Staff Wellbeing

The health and wellbeing of all our employees is of high importance.

Our workforce performs at a high pace to ensure our children exceed expectations and achieve outstanding results.  Therefore we are passionate about investing in the health and wellbeing of #teamdearne. Below are some samples of services recently provided to our employees.

Recently provided to our staff:

  • Car valeting, mobile mechanic service whilst you work, professional ironing and dry cleaning service to aid work/life balance.
  • Medical services including NHS health programmes, blood pressure checks, flu vaccinations, diabetes checks, smoking cessation services and counselling. 
  • Social events have included competing in the South Yorkshire Workplace Games where we won the ‘Spirit of the Games’ award.  Race nights and spa evenings have promoted positive mental health and empowered staff morale.
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Our commitment to staff wellbeing has been recognised throughout the Local Authority. In 2014 Barnsley Council presented a Silver Award for the achievement of good practice in workplace health.   

Key colleagues are trained in recognising and supporting mental health issues.  We provide bespoke prevention and early intervention strategies as an additional support to our employees.

We Have Been Selected

In 2015, we hosted a business conference on workplace health alongside Barnsley Council and XPO. The Dearne was invited to present a case study on our staff wellbeing strategies.  In summer 2016 the Dearne ALC were selected to be interviewed as part of a case study by RAND as part of a piece of research they are conducting on behalf of Public Health England which will explore the benefit of workplace health initiatives. 

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Our case study will be published as part of this research for the government in the near future. 

In addition to our recognition for promoting workplace health, we proudly secured Investors in People Bronze status.  This year we are on course to achieve the National Workplace Wellbeing Charter.





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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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