DSMS is a smaller than average sized secondary school. Darlington School of Mathematics and Science is part of the Longfield Academy Trust. It became a sponsored academy on 1 January 2012.
Currently, a well above average proportion of pupils is eligible for pupil premium funding. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are looked after by the local authority and children from service families. Almost all pupils are from White British communities with a very few pupils from minority ethnic groups.