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  • Pageturners

    From Base-Camp to Summit and Beyond

    10th June 2015

    The Doncaster Book Awards recently hosted a spectacular visit by author, film-maker, mountaineer and explorer Matt Dickinson. 

    Don Valley Pageturner students travelled to Armthorpe School to join with students from other participating schools.  There they were treated to a flavour of what Matt had experienced during his time working with the BBC and National Geographic, in his on-going quest to document people and places in some of the Earth’s toughest environments.  Matt has always been fascinated with endu

  • Cast Finale

    Mayo Magic at the Doncaster Book Awards

    27th April 2015

    Where on earth could you see 555 very excited young readers, Robin Hood and Maid Marion, and a well-known radio presenter and author all gathered together to celebrate books and reading?  At the 2015 Finale of the Doncaster Book Award!  As ever, Don Valley Pageturners were there to enjoy the fun.

    It has been a spectacular year for the DBA, with lots of exciting and innovative events, and this event really finished it all off in style.  The sun was shining as the children poured through the doors of the Cast

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    Pageturners present...World Book Day!

    17th March 2015

    This March, Don Valley Library celebrated World Book Day with a special film show complete with popcorn and lemonade, and a very special presentation by our Pageturners students.

    They wanted to share their enjoyment of reading and the fun stuff they do in the library.  For the two weeks leading up to the day itself, they used their own time to jointly put together a special presentation all about Pageturners.  They then invited along one of their friends who is currently not a regular library user. Each Page

  • Bugsy Malone

    Bugsy Malone

    4th March 2015

    Our production of Bugsy Malone will take place on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th March.

    7pm in the Lower Hall.

    Tickets are now on sale - available to purchase on Parent Pay or from Student Reception.

    £3.50 for Adults and £2 for Concessions.

  • Drama

    Joint Primary/Secondary Library Workshop

    2nd February 2015

    Reindeer Herding to UFOs, it’s all in a Day’s work at Don Valley Library!

    This January, pupils from Don Valley’s ‘Pageturners’ group spent two exciting and enjoyable days working with students from four local primaries on the Doncaster Book Award shortlist books.  Students from Bentley High Street, Bentley New Village, Kirkby Avenue and Saltersgate all took part in special drama and creative writing activities, led by workshop leader Dave Cryer, who has visited us many times before.  As ever, all of the stud

  • Celebration Assembly

    27th January 2015

    On Friday 23rd January, we celebrated the achievements of over 100 students who have performed above their targets as an average across all subjects during the first term. This was also supported by their effort grades given by staff which were amongst the highest across the whole school.

    Students received a certificate for their huge efforts as well as a £5 gift voucher. Another celebration event will take place later in the year and we look forward to welcoming even more students.

    Mr Oldfield

    Assistant Princ

  • Splendid Theatre Company Workshop

    19th January 2015
    Year 10, 12 and 13 students studying GCSE Drama, Theatre Studies and Performance Studies watched Splendid's touring production of Woyzeck on Wednesday 14th January.
    Afterwards the Year 12 and 13 students and some students from Year 10 and 11 took part in an hour and half workshop with the profession actors in their own time, working on ensemble and devising skills and deepening their knowledge of text for their studies. 
    Students were praised for their commitment, creativity and talent by founding member of
  • GCSE Photo Shoot

    GCSE Photography Creative Portraiture Session

    6th January 2015

    As a final piece for a coursework project called 'Me, Myself & I', students undertook a creative portraiture photo shoot. Using each other as models, photographers, technicians and make-up artists, some outstanding results were achieved. From 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' to 'Rebel Without A Cause'  through themes including warfare, masked balls, disguise and even fruit, students got very inventive with camera angles, backdrops and lighting, shutter speeds  and even a dry ice machine! The resulting photo

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    Sixth Form Students Boarding Platform 9¾

    18th December 2014

    When you think of a school trip, the first thoughts that come to mind are normally ones of a seating arrangement on the coach. Getting your packed lunch sorted (with plenty of treats for the journey); checking you have enough money to spend extortionate amounts in the gift shop and making sure your battery is fully charged on your phone, ready to take plenty of pics of the days antics. However, when that school trip is to the Harry Potter Studios, you only need one thing; the one thing you can find only the

  • Leeds College of Art and Design Workshop

    11th December 2014

    On the 3rd December eight Year 12 AS Level photography students had the opportunity to work on location with a range of photographic experts at Leeds College of Art and Design.

    Students were taught how to use a traditional film SLR camera, how to take quality photographs and how to wet process the prints using chemicals (all materials and equipment were provided free of charge). Students also had the opportunity to use dark room techniques and work on location in Leeds City Centre.

    In addition students had a

  • First Half Term Rewards

    26th November 2014

    Over the first half term we had a huge amount of students benefiting from the Don Valley learner points and these were rewarded in various ways. Text messages, postcards, phone calls were made on a regular basis but we also awarded the following certificates:

    • Bronze certificate for 50 DV learner points = 657 students
    • Silver certificate for 75 DV learner points = 574 students
    • Gold certificate for 100 DV learner points = 438 students
    • Platinum certificate for 150 DV learner points = 82 students
    • Principal’s certific
  • DBA Book Award

    Doncaster Book Award Launch

    25th November 2014

    The wild and windy weather outside the theatre had no chance of dampening spirits of the Don Valley Pageturners as the 11th Doncaster Book Award got underway this October.  As last year, the CAST theatre was full to the brim with over 500 excited children and guests, all eagerly anticipating the treats in store.  They were not disappointed! 

    First on stage after was the inimitable James Worthington from Talegate Theatre, who will be organising our ‘Panto in a Day’ this December and also running a series of t

  • UK Maths Challenge

    Talented mathematicians rise to the challenge

    25th November 2014

    Our A-Level pupils recently competed in the UK Maths Challenge.

    The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics. The UKMT organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for 11-18 year old UK school pupils.

    Four of our Year 12 students were successful in achieving a certificate. One student won best in school and achieved a silver award and three were awarded with bronze awards.


  • Democracy Empowers the Youth of Don Valley!

    3rd November 2014

    Active citizenship was in abundance as Don Valley student population elected their Student Parliament on Thursday 16th October.  The school hall was transformed into a polling station and a team of tireless Year 10 students worked to simulate a real election.  Form representatives valiantly battled for the honour of a seat on the Student Parliament, with poster campaigns and entertaining speeches delivered in assembly. 

    Students arrived clutching their polling cards, which they swapped for ballot papers, eag

  • Ski Trip 2014

    1st May 2014

    On 22nd February 30 students and 5 members of staff started their journey to Pila in Italy for the first ski trip the school has run in over a decade. Students ranging from Y8 to Y13, many of whom would be experiencing the sport for the first time would spend 6 days on the slopes of the Italian Alps.

    The trip was a huge success with many students making outstanding progress in their skiing and snowboarding ability. The weather was varied to say the least from blazing sunshine to heavy snow and students were

  • Bicycle

    Bicycle Storage

    17th January 2014

    All bicycles must be placed in the lockable bicycle storage unit during the academy day.  The unit will be locked at 9.00 a.m. and unlocked  at 2.45 p.m.

    Please do not leave your bicycle locked up against the fences.

    All bicycles brought onto the academy site remain the responsibility of the students and the academy accepts no responsibility for damage or theft to bicycles which have not been stored in the unit.


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    Dr Who and the Dalek at Don Valley

    11th December 2013

    To celebrate this November’s 50th Anniversary of Dr Who, Don Valley library held a special workshop with Dr Who author, Daniel Blythe.  Daniel has written two of the BBC Dr Who novelizations, has met many of the Doctors over the years and is an expert on the programme, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Dr Who trivia!  To add even more excitement, we also had a visit from a full-size and scary-looking Dalek.   One of our parents, is featured in the Guinness book of records as having the world’s largest coll

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    Are you interested in becoming a teacher?

    19th November 2013

    The Doncaster Regional Alliance for Teacher Training (secondary) DRAFTTs is an alliance of Doncaster Secondary schools, academies, Special schools & Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) working collaboratively to deliver high quality teacher training.

    For over 10-years the Doncaster ITT Partnership has worked closely with schools, academies, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and the University Centre Doncaster to train hundreds of teachers for Doncaster’s schools. Many former students are now in senior posts in

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    Shakespeare Schools Festival 2013

    23rd October 2013

    On Thursday 17th October, Drama students at Don Valley Academy took part in their sixth year of Shakespeare Schools Festival.

    The day began with a dress performance for Year 5 and 6 students from our primaries. The young audience enjoyed the comedy of Twelfth Night and the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Our main school and Sixth Form students then travelled to the Leeds Carriageworks for a professional style technical and dress rehearsal on the stage.

    It was a tense moment while we waited for the running order

  • Battle of Books

    ‘Battle of the Books’

    23rd October 2013

    September went out with a bang at the library, as we held a special ‘Battle of the Books’ workshop with Dave Cryer.  This was a special event to prepare some of our students to perform on stage at the new CAST theatre as part of the launch of the 10th Doncaster Book Award.

    In total, 35 students took part, some ‘old hands’ who have been in Pageturners for some time, and some who have just joined us this year and were really excited to be doing their first workshop.  The two books chosen for our ‘Battle’ were