World Book Day – Thursday 5th March

On Thursday 5th March there will be a Non-Uniform Day to celebrate World Book Day.  Staff and learners can attend school dressed as a character from a book of their choice.

The proceeds from the £1 contributions paid by staff and learners on the day will enable the library to purchase new books for all learners.

Do you have any used/unused books at home suitable for 11-16 years of age?  Help us achieve our target of 250 new books for our library – please send any donations of books to the English wing.

We are looking forward to seeing learners embrace the day and being involved in this worthwhile event.


Barnsley Schools Dance Competition 2015

All dance

Last night our Key Stage 4 (KS4) dance learners brought home the trophy for the fourth year running. The team have choreographed and rehearsed by themselves for the last three weeks, and were absolutely determined to win. We entered four pieces in the KS4 section and three were placed in first, third and fourth position. What a dream!

Our Year 7’s and 8’s also set the bar as they performed ‘Dear future Husband’ and ‘Somewhere only we know’, bringing home second prize. The girls have shown absolute commitment and determination as they have rehearsed together during the last few weeks and in their pink dresses and braces, were dazzling to watch. Some very proud parents and teachers watched them display sound technique and exceptional performance skills.

In third position, amazing talent was displayed by our Year 10 learners as they performed ‘Cirlcle of Life’, choreographed by Sophie Devonport. The judge said ‘she loved it, it was full of style and choreographic devices and Millie Callon dazzled the stage’ – “I couldn’t take my eyes off her!”.

In fourth position was Hideaway, choreographed by Miss Marshall and performed by Year 9 and 10. This piece lifted the stage for the first time in this section. The bar was set…but we finished the evening with our winning entry ‘Uptown Funk’. Our KS4 dancers do it every year and the pressure is always on us to bring home the trophy and we did it again.

Three very proud dance teachers sat there as the winners were announced. This is why we love our learners at Darton College.

Uptown funk

South Yorkshire Cricket @ Ponds Forge

On Tuesday 3rd of February, our under 13 Cricketers played their area tournament against Horizon and Penistone. After a close final game against Penistone we just lost out to progress to the South Yorkshire round.

Until…we were offered a lifeline, an opportunity to take our team to the South Yorkshire round at Ponds Forge on Wednesday 11th of February.

After an ever so slight delay to the day our team were thrown straight into a game upon arrival, against Aston School. The boys played brilliantly to win 81-79.  After a quick team chat the second game against High Storrs was upon us. This was an unbelievably high scoring game with the boys racking up a whopping 113 runs off 8 overs, even after a tremendous performance from High Storrs they couldn’t catch us and finished on 103 runs.

Before we knew it the final game against Rossington Academy arrived. After a fantastic pre-game talk from captain Joe Evans the boys were ready and determined to win. Once again Darton College proved to be unbeaten and won 79-41.

As a result of winning their group the boys have secured themselves a place in the Yorkshire round alongside winners of the other group, Penistone.

A fantastic day of sport which was accompanied by outstanding attitudes, sportsmanship and determination. Proud!



Winter Athletics Championships @ EIS Sheffield

On Tuesday, 45 learners from Year 7, 8 & 9 made the trip to the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield to take part in the Key Stage 3 Winter Athletics Championships. For a lot of students this was the first time they have had the opportunity to compete on a state of the art indoor track.

The day began on a high with a sighting of Jessica Ennis finishing her training session on the far side of the stadium. This made aspirations soar and every student had a desire to win and do well.

Throughout the day, learners competed in a number of events including sprints, long distance runs, throws and jumps. As a school we had many of our athletes finishing in 1st and 2nd position which all counted towards the school’s overall total.

By the end of the afternoon, all events had finished, the learners were exhausted and the positions were announced…

4th Place…. The Dearne

3rd Place… Shafton

2nd Place… Darton

1st Place… Horizon

I can honestly say it was a pleasure taking every single learner to this competition.  They did not only Darton College proud but themselves as well. Bring on the summer championships.

KS3 Athletics