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)



Darland Remembers

An impeccably observed two minute silence was held at Darland. At 11am, the school bell was the signal for The Last Post to be played by Year 10 student Robert Tarver. Students, staff and visitors stood in silence to remember those who gave their lives for the freedom which we all enjoy today.

Prefects and senior staff also represented Darland at Christ Church, Rossett and at the War Memorial in Wrexham on Remembrance Sunday.rem

Pop/punk band ‘White Eskimo’ visit Darland

The energetic pop/punk band ‘White Eskimo’ from the North of England visited Darland today to perform in front Years 7 and 8.  The band are travelling to various UK locations and are visiting 40 schools in November, we have been lucky to be one of them.  ‘White Eskimo’ performed their music and also delivered a drug and peer pressure message supporting the programs developed by the charity D.A.R.E.

This band formed at music college and their distinctive sound has brought them success, such as supporting the likes of McBusted on tour.  Their other claim to fame is that Harry Styles from ‘One Direction’ was one of the founding members.  Please take time to check out their latest video ‘Game Time’ on YouTube.

Charity Walk

Thursday 13th October dawned bright and sunny as students and staff enthusiastically gathered for the annual sponsored walk along the lanes of Rossett. The students were helping to raise money for Nyabigoma Primary School in Masindi, Uganda. The school has very poor toilet facilities and our aim is to raise £5000 to improve this aspect of their school life. Each year group was given a particular theme to make this challenging event memorable and fun. Waves of colour wandered along the lanes of Rossett as each year group wore a dedicated colour creating a colourful rainbow of walkers.

We Raised Over £6000,00 


Restart a Heart

Students from years 7 and 8 have recently participated in the European Restart a Heart Day. The aim of the day was to train as many young people as possible with the knowledge of how to save a life and to empower a new generation of life savers.

“Knowing I can make a difference really matters. If someone suffers a cardiac arrest I hope I will be able to step up to the challenge and start CPR. “ – MEGAN ADCOCK 8F 


Welcome Back

We hope you have all enjoyed the summer holidays.

A reminder that Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September are training days and the new term will commence on Monday 5th September for all students.

GCSE Examinations 2016

Darland celebrated its best ever exam results yesterday, with 71% of Year 11 achieving the gold standard of 5 GCSEs of at least a C including Maths and English.  This represents a 7% improvement on 2015 and a staggering 15% improvement on 2014! Results in Maths were up to 78% A*-C with a fantastic 32% of our students achieving A* and A.

There were many outstanding performances, including Emily Holden and Blythe Hallam both of Wrexham who achieved 10 A*s each.  Other notable performances were from Jake Aldridge (5A* and 4As), Callum McClean (4A* and 3As).  Helen Owen and Harvey Craddock (both 6As) and Jack Cade (5A*s)