Darton College had a visit from Lincs2Nepal, a charity helping to build schools in Nepal.    They met with Darton students to explain about their charity and to see how we could get involved.


The images below are from a school set up by Lincs2Nepal which they are looking to expand with further classrooms.  Kate Davies and the Darton Voice team are looking how we can build this into our core business next year to help with the fundraising for this project and how it might fit into our curriculum.





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Esther Rantzen visits Darton


DAME Esther Rantzen came to Barnsley yesterday to talk to children about the importance of safeguarding and how her charity ChildLine can help.

She met with students at Darton College for a frank discussion which coincided with ‘safeguarding week’ and the announcement this week that Darton College has won a silver Anti-Bullying Charter award.

Dame Esther told the Chronicle: “It’s ChildLine’s 30th year, so I’m going around the UK talking to young people about what they know about ChildLine, how aware they are, whether they know there’s a freephone number 0800 1111 that doesn’t show up on phone bills, whether they know there’s an online service.”

Darton Students Feature in Nike Ad

MILLIONS have already watched the new advert for sportswear giant Nike which features superstar footballers Ronaldo, Harry Kane – and three lads from Barnsley…

Darton College students Ben Spaxman, Jack Riley and Billy Beasley not only got to speak on the advert, they were also paid £1,500 each for doing so.

It was Phil Crowe, an LA-based creative director with a nephew at Darton College that suggested Darton students voices might be just what the producers were looking for.

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Picture: Scott Bairstow PD080038

Anti-Bullying Charter Mark

We are pleased to announce that Darton College has been the first main stream school in Barnsley to successfully achieve the Silver Charter Mark for Anti-Bullying.


Staff and learners at the college have worked hard to produce evidence that was put together in a portfolio to show how well the school is combating bullying.  There are several levels to the award and it is expected for a school to start at the Bronze level and use these awards as a way to improve.  We were very pleased to receive the Silver award on our first review and will continue to work hard towards Gold.

The Charter Mark shows that the school is working well to support and educate learners around issues related to bullying.  It also reflects that we have fantastic practice that continues to improve all the time.  This includes how we record and track bullying, how it is dealt with, how we support victims and also perpetrators of bullying.  Is shows that the college are recognising and educating learners about the different types of bullying as well as taking into account the views of learners.

We are extremely proud of this achievement and look forward to informing you of when the College is awarded the Gold Charter Mark in the very near future.



Smoothies Now On Sale

Darton Voice are pleased to announce that from tomorrow you can start ordering smoothies from the main servery.  You need to pre-order them between 08:00 to 08:30 so they can be prepared for break time.  If you come in later you can order them for the next day.

They come in a 9 oz cups and are £1.60 for learners and £1.92 for staff.


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Year 11 Leaving Date

Dear Parent or Carer,

As your child comes to the end of their time at Darton College, may I take the opportunity to thank you and to thank them for all the hard work put in over the years.  I have worked with this year group since the end of Year 8 and I’m incredibly  proud of how they have developed into responsible, conscientious and polite young adults.  They really are a credit to the school and credit to you as parent/carers.

This year we have taken the opportunity to maximise structured school revision so that the learners have the best possible chance of success. This has meant that the leaving date is a little later than previous years and the positive response to this from the vast majority of learners is testament to the commitment and dedication of this specific Year 11 cohort.

The Year 11 leaving date is set for Friday the 17th of June at 3.20pm.  A Leavers Assembly will take place on the same day at 2.50pm following the Geography exam.  Learners will have time to sign shirts and say their goodbyes each other and staff following the assembly.

We have made this decision as large exams involving the majority of the cohort are still taking place through next week.  We can accommodate enough additional, teacher-led revision (in Science and History in particular) to still keep the learners individual timetables well populated.  Some learners do not have these subjects but still need to complete their ECDL qualification and will be supported in an intensive drive to achieve this qualification when all other exams are done.

Although we understand that some learners benefit from autonomous revision, we believe that the support and expert guidance they will receive from their teachers at this crucial time is paramount and could lead to them gaining those vital extra few marks.

We would also like to make you  aware that tickets for the Prom are now on sale. The Prom will be held at The Fairway hotel on the1st of July at 7pm. This is a great way to finish their time at Darton College and I would encourage them to attend and enjoy this great evening of celebration.

Finally, can I once again thank you for your support over the years and wish you and your families the very best. It has been a privilege to lead these young adults and I wish them everything they wish for themselves in the future.

Kind regards,

Mr Cairns

England U16 Futsal Finalists


(Left – Right: Tom Clare, Lewis O’Connor, David Harper, James McIntyre, Alex Blackwell & Kaine Leigh)

I had the absolute pleasure of taking these gentlemen to the South Yorkshire U16 Futsal competition in Sheffield. On arrival we were informed that the top two finishing teams will compete in the England U16 Futsal final in June. The tournament started with a slight glitch. It was an indoor competition and we had only brought boots! Aaaaarrrrrgggghhhhh! After some selfless behaviour from Kaine Leigh we were ready to go. Alex and James were taking it in turn to share Kaine’s trainers and Kaine borrowed some from the schools lost property. But from then game faces were on.

Our first game was against Shafton who we had beat in the Barnsley School’s previous round. We took an early lead however Shafton were on fire, beating us 4-3 to give them their first win.

We then had a game off to assess the opposition, talk tactics and argue about the trainer situation. This clearly was the boost the team needed and went on to trash both Sheffield teams with goals from Tom Clare, Alex Blackwell and James McIntyre. This finished the team in second place behind Shafton!

We have just confirmed our attendance on Saturday 11th June to take on England. Here we come!

A very, very proud teacher!

Miss W :)