IT’S all smiling faces at the start of the new term – which will also be the penultimate one at Darfield Foulstone School.
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Joint headteacher Stephen Ely said: “It’s good that in these last two terms before the school is united with Wombwell High to form the new ALC, there is a real optimistic glow around the place.
“The school will close on a high note in the summer and we fully expect the results this year will be the best the school has ever had”.
Among incentives designed to build pupils’ confidence and instil positivity has been the introduction of ‘Fantastic Fridays’ at the school.
Teachers and pupils have nominated each other for achievements or for being particularly helpful in some way, with names put in to a draw from which winners received chocolate prizes or tokens of appreciation.
Mr Ely, who is joint head with Sharon Bell, said: “We introduced a new code of conduct and made sure that achievements are recognised, to help everyone in the school feel good about themselves and that they belong, which is so important”.
Year 11 pupils who will not join the new school have played a major part in the transformation, by redesigning the uniform and being key players as members of the school council, he added. They also ran a successful Prom Fair.
“The school feels a different place to a year ago”, added Mr Ely. “It’s calm, purposeful and everyone’s got a spring in their step”.