Shop till you drop……they certainly did at the Walk in Wardrobe Fashion Event held at Darton College Friday 10 October!

They certainly did at the Walk in Wardrobe Fashion Event held at Darton College Friday 10 October!

Bargains galore, a glass of wine and time to spend with friends, a perfect end to the week.

The quality and prices of the clothes was amazing as were the accessory and beauty stalls; guests were seen leaving the building with arms full of clothes and bags full of Make-Up, Gifts, Handbags, some were even treated to pampering treatments from Lynn of Soul 2 Soul Holistic Therapy.

Thanks to all who came and made it a fabulous evening especially South Hill Designs Jewellery, Body Shop, Rage Hair Studio, Rosie Jade Handbags and Arbonne Makeup.

We also invite you to our next event coming soon which is an evening with Pietro Politano who is a spiritualist medium. Tickets are available at £10 each. Pietro is performing on two evenings – Thursday 30th October and Friday 31st October.  Tickets are available from the college reception.



It’s not just any week – it’s a Darton and M & S week!


Wow, what a week it has been at Darton College events!

The events that have been organised during the past week have been on quite a large scale and have brought alongside them some exciting opportunities to further explore…

Marks & Spencer

On Monday the 6th of October Marks & Spencer hosted a small conference in the pavilion.  The attendees were fine tuning and planning the final details of their large regional conference which was organised for the following day in our lecture theatre for 130 delegates.

Feedback was excellent.  The delegates were exceptionally pleased with the personal service they received and our ability to cater for their every need in a professional and efficient manner.

Marks & Spencer have also promised the college that they will attend our future Year 9 and Year 11 post 16 careers evenings and provide prospective employment links and mentoring for our learners that become close to leaving school age.

NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group meeting

On Thursday 9th October we welcomed NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group to our venue.  The first half of the meeting was public and the group invited some of our learners to attend.

Feedback received from the delegates was again excellent and they were impressed with the facilities, food and service they received.  They also appreciated the attention to detail and the articulate, intelligent students that were present during their meeting.

Year 9 and Year 11 Post 16 Careers Evening

On the evening 9th October the college held the Year 9 and Year 11 Post 16 Careers Evening. Over 30 training providers, Colleges and businesses attended to advise learners on career routes and pathways. The lecture theatre was full to capacity when careers coordinator John Maltby opened the event.  Mr Maltby introduced keynote speaker John Mills who was congratulated on his inspirational speech by many of the parents.

The evening was an all-round success with excellent feedback from the exhibitors and from our learners that had visited.  One training provide commented ‘’this is the best evening of this nature that I have ever attended’’



Year 9 Student steps in to help memorial service go ahead

Charlotte Atkinson in 9RR showed the “Best of British” when a local memorial service was under threat when their regular bugler couldn’t attend.

Charlotte, who played at last year’s Remembrance Day service in the college, answered the call from Mirfield Royal British Legion to come and play The Last Post during a service to re-dedicate a Veterans Memorial in the West Yorkshire town.

Mr Barry Fretwell, the President of the Branch expressed his thanks to Charlotte and her family who accompanied her on Sunday describing her as “a credit to Darton College”.

After the service Charlotte received spontaneous applause from the assembled veterans, cadets and others who attended.  Further praise came from a former Royal Marine Commando who singled her out, commenting that at just 13 years old she was already better than at least half of the buglers he had heard during his 22 years service.

Well done Charlotte, we’re all proud of you.

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Year 6 Open Evening – What a night !

On Tuesday 30th September Darton College held the annual Year 6 Open Evening which was attended by over 750 prospective pupils and parents.

Following the Keynote speech from Principal Kate Davies and a welcome speech from Head Boy, Jonathan Bradbury and Head Girl, Katie Senior visitors were able to tour the college and view its facilities.

The whole building was buzzing as visitors actively participated in Gingerbread Men decorating, Animation and Gaming, Chemistry Extravaganza, Rocket Lab, Phonics games and Costume Creating to name a few of the many activities that were available.

The feedback received included the written comments below -

“the pupils are a credit to the school very articulate and helpful”

“fantastic evening, children were very helpful and engaging, very impressed”

“very welcoming and looks great, a fantastic learning environment”

“the students who took us on our tour were informative, friendly, polite humorous and a credit to the college”

“it has a lovely welcoming feel , thank you”

“excellent and inspiring”

If you missed this event why not telephone the college and book a tour during the school day?

See below a selection of photographs that were taken during the evening.


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