Sphinx House

Launch Day 2016

On our launch day we did a variety of competitions to establish our moto, charter, coat of arms, charity and our mascot. The whole team was split into a variety of groups and each group developed an idea for each. Towards the end of the day #dearnesphinx decided on what would represent us as a team by voting.

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Launch Day 2
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​Our Charter

  • ALWAYS feel part of Team Sphinx
  • Embrace the qualities of the Sphinx
  • Never be afraid to contribute
  • Believe in yourself and believe in Team Sphinx
  • Be determined and resilient
  • Inspire, motivate and support each other
  • Our value words are – RESPECT and INCLUSIVE


"Our strength lies in our differences not in our similarities" - Our Motto
"Respect and Inclusive" - Our Values

Below are our house captains. They were identified for willingness to undertake house tasks and have an ability to encourage and be positive role models within #teamsphinx across the year groups.

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Heads of House – Mrs Fisher & Mrs Cherry

The Heads of House, Mrs Fisher and Mrs Cherry are both really excited about the fantastic opportunity to work with all the year groups.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to work vertically with all year groups and embrace the opportunity to encourage team spirit and positive student leadership opportunities were developed for all".

Mrs Fisher Mrs Cherry


Our events are always shared on social media

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Sports Day

Our Sports Day with Sphinx House

Our Chosen Charity

As part of our charity work #dearnesphinx launched the Christmas shoe box appeal. This was rolled out to all houses for support and to collect a wide variety “treats”. Below is a response received from Able Seaman (Seaman Specialist) 1st Class Chris Kay, passing on his heartfelt thanks to everyone here at The Dearne ALC.

Help For Heroes
Shoe Box Appeal Sphinx
Shoebox Appeal 1
Shoebox Appeal 2

Letter of Special Thanks Received from Able Seaman (Seaman Specialist) 1st Class Chris Kay

Dear, Staff and Students,

I am emailing you in regard to the box that I have received whilst on deployment in the Arabian Gulf in HMS Middleton as part of Operation Kipion, I would like to pass on my heartfelt thanks to everyone at Dearne ALC and to say that your box provided a boost to morale and it means a lot to us out here that you can take the time, effort and money especially at this time of year to remember those that are away from home.

I am currently deployed in HMS Middleton which is a hunt class Mine Countermeasures Vessel usually based in Portsmouth, However we currently are doing a crew rotation system which involves flying crews out and into Bahrain where the ship is currently based for 3 years. My crew which is the Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron, Crew 6 are currently coming to the end of our 6 months here, and are due to fly home when relieved in the coming week.

And a bit about myself- I am Able Seaman (Seaman Specialist) 1st Class Chris Kay. I am serving as the Unit Communications Yeoman onboard which is a role that requires me to encode and decode signals via radio, flashing light morse code and flags from other ships and report on to the chain of command. I have served 14 years in various ships and shore establishments- HMS Raleigh, HMS Collingwood, HMS Illustrious, HMS Nelson, HMS Chiddingfold, HMS Ledbury, HMS Hurworth, HMS Cattistock and HMS Middleton.

As I close this email I would once again like to express my gratitude from all your generosity and would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year


Chris ‘Rocky’ Kay

AB(Sea)1 Chris ‘Rocky’ Kay

Unit Yeoman

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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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