School Uniform

Thank you to all parents/carers who continue to support the Uniform policy at Darton.
We have noticed that standards of uniform have begun to slip over the later part of the term. Uniform is important as it gives Darton College a sense of identify and community but also supports a positive and purposeful climate for learning.
Over the Christmas period can all parents/carers ensure that learners have the correct uniform ready for January.


Information regarding school uniform can be found on this website – Parents / School Uniform


Christmas Jumpers Day – Friday 19th December

christmas jumper day

On Friday 19th December there will be a Non-Uniform Day here at Darton College to help raise funds for Save the Children.

The Christmas Jumper Day has been run for three years and over this time they have raised £1.6 million to date.  It is run in partnership with UKaid and George at Asda.

Darton College will be supporting this fund raising event this year on the 19th December to coincide with the last day of term and ask all learners and staff to ‘wear woolly’ to support this worthy cause.

Save the Children is an international non-governmental organisation that promotes children’s rights, and provides relief and support for disadvantaged children in over 120 countries.

Darton College Mini Bus

Darton College took delivery of a mini bus this week.  This follows fundraising by staff, learners and parents.

The mini bus will allow learners and staff to access the many benefits of out of school activities through visits to local places of interest, participating in local sporting fixtures and linking in with other educational providers throughout the district.


Arvon Foundation – Day Three – UPDATE!

Miss Ackroyd has been in touch to say that the first two days have been brilliant at Lumb Bank, the former home of Ted Hughes, where a group of Year 9 students are busily working away with professional poets and writers. Enthusiasm is at a real high (except where the washing up is concerned!)

Click on the links below for some pictures from the first and second days! Also below is a photo of the students just before they set off!

*See below for new Day Three pictures*

Day One:

Day Two:

Day Three:

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Chicken Soup

I had a wonderful hour today, spent indulging completely in talking about teaching and learning and classroom practice with two of my wonderful team. It was an hour of pure joy that like chicken soup fed my soul!

One of my favourite quotes of all time is this one by Stephen Covey;


For me, in all schools this should be teaching and learning. At first this might seem strikingly obviously given that it is our core business but as a school leader it is all too easy to get wrapped up in ‘other’ things, often my days get crowded with activity that distract from my role as a head teacher .

I am passionate about teaching and learning and committed to developing the best teachers possible at Darton, I can look at data day in and day out but unless the teaching and learning in every classroom is highly effective the data won’t change.
So I remain committed to making sure that ‘the main thing is the main thing’ at Darton, and doing everything I can to ensure that I support my team to do this too.
Thank you for the ‘chicken soup’ today – you know who you are!

Ms Davies


Putting that revision timetable together

Mrs Davies recently posted some hints and tips about the best ways to maximise your revision.  With the mock exams coming up for Year 11 before Christmas and Year 10 after, some learners are already putting together revision timetables to help ensure they cover all aspects of their subjects.

Don’t forget to start that revision early

1. You have more time to ensure your knowledge and understanding is fully embedded

2. You can identify areas where you need to ask your teacher for extra help

3. The later you leave it to start, the more you’ll have to do every night

Planning your revision is really important.  It ensures that you spend enough time on all of your subjects

Planning your revision is really important. It ensures that you spend enough time on all of your subjects

Internship Programme 2014

During the 2014 summer holiday period thirty learners from Darton College took part in a two week internship programme organised by Barnsley Area North Council and run by C & K Careers.

This involved learners 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.  It was an overwhelming success for all learners who took part in the scheme and all came back with a heightened sense of awareness of what was required from them when the eventually enter the workplace.

Just recently the internship learners gathered again for the presentation evening organised by C & K Careers, who had organised the internship programme. The event took place at Shaw Lane Rugby Club, in Barnsley. At this meeting were members of Barnsley Council, local employers as well as learners from Darton College, Holy Trinity and Carlton Community College, plus their parents. Here they were to receive their certificates as proof that they had successfully completed the internship programme. All the learners conducted themselves magnificently and were an enormous credit to their various schools. Speeches were made by members of C & K Careers, employers, Student Ambassadors and by Councillors Sharon Howard and Linda Burgess.  Three learners from Darton College, Xsara Fleetwood, Joshua Carter and Ruby Carr were also asked to make speeches with regards to their experiences and, although this was nerve racking for them, they spoke very well with calmness and composure.

It was a wonderful night enjoyed by all who attended and, for the thirty Darton College learners taking part in the event this was undoubtedly a very valuable experience from start to finish.

Please see below a selection of photographs taken on the evening.