Splashing the Cash for Pudsey

Staff and students wholeheartedly  sponsored the BBC’s ‘Children in Need’ this year by hosting a cake sale and non uniform day.  The grand total  of £1747.81 was raised and pictured are Year 9 students with Kath Pearson and Matt Davies from New Directions who kindly donated cakes too.

Thanks to everyone for contributing cakes to make our fundraising a success.

Balfour Trust Support for Duke of Ed at Darland

The Balfour Trust have donated the sum of £500 to Darland High School.

The money is being used to support the important work being done at the school with engaging students in outdoor activities and community work.

This year, the money will be used to develop the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme.  Mike Jones, who is a governor at the school , said ‘ I have worked in partnership with the Balfour Trust for two years and they have been really helpful and supportive of our students and staff. I know that Mr Coyne and the other staff who put so much work into developing the programme at Darland are really pleased because the money will enable students to complete their bronze award and begin their preparations for next year’s silver award work’.

The photograph shows the cheque being presented to Darland students Liam O’Toole, Deputy Head Boy and Abby Royce, Deputy Head Girl by Mr Mike Thompson of the Balfour Trust.

Defibrillator for Darland and Rossett Community

6 Year 9 students from Darland High School, along with Assistant Headteacher, Lisa Easton,  entered a competition run by the North Wales Ambulance Service, as part of the National ‘Restart A Heart Day’ in July. The competition was to win the school a defibrillator. It required entrants to put together a short video to explain why defibrillators are important and how students could disseminate the CPR skills they had learnt as part of ‘Restart A Heart Day’, to others in order to raise awareness. We are extremely proud to say that the entry from Darland was successful and, having won the competition, we will now be receiving a state of the art defibrillator which will be installed just outside the school  for use by the school and the community of Rossett.    The defibrillator will be presented to the students in a special assembly on Friday 27th October.

‘Hot Chocolate’ Friday

As part of the reward system here at Darland,  students enjoyed ‘Hot Chocolate Friday’ with the Pastoral Team.  They were excited to receive  their nominations from staff and brought along a friend to enjoy the experience.

The students were Imogen McCann (Yr11), Rufus Edwards (Yr7), Rico Cupit (Yr8) and Tyler Morris (Yr8)

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Cyber Bullying Performance

Darland were pleased to host a short concert by solo singer/guitarist Sion Hill. Sion gave two performances, to Year 7 and Year 8 respectively. They were treated to some of his own material and also enjoyed singing along to some well known covers. As well as entertaining the students with his musical talents, Sion also spent time talking to them about key issues including cyber bullying, resilience, self-esteem and appropriate use of social media. His performances were well received and all students enjoyed the experience.

GCSE Press Release 2017



Year 11 pupils at Darland High School were celebrating a terrific set of exam results. 65% of the year group achieved the ‘gold standard’ of five good GCSE passes including English language and Mathematics. Particularly impressive was the increase in the number of students achieving the very top grades, with 24% of the cohort achieving at least 5 A or A* grades.

 A delighted Peter Agnew, headteacher, commented:

‘This was the first year of the new GCSEs, representing a definite raising of the bar for students everywhere. It is a testament to the hard work of our students and staff that we have been able to continue our improving trend at Darland.’

 Among the high number of pupils who did exceptionally well were:

Owain Williams of Gresford : 10A* and 1A

Eva Sharples of Wrexham : 10A* and 1A

Bethan Davies of Wrexham : 9A* and 4As

Daisy Nelson of Gresford : 7A* and 5As

Adam Williams of Wrexham : 7A* and 4As

Also worthy of commendation were the triplet Malone sisters, Katie, Poppy and Morgan of Wrexham, who between them amassed 10A* and 11As

ISM Award for Darland

More than 15% of all GCSE students at key Stage 4 took and achieved and A*- C in music.  This puts Darland in the top 13 schools across Wales.  In recognition of the excellent work and achievement we have been awarded the ISM Silver Certificate in Music.

Congratulations to Mr Winterbottom for his commitment to music at Darland.  Well Done.


Doughnut Day at Darland

As part of Autism Awareness Day, Team ALN hosted a continental coffee and doughnut day. Finger licking fun was had by everyone and a grand total of £400 was raised.

Thanks to Morrisons, New Directions plus our other doners of doughnuts for your fantastic support.



“We Can Save A Life”

Year 8 students have learnt life saving first aid skills with the Red Cross as part of their Health and Well Being morning.  Other sessions included emotional well being, risky pictures, solvent abuse, contraception and a session from the Youth Justice Service.

Thank you to our deliverers for a very informative morning.

Wrexham Lions Peace Poster Winners Announced

Four Year 8 students have been recognised by Wrexham Maelor Lyons Club for their Peace Posters and have been presented with Certificates of Appreciation and prizes at a presentation at Glyndwr University today attended by Cllr John Pritchard, Mayor of Wrexham and Lady Mayoress Ann Pritchard.  Also present was Ann Monslow who organises the annual event within the Wrexham Maelor area.  The competition is open to local students aged 11 to 13 years of age.

Pictured are Ella Lloyd (2nd), Megan Royce (4th), Megan Adcock (1st) and Emily Benion (3rd)