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  • Billionaire Boy

    15th January 2016

    Don Valley student Elliot Sprakes recently took centre stage in his first major role in a new David Walliams adaptation. Elliot hit our screens on New Years Day as the star of Billionaire Boy, a classic rags-to-riches story.

    Elliot had four auditions before being given the role. Four weeks of filming followed in Sheffield, Rotherham and London, which was complete in October.

    “The best thing about the process was meeting everyone, I’ve made really good friends with some of the other actors. The most challengin

  • Barcelona 2016 Visit

    15th October 2015

    A reminder that the full balance for the Barcelona trip in March 2016 is due by Friday 11th December 2015. Payments can be made as and when via Parent Pay.

  • Music Celebrations

    16th July 2015

    Congratulations to Year 9 student Charlotte Carlile who recently passed her Grade 4 Flute exam.

    Also a big well done to Year 10 student Bethany Littlewood who has been offered a place in the National Youth Brass Band.

    We are extremely proud of both students!

     

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    Follow Don Valley PE Department on Twitter

    16th July 2015

    The Don Valley PE department has joined Twitter. Please follow @OfficialDVApe to keep up to date with all of their latest news, sports teams information, and educational tips.

    Don Valley PE Department Twitter page

  • Barcelona Trip 2016

    13th July 2015

    Deposits are now being accepted for Barcelona 2016. Parents/carers may make deposits only via. ParentPay once children have returned permission slips. If pupils have lost their letters, they need to pick up a new one from Miss Parkinson in L13. Initial deposits of £100 need to be in by Friday 11th September 2015. The total cost of the trip will be £513. If there is not enough interest in the trip, the trip will be cancelled and parents/carers will be refunded their deposit.

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to availability o

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    Carnegie - Discussion and Decisions!

    6th July 2015

    The Carnegie Book Award is designed to celebrate quality literature for young people and the standard of books on the shortlist each year certainly fulfils that remit.  As ever, this years’ selection were a challenging mix, covering themes as diverse as personal identity, parenting, racism, family relationships and the challenges faced by a young teenager suffering from Tourettes Syndrome.

    Our students rose to the challenge very well.  The weekly sessions examined the titles using a book review template, fac

  • Music News

    29th June 2015

    Congratulations to Year 8 student Adam Littledyke who recently passed his Grade 1 Drum exam with Merit. Well done!

  • 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.