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  • Volcano competition heats up

    2nd December 2013

    Mr Pughsley and Mrs Sneddon have been inundated by entries for the Year 8 volcano competition. Students have been studying the topic of tectonics in geography lessons and have produced some amazing volcano projects. Many students have also worked closely with Mrs Sneddon the school librarian and this has undoubtedly had a huge impact on the quality of the entries this year. Competition has been fierce and the entries have far surpassed those in previous years. The competition culminated in a mass eruption o

  • £1300 for Weston Park Teenage Cancer Unit

    5th November 2013

    At the end of the summer term we were pleased to support Ellie Saxton, one of our Year 10 students, whose family were raising money for Sheffield's Weston Park Cancer Hospital who were treating Ellie's father. Ellie made the brave decision to have her head shaved completely during break time on the last day of term and students and staff gave generously in support of this cause. Ellie's mum and family were there to support her and there was complete silence and respect from over 600 students and staff whils

  • Academy Sports Awards 2013

    11th October 2013

    On Friday 11 October De Warenne Academy Sports Department hosted their first annual Sports Awards Ceremony. The aim of the event was to celebrate the achievements of all students who took part in sporting activities during the 2012-13 academic year. A host of awards were presented including school colours in the form of badges for those who showed outstanding commitment to their academy sports teams. Students also received certificates to acknowledge being named player of the year for their team or for bein

  • Doncaster Young People's Awards 2013

    24th September 2013

    We were delighted that two of our sixth form students were honoured with this award at a ceremony held at the Mansion House in September. They were nominated in acknowledgement of their valuable contributions to the life of the academy during their time here. Emma Taylor's warmth and enthusiasm make her popular with staff and peers and she excelled in her meticulous organisation of the 2012 Christmas concert. She co-ordinated the whole project and raised a very considerable amount of money for Bluebell Wood

  • Year 8 canal barge trip

    23rd September 2013

    In June eight lucky students from Year 8 were chosen at random to take part in a three day barge trip along the Leeds - Liverpool canal. Under the command of the skipper, the 11 strong crew (including Mr Allgood, Mr Scotney and Mrs Benton-Miller) successfully navigated numerous locks and swing bridges to sail from Snaygill Boat Yard, near Skipton, all the way to Gargrave and back again. Stop-offs along the way included a trip into Skipton and a rounders game which tested the fitness levels of the staff! The

  • Exam Success

    6th September 2013

    The academy is celebrating record results in 2013. At A-level we had a 100% pass rate and a whole array of distinctions. As a consequence of this we were delighted that all students who applied were accepted by the university of their choice. At GCSE more students than ever gained a grade C or above in maths and both English and maths saw a big rise in A and A* grades.

    Principal Gill Pollard said ‘this is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of staff and students and is a great start to life in our bran

  • London Performing Arts Trip 2013

    24th July 2013

    This year a group visited London for two days and got the chance to experience two West End shows. On day one the group were in awe of the magical set used in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The Umpa Loompas and the puppetry used in the show to tell Roald Dahls famous tale were a favourite aspect of the show for most.

    On the second day the group got to experience what it felt like to walk out under the lights of a West End show when they visited the stage set of Les Miserables. The group were amazed to se

  • Castle Academy Arts 2013

    19th July 2013

    In July Mrs Bradley and a group of Year 5 students from Castle Academy took part in a three day art project with Miss Grain from De Warenne's art department. Students worked together to make a large scale banner depicting Conisbrough Castle using lots of different textiles techniques. Each student had an A4 photograph and piece of fabric which were fixed together at the end to create a beautiful patchwork jigsaw of the castle.

    Students used fabric crayons, dyes, applique and hand embroidery techniques to cre

  • Rowena Academy Arts 2013

    19th July 2013

    In July Miss Grain from De Warenne Academy's art department spent three days working with the nusery and reception classes at Rowena Academy to produce their 'Elephant Project'. Each year group had a papier mache elephant to decorate using paint and decopatch with each student having an input on the design and decoration of their elephant. The activity was organised by Mrs Campbell to support the school's application for the Artsmark Gold Award.

    Students painted sections of the elephant before adding layers

  • De Warenne caters for Great Yorkshire Show

    17th July 2013

    Year 5 pupils from Ivanhoe and Morley Place came to De Warenne having been set the challenge of designing a sandwich to sell at the Great Yorkshire Show. The pupils had researched ideas, designed marketing campaigns, constructed packaging and produced some fantastic recipes. The standard was extremely high and all teams received certificates to acknowledge their work and innovation. The 'Delicious Subilicious' team from Morley Place were delared overall winners and in addition to their certificates took awa

  • Castle Attack SPTA Technology Challenge Event

    12th July 2013

    The third annual SPTA Technology Challenge event was hosted at the academy in June. Teams participating were from Ash Hill, De Warenne, Don Valley, Garforth and Rossington All Saints academies.

    The challenge was to design and make a seige machine to attack a castle and to rescue the princess who had been captured by the opponents' knight. The castle had been superbly constructed by Hu Robson our DT technician.

    Students worked in KS3 and KS4 teams to complete the challenge and were only allowed to use the mate

  • Reading Stars!

    11th July 2013

    Author Helena Pielichaty visited the library to hold football-related reading workshops in the library for Miss Shields 'Reading Stars' group in Year 7 as well as students from the Portals Book Club and academy librarians. The Reading Stars group are currently working on a football-themed project and were very enthusiastic as they worked with Helena. She brought a selection of her books for the students to look at and also signed all that were purchased. She stayed for lunch when she answered all the many q

  • Holly triumph at Sports Day 2013

    10th July 2013

    Wednesday 3rd July saw the 4th Annual De Warenne Academy Sports Day. Luckily this year the weather was on our side! In the run up to sports day all students in Y7, 8 and 9 took part in an interhouse dodgeball competition with points going towards sports day totals. During the morning session the 400m and 800m events on the track and the throwing events were held and medals presented. In the afternoon the sprints were held on the track; 60m, 100m, and the 4 x 100m relay. Mr Steele and Mr Evans provided enter

  • De Warenne Academy Library 'Official Opening.

    4th July 2013

    We were delighted to welcome best-selling children and young peoples' author Mark Robson to officially open our library on the 4th July . In the morning Mark held two workshops on short story writing for a selection of our year 8 students. The official opening was marked by the cutting of a ribbon held by the library dragon mascots which then revealed an official plaque commemorating the occasion. Over lunch, Mark answered the very well thought out questions put to him by librarians and book club members.


  • Year 8 go camping

    28th June 2013

    In June tents, mats, pillows, sleeping bags, stoves, food and a cuddly toy were just some of the items packed in to the minibus along with twelve Y8 students. The destination was Birchover in Derbyshire for an outdoor activities trip.

    The first challenge was erecting the tent which was a great teamwork exercise!  The following morning involved climbing up and around rocks and then on to abseiling where everyone showed great courage. In the afternoon the group went to Carsington Water for raft-building. Two t

  • Doncaster Book Awards Finale

    26th June 2013

    Members of the Portals Book Club attended the final of the Doncaster Book Awards at Cusworth Hall . The students had read the books in line for the award and had voted for their favourite. Also in attendance were the library mascots, the De Warenne Dragons. The theme for the day was the Mad Hatter's Tea Party and over 350 children and staff from participating schools took part. Our group took along Brooke Ackroyd's winning entry in our design a teapot competition.

    The winning author voted by secondary school

  • Police Message

    20th June 2013

    We have received the notice below from South Yorkshire Police. Please share this information within it with your child.


    Dear Parent / Carer,

    I have written to all schools in Doncaster to raise awareness amongst parents, carers, teachers and pupils of a number of indecent assaults on schoolgirls within the local area.

    We currently have several Detective Constables working on this case and they are being supported by our Neighbourhood Police Teams across the Doncaster area. In addition, we are working closely w

  • SPTA Indoor Athletics

    3rd June 2013

    The first ever SPTA games took place at the EIS in Sheffield in May. Nine academies took part each entering U13 and U15 boys and girls teams. In the morning events De Warenne picked up some impressive results, highlights of which included Emily Jones gaining first place in the 200m and the long jump, Devon Robb and Tiegan Handsley coming second in the triple jump, Tyler Hardy taking first place in his 60m final and Shannon Cox coming second in the 200m. In the afternoon the results kept on coming for De War

  • On your marks, get set-COOK!

    9th May 2013

    De Warenne now has its very own celebratory chefs in Mr Green and Mr Ferguson who competed against one another in a ready, steady cook-style competition organised by our caterers, Chartwells.

    The Red team - Mr Ferguson, Kalli Wesley (Y7) and Alisha Pearsall ( 11) -battled it out in a cook off against the Green team - Mr Green, Poppy Smith (Y7) and Megan Peart (Y11). This had all the drama, emotion and tension of the finals of Masterchef and the Great British Bake off.

    Both teams cooked some amazingly appetisi

  • De Warenne Bids Students 'Bon Voyage!'

    26th April 2013

    This Easter 36 students set off to Paris. Highlights from the week included venturing deep into the city's underground catacombs to see the final resting place of over 6 million Parisians and taking in the many splendid sights of Paris with a river cruise along the Seine. Most of the group were then courageous enough to go right to the top of the Eiffel Tower, once the tallest building in the world.

    Students were also able to show off their French language skills in a team challenge at Brie market. Equipped