The top 10 schools in Doncaster

Our children are the most important thing to us, and education has a huge impact on their lives. Invaluable things are learned at school and friendships are formed that can last a lifetime. Choosing the right school for your little ones and teenagers is no easy feat, so to make things a little easier, we have compiled a list of the top schools in Doncaster, so you can move to the area with confidence, knowing the kids will be happy, fulfilled, and successful during their school days.

Hall Cross Academy

Founded in 1350 as Hall Cross School and Doncaster Grammar School, Hall Cross Academy is proud of his history. Today, Hall Cross is a large, diverse, co-educational academy, in the heart of the local community, helping children from 11-18 find their strengths and have a thirst for learning. With a passionate teaching staff, a superb pastoral team to support pupils when they need it and plenty of opportunity for extracurricular activities. 

Ridgewood School

Ridgewood School began as a specialist engineering college and gained its academy status in 2015. A large school, currently teaching 1347 students from ages 11-18, puts excellence at the forefront of its values. With a fantastic Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) department, helping children with learning and behavioural difficulties and those on the autism spectrum, this is an academy where all children can excel. 

Scawsby Saltersgate Junior School

The top-rated primary school in the area, Scawsby Saltersgate Junior School believes in success and healthy competition under the guidance and teaching of a dedicated teaching staff. Sports and extra-curricular activities are encouraged and are harnessed to help prepare the children here for life after Scawsby Saltersgate when they leave at 11. 

Don Valley Academy

Don Valley Academy, formerly a performing arts college, is a local school in Scawthorpe, Doncaster for children aged 11-18. The core values of the school are to change the lives of everyone who passes through the school through belief in their abilities and collaboration. Its latest OFSTED rating was good, and this is evidenced by the school’s tireless commitment to its ethos. 

Park Primary School

Park Primary’s main goal is to create a happy, nurturing and safe place where children aged 3-11 can thrive and achieve their full potential. With the guidance of a passionate and committed teaching staff, Park Primary students are set up to excel beyond the walls of the school, and a focus is placed on preparing them for what comes next. 

The McAuley Catholic High School

The McAuley Catholic High School is a co-educational Catholic Academy which in 2003, became a specialist school for the performing arts. The school prides themselves on preparing children for the ever-changing world when they leave at 18. Through learning, faith and allowing the dedicated staff to support and encourage them, students realise their potential and excel here. 

Woodfield Primary School

Woodfield Primary School’s main goal is to provide a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment where children aged 3-11 to thrive and reach their potential. Their definition of ‘curriculum’ is a holistic approach to education, preparing the child for the next stage of their school life not only with knowledge but with confidence and skills that go beyond the academic. 

Doncaster University Technical College

An educational institution for 13-18 year olds with a difference, Doncaster University Technical College places emphasis on technology and science in their curriculum, giving students vocational skills they can apply to their future careers. They work closely with local employers and universities to give students tangible experience and incredible facilities to further their knowledge in their chosen field. 

St Peter’s Catholic Primary School

St Peter’s Catholic Primary School promotes high standards and good relationships with peers and teaching staff to their students aged 4-11. The school gives its community a supportive and engaging environment to enable strong, independent learning. With a good, dedicated SEN (Special Educational Needs) department, children of all abilities and with all needs are catered for and encouraged to reach their full potential. 

Outwood Academy Danum

This academy truly places students at the heart of everything they do. The passionate and dedicated teaching staff encourage independent study and aim to create an inclusive, supportive and engaging learning environment. High standards and good results follow and with a GOOD OFSTED rating, this is a place where children aged 11-18 can thrive and achieve.