The Dorcan Academy

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The Dorcan Academy
The Dorcan Academy Logo.png
Motto Aspire to greatness
Established 1970
Type Academy
Headteacher Sherryl Bareham
Deputy Headteacher Malcom Coombes
Chair of Governors Jacquie Rains
Location St Paul's Drive

England England
Coordinates: 51°33′37″N 1°43′49″W / 51.56021°N 1.73029°W / 51.56021; -1.73029
DfE number 866/4060
DfE URN 137684 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 140
Students 1,022
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Colours Royal Blue, Sky Blue and Amber
Former name Dorcan Technology College

The Dorcan Academy is a mixed secondary school in Swindon, Wiltshire, for students aged 11 to 16. Since December 2011 it has been an academy.


Dorcan Comprehensive School was built in the 1970s, later becoming Dorcan Technology College. The ethos of the school is to allow access to a broad curriculum which covers both academic and work-related learning giving students the choice of which path their education should follow. Most students opt to combine the two leaving their options open for further education.

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

After school clubs are organised by staff at the beginning of each term.[1]

  • Team practice in a wide range of sports
  • Drama productions, instrumental, performing and vocal activities
  • Use of the art rooms and school computers during breaks and after school
  • STEM club (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
  • Media, history, geography, business, ICT and modern languages clubs
  • Breakfast club — 8.00 to 8.40 am
  • Access to staff in the Learning Centre for support with homework — 3.00 to 5.00pm
  • Theatre trips, adventure holidays in Gloucestershire, residential trips abroad to France, Germany, Poland, Russia, and the United States, Worldwide Expedition to Kenya
  • Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Ofsted and academic performance[edit]

In March 2009, the school became a Foundation School. Since 2005, the percentage of pupils achieving grades A*-C in five GCSE has steadily improved. Following the disappointment of the 2007 inspection, reports have followed a similar pattern of steady overall improvement, with the school gaining an overall rating of "satisfactory" in 2011.[2]


  1. ^ "2013-14 activities list" (PDF). School website. 
  2. ^ "2011 Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted. 

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