published on 21st August 2014.  Well done to Ruby and all those students who took part in the scheme and helped to promote Darton College so well in the community.



Wow, what a weekend at Darton College for Community events!

Hook a duck if you want to get lucky!

Over the past weekend the college hosted two fantastic community events.

We would like to thank everyone who attended and took part in these events to help make them the success that they were.

Family & Community Open Day

The Family & Community Open Day was held on Saturday 13th of September.  It was a great success for all who took part.  The event transformed the college with brilliant activities spread across the site.

Visitors had the opportunity to sample new activities that they had possibly never tried before! The event had water slides, hook a duck along with competitions to beat a goalkeeper at football. Various types of talented musical entertainment, dance shows and Tae Kwon-Do demonstrations and lots, lots more.

There was a selection of cultural stalls and also the launch of the Family and Adult Learning Centre, with visitors being able to sample some of the courses available e.g. arts and crafts.

One visitor commented ”How talented all the kids were at the Community Day on Saturday and brilliant how many adults invest their time in these kids…….thank you”

Our new Principal, Kate Davies also dropped by to say hello and chat with some of our community members. Overall the feedback was awesome, a huge success for everyone concerned.

Table Top Sale

The Table Top Sale took place the following morning.  There were numerous stall holders from all over the borough. The sale had some items of real quality available such as various electronics and Kipling handbags, as well as top quality garden ornaments. The sale proved to be a successful event for our community.

Individual Student Photographs

Tempest Photography will be in school on Wednesday 10th September to take individual students photographs for Years 7, 8, 9 & 10.

Year 11 students will not have their photographs taken on this occasion but will have a group leavers photograph and their individual photograph taken on 25th March 2015.

Welcome Back

Welcome back.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the summer break, it has certainly been a busy one here at Darton.

Overall our GCSE results were disappointing with a drop in our A*-C including English and Maths to 46%. We saw a significant decline in the number of learners achieving a grade C or above in maths particularly. There was a small increase in the number of learners achieving a grade C or above in English.

Both Governors and staff were disappointed with these results but equally determined to put things right. We have already recruited new staff to key roles in the Maths department and are currently looking to add additional capacity to the English department.

There are some positives to be shared with rises in the number of grade C or above passes in MFL, RE, Science, Art and Dance rising above the national average.

We have identified three key area for development across the College this year:

  • To continue to ensure that the quality of teaching is good or better and supporting excellent progress.
  • To develop the use of feedback and assessment so that staff are pitching lessons appropriately, giving learners appropriate feedback that supports them in moving their learning forward.
  • To develop a learning centred organisation which will include readdressing  learning behaviours, raising learner’s aspirations and supporting them to become more actively engaged in their learning.


There is much to do but I, the school’s senior leadership team, and the Governing body are fully committed to ensuring that the improvements required are addressed with pace and rigour.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the coming weeks.

Kate Davies

Principal Darton College

GCSE Results Collection

The College will be open from 10 am until 2 pm tomorrow, Thursday 21st August for students to collect their GCSE results.

Senior staff and representatives from Barnsley College and the Connexions team will be available to support student if required.