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​​​​​​Message from the Headteacher​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Welcome to our website. This can only give you a small taste of what we are about so do get in touch and visit if you want to find out more.

Our students are at the heart of our school; from Years 7-9 they at our Leger Way site; Key Stage 4 students and the Danum Sixth Form are at the Armthorpe Road site. Everything we do is about ensuring their experiences help them develop into the best they can be, academically and personally, in a caring, supportive and well-disciplined environment. When students leave our care, we aim for them to be courteous, independent, and resilient young adults ready to use their achievements in school to carry them on to future success and happiness. Danum Sixth Form is a long established and very successful part of our school – in 2015, students' achievements put us into the top 9% of school sixth forms nationally.

We are proud of students' achievements and progress. We excel in many areas in the sixth form at a national level not just a local level. If you missed our open evening do book a visit to find out more. Yet again this year, our A Level students impressed us with their results. Most students went on to the courses they wanted at university, a good number went onto excellent apprenticeships, and the rest are proud to be starting their first jobs and making a positive contribution to society. This is all the more impressive when you know we have a broad inclusive sixth form taking some of the most able students through to those that many other sixth forms would turn away. No matter what their starting points, we guide them and teach them so success is achieved. KS4 results this summer are on track to be the best the school has seen, Year 11 are currently working hard in the final stages of exam preparation.

This inclusivity is a core value at our school. So the most academically able Year 7s are in the Excellence Academy for one and a half days per week, being stretched and challenged to start them on their pathway to the long-established Russell Group universities; our practically able youngsters in Y9-11 have started their vocational courses in hair, horticulture and motor mechanics or product design, engineering and catering. Meanwhile, the arts and sports courses continue to ensure students flourish and develop their talents. Our students who have disabilities never stop bringing home the medals as they compete in a wide range of sports: our Boccia teams are in the National Final in May. 

All our students are very well cared for as they grow into successful young adults; the school's high levels of care and guidance for its students are well recognised. We are justly proud of our school; not just for students' achievements and our committed staff but also because of the happy memories students gather from the wide variety of activities, trips and celebrations in which they participate.

From 1st September, we are moving from our current Trust (CfBT Schools Trust) to join the Outwood Grange Academies Trust family of schools. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to be part of one of the highest performing Trusts in the country. We are looking forward to it, knowing that our school and OGAT share the same core value: Students First. 

I hope you enjoy a tour of our website; do get in touch with us if you want to find out more. Book a visit, if you are thinking of sending your son/daughter to us or joining our sixth form.