The Dearne ALC, Goldthorpe Road, Goldthorpe, Rotherham, S63 9EW E-mail: Telephone: 01709 892211
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Who We Are

The Dearne ALC is a vibrant 11-16 comprehensive school based just off the A1 near to Barnsley.  We are proud of our students and staff who work hard to ensure our students achieve the best they can.  We became an Advanced Learning Centre (ALC) and moved into our £30m building in January 2011 are also rightly proud of our state of the art IT facilities and infrastructure.  


Our values

As a community, we are committed to uphold our 10 core values. They are: respect, determination, enthusiasm, trust, inclusive, honesty, dignity, courage, ambition and kindness. Students are rewarded for displaying our values  during their time in and around school.  

Our future

We are passionate not only about education, but most importantly improving the life chances of the young people we serve. We are a rapidly improving school, determined to deliver high quality education that brings about excellent attainment. Please visit our priorities page to find out more.



At the Dearne ALC you will find an aspirational and ambitious learning community dedicated to educational success.  We are all committed to securing great futures and life chances for every young person in our care.  We strive for excellence in all we do. 

I have had the privilege of leading The Dearne since January 2013 and have a great passion for my students, my staff and their shared success. It is a very special learning community, rapidly improving and driving forward.  We have transformed our school over the last 18 months – our ethos, our levels of success and above all, our ambition for what can be achieved. 

Leading the Dearne is both inspiring and humbling in equal measure. I have a very clear vision for The Dearne and have talented and creative staff to help ensure that vision becomes reality.  I believe we already deliver a great educational experience for our students and our young people, drawing from local, tight knit communities deserve a school that is outstanding in every way. 

Our shared goal is to deliver this in the next few years. Make no mistake; there is a journey to travel. We know that with the recent significant improvements in the quality of teaching to deliver student learning and progress, added to the overwhelming staff commitment to rapidly move forward, added to the transformation in ethos over the last few months, we are in a very strong position. As Principal I am extremely fortunate to work with a large, friendly and welcoming team of both teaching and support staff.

We are committed to training, developing skills and there are opportunities for leadership development at all levels, with all staff actively contributing their ideas in developing new ways of working. Above all, I thoroughly enjoy working with the young people at the Dearne .  Lively, energetic and with a great deal to say, they inspire me every day.  Our shared value words help create an ethos of hard work and ambition.  Our students deserve that! My offer is an open invitation which will allow you the opportunity to quickly recognise the special nature of The Dearne, our sense of purpose and our drive for future success. 


Mrs C Robinson