Academy Context

Delta Academies Trust has the mission statement “Changing Lives”, with the overarching aim being to improve educational outcomes for children in the north of England whilst creating a sustainable organisation that improves our society and the wider environment.

De Warenne Academy serves the ex-mining communities of Conisbrough and Denaby Main, with the majority of pupils living within walking distance and coming from 5 primary schools. The Key Stage 2 APS for every year group is significantly below national average on entry but primary performance is improving. The academy is smaller than average, and has up to 150 pupils per year group. The majority of pupils live in areas containing significant pockets of deprivation characterised by high unemployment, an inadequate employment base, low average income levels, poor physical and mental health and a degraded urban environment.

Index of Multiple Deprivation    Bottom 10%   43% (12% - national average)
Index of Multiple DeprivationBottom 30%66% (35%)
Education & SkillsBottom 10%55% (12%)
Education & SkillsBottom 30%96% (34%)

The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is significantly above the national average (47% v 23%) as is the number currently in receipt of Free School Meals (32% v 16%). Pupils within the academy are mainly White British, with only 10 pupils having EAL. The number of pupils with an EHCP is 1.7%, and 5 pupils requiring behavioural and emotional support attend alternative provision.

The school changed its name from Northcliffe Comprehensive in 2009 when it became an academy as part of the School Partnership Trust. It moved into a new building in 2013. It is a smaller than average school (150 maximum per year group) but the number of students on roll is growing and almost all year groups are full.

The current Principal joined the academy in September 2016. There has been a wide-reaching restructure of both teaching and support staff and the introduction of a curriculum led financial plan. As a result there is now a culture of increasing accountability and professionalism with a shared focus on improving outcomes for students. A new senior leadership team has been in post since September 2018. Outcomes have improved every year since 2016, and the school is the highest performing in the local area and the third highest in Doncaster, with progress made by students now above the national average.

De Warenne Academy takes its name from the De Warenne family who built Conisbrough Castle. Students in Year 7 visit the Castle as part of their History lessons when they study the Normans.