20 July 2017

Year 10 Work Experience


Our Year 10 students did everyone proud as they took their first steps into the world of work on a two week work experience programme this summer.  The Dearne ALC is fully committed to ensuring that our young people are given every chance when it comes to work related learning and we'd like to give a special mention to the 44 students that won an award for demonstrating outstanding employability skills.

It has been a joy to read the feedback given to us by employers about our students and we think that this one sums it up.

"This bunch of Dearne students have been one of the best that we have experienced.  The students really embraced their chance at work experience and enjoyed it.  They are a real credit to The Dearne ALC".


A huge thank you to the incredible team of Catherine Carruthers and Colette Ellis, who worked tirelessly to find high quality placements for all students.

Case study: Kacey McDonnell

Kacey McDonnell is just one of the students who won an award for outstanding employability skills on her work placement.  She undertook a placement at NPS Group in Barnsley in the Design department.  Kacey was initially unsure as to whether working for a Construction company would be beneficial to her as her main interest is Art.  

Kacey McDonnell

However, she accepted her placement with an excellent attitude and continued to shine with her professionalism and enthusiasm during her entire time.  She has really widened her opportunity awareness by shadowing Design Engineers, Architects and Quantity Surveyors.  And she even found the time to design her own house from scratch using specialist software!  When asked at the end of her placement if she could now see the link between Construction and Art, Kacey confirmed that the connection had been made and that she was now considering a career within the Construction industry in a design field. 

Mrs Carruthers, who leads on Careers in school, said "I am so proud of Kacey for her excellent attitude towards her placement, even when she thought it would be of no use.  She has impressed her employers and shown that you truly get out what you put into work experience".



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“Pupils are helpful, polite and courteous to staff, visitors and to each other. The atmosphere in school is positive, supportive and caring.” Ofsted 2016

Ofsted 2016

“The teaching of mathematics is effective. Most pupils make good progress in this subject.”


68% of students make expected progress or better

More able

“They are given a significant range of extra opportunities which prepare them well for life beyond the school. These pupils speak with passion and confidence about their ambitious aspirations for the future.” Ofsted 2016


of more able students achieved an A or A*

Students leaving with 5 A*-C grades, including English and maths

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