Recruitment and Vacancies


A letter from the principal

Welcome to the exciting opportunities offered by working at The Dearne ALC.

I am delighted you are interested in joining my team; a highly ambitious, aspirational group of professionals who are raising standards and significantly improving the life chances of the young people of Barnsley.

Joanne Wilson | The Dearne ALC

The Dearne is a very special learning community filled with talented and creative staff, all of whom share my vision for excellence in teaching and learning. The last four years have seen a positive transformation of almost every aspect of our work. With rapidly rising results and a collective drive for improvement, this is exactly the right time to join the team!

Ofsted commented that our shared Dearne Value words - 'ambition, respect and kindness are publicised and promoted throughout the school'. If you embody those values as well as high aspirations, then you will be very successful working with us!

Opportunities at the Dearne ALC offer the right ambitious candidates the chance to work with all staff at all levels to directly impact on school improvement. A passion for improving learning and outcomes for students through high quality teaching and innovation are key requirements.

We have high ambitions for our children’s success and for our staff and their practice. Our staff are be committed to rapidly deliver an ‘Outstanding’ provision and have recent experience of achieving outstanding results. As a member of our team you will be nurtured and developed.

It is a privilege to lead The Dearne. I am passionate about my students and my staff. The school has a shared sense of purpose and a vision for success which inspires me on a daily basis. If you are appointed, you will belong to a truly aspirational body of professionals who really care about our young people.

With Kindest Regards,

Joanne Wilson | Principal


Why join our team?

The students at the Dearne are a wonderful group of young people. They are lively, outgoing and have much to say for themselves, a characteristic we encourage! We believe they deserve an education that is outstanding, full of ambition and aspiration. That is what you commit to providing, if you work at The Dearne.

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In December 2016 OFSTED praised our students highly:

“Pupils are smartly dressed; they like their uniform and are proud of their school. They are appreciative of the recent improvements in the quality of education they are receiving and they respond positively to the school’s ethos of pursuing excellence.”

“The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils are helpful, polite and courteous to staff, visitors and to each other. The atmosphere in school is positive, supportive and caring.”

“Pupils conduct themselves well around the school in a calm and orderly manner, both during and between lessons, breaktime and lunchtime.”

We recognise this as being our school on a daily basis and know our students are fine young people whose futures are worth committing to.

The Dearne Community

The Dearne ALC is a learning community where great things are really happening! We serve the communities of Goldthorpe, Bolton upon Dearne and Thurnscoe in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and although we are set in beautiful countryside we are within easy access, via the M1, M62 and A1 of Leeds, Wakefield, Sheffield and surrounding areas.

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We are dedicated to being an outstanding employer. Our robust recruitment and selection process is designed to ensure that excellent professionals are appointed so that they drive attainment and raise standards in our progression to becoming a good and ultimately outstanding School.

The Dearne ALC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect our employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Our Investment to Staff

The health and wellbeing of all our employees is of high importance. We recognise our workforce perform at a high pace to ensure our children exceed expectations and achieve outstanding results. We are passionate about nurturing and supporting our team throughout their career through providing tailored CPD programmes and in-house health and wellbeing provisions.

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Come and See for Yourself

We actively encourage you to visit our school and experience the vibrant environment that is the Dearne ALC. The Executive Team and leaders across the organisation welcome you to come and take a tour of our facilities while they answer any questions you may have about your future career here at the Dearne.

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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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