Hall Cross Academy

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Hall Cross Academy
HallCrossSchool Lion.png
Hall Cross Academy Logo
Motto Confort et liesse (Welfare and Jubilation)
Established 1350
Type Academy
Headteacher Pippa Dodgshon
Specialism Science
Location Thorne Road
Doncaster
South Yorkshire
DN1 2HY
England Coordinates: 53°31′23″N 1°07′29″W / 53.523106°N 1.124831°W / 53.523106; -1.124831
DfE number ???/4062
DfE URN 137842 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 2055
Ages 11–18
Former pupils Old Danensians
Former names Doncaster Grammar School, Hall Cross Comprehensive School
Website Hall Cross Academy

Hall Cross Academy (formerly Hall Cross School and Doncaster Grammar School), founded in 1350, is a co-educational academy in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England.

Admissions[edit]

The academy is split over two sites, with the Upper academy located in the centre of Doncaster (in the Town Fields area) and the Lower academy in the north of Bessacarr, near the Dome. Hall Cross academy has specialist status as a Science College. The total number of pupils who attend the academy is over 2,000. It features as an integral part of the community, providing access to facilities for many primary schools, which also form part of its large catchment area. The headteacher of the academy is Pippa Dodgshon.

It is named after the Hall Cross on Hall Cross Hill, on the opposite side of the main road through Doncaster.

The Library and Christchurch House[edit]

The library building is the oldest building on the Town Centre site, it was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and was built in 1869. Downstairs it features a plaque which can still be seen to this day, dedicating the building to Queen Victoria. The library is a classic example of Victorian Gothic Revival, featuring a large Hammerbeam roof decorated with flowers cut into the massive oak beams which may in fact be stained pine. The building also features a tower at one corner. Inside, the library features two massive Gothic style glass windows at either end, one of them being stained glass, designed and executed by former pupil C. Rupert Moore, which was unveiled in 1938 as a tribute to "Old Boys" from the school who died in World War I. The library features a large amount of Victorian plaques, dedicated to past headteachers of the school, men from the school who died in both wars, and other various things. The most recently added one commemorating when Prince Charles visited the school in 1989. By number of books, the library is the biggest school library in Doncaster, and is largely used by the 6th form.

Christchurch house is the school's equivalent of a "6th form block". It is a large detached Victorian Townhouse which overlooks the local church that the house is named after. The house features a grand wooden staircase, stained glass skylights, and a statue of the Venus de Milo which originally resided in the Girls' School, built in 1918. When the school was disbanded, the statue was moved to Hall Cross academy.

Remembrance Day[edit]

Remembrance Day is one of the most important days in the academic calendar. The academy has held a ceremony every year since 1918 to remember those who attended the school and died in battle. The service begins at 9am. Speeches are made by the Head Teacher who gives thanks to those who died in conflict. Two poppy wreaths are then carried down the corridor to the library by the Head Boy and Head Girl. They are then laid by the World War one and World War two plaques respectively, whilst the Last Post is played on the trumpet, with the sounds carrying through to the library.

Trivia[edit]

High Speed Train Power Car no. 43045 was named 'The Grammar School, Doncaster AD1350' in Spring 1984.[1] It is now in service with East Midland's Trains and does not carry its former name. The nameplate removed from the locomotive can be found in the tower of the Academy along with a large collection of railway memorabilia.

Notable Faculty Members[edit]

Alumni[edit]

Hall Cross Comprehensive School[edit]

Doncaster Grammar School for Boys[edit]

Doncaster Grammar School for Girls[edit]

Old Danensians[edit]

Alumni and former staff of Doncaster Grammar School, Doncaster High School for Girls, Hall Cross Comprehensive School and Hall Cross Academy, known as Old Danensians, are able to join the Old Danensians' Club.

The object of the Club is to maintain connections between past members of the School with one another and the School, and generally promote the welfare of the foundation.[12]

Hallcross Academy[edit]

The 2012-2013 term saw the establishment change its name to Hall Cross Academy.

Academic performance[edit]

The school gets GCSE results slightly above average. At A-level it performs well, with some of the best results in South Yorkshire, and the third best in Doncaster LEA. Results in Doncaster at GCSE are notably low, but they are much better at A level, similar to the situation in Grimsby and Hull.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.abrail.co.uk/Mag%2047.htm
  2. ^ "Hall Cross hockey star scores at the Olympics". Doncaster Free Press. 20 August 2008. 
  3. ^ Geddes, Tanya (27 July 2000). "FIVE WILL RECEIVE TOWN'S TOP HONOUR". South Yorkshire Times. 
  4. ^ Marsden, E. (1952). Obituary Notices. 
  5. ^ Lynton, Norbert (25 May 2006). "Obituaries – Derek Hirst". The Independent. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  6. ^ Roger Needham
  7. ^ "Professor John Richmond". The Times (London). 2008-04-30. 
  8. ^ Hendry, David F (1996-04-19). "OBITUARY : Professor Denis Sargan". The Independent (London). 
  9. ^ Bourke, J.B. (1997-05-14). "Obituary: Professor James Scott". The Independent (London). 
  10. ^ "John Whaley". The Independent (London). 2005-08-05. 
  11. ^ Williams, Kay (2001-09-10). "Madge Adam". The Guardian (London). 
  12. ^ "Old Danensians' Club". Retrieved 2008-09-16. 

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