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Welcome to Charles Darwin

Choosing a secondary school is perhaps the most important educational decision a family has to make. I am confident that at Charles Darwin we provide an excellent educational experience for all pupils as our growing reputation in the area and our Ofsted report confirms. Last year we were heavily oversubscribed and the demand for places this year promises to be even higher.

My philosophy for education is based on a blend of proven traditional educational values together with the best from our more recent and improved understanding of how students access learning and are motivated to do so. This philosophy has been affirmed and strengthened over my time in teaching.

Latest News

Headlines - 12/12/2014

Rugby Success

On Wednesday evening I had the pleasure, in the bitter cold, of watching the Year 10 boys rugby team contest the Kent Cup final against a very formidable team from Dover Boys Grammar School. The match, held in Gravesend, was an excellent advertisement for sport and all that it can contribute to the education of young people. It was a very fiercely fought match, played in excellent sporting spirit by two strong sides determined to do their best to finish the season by winning the Kent Cup. Thankfully after taking a lead and seeing off a very resolute attempt to come back into the match from the Dover boys our Year 10 team had the edge and became very worthy winners of the Kent Rugby Cup for the first time.

My congratulations to the whole team for their excellent success. My particular thanks to Mr. Simpson and Mr. Lineker (parent) for their hard work, encouraging, training and nurturing our youngsters so effectively and to such success. My thanks also to all staff and parents who attended the final in Gravesend to support the team. I am sure they all appreciated your involvement and support.

Friends of CDS 

On Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending the Friends’ Christmas meeting at the Old Jail. It was a super evening where we discussed the events of the year and, of course, future fundraising ideas. I would like to take this opportunity to thank these wonderful people who do so much for our school.

I would also like to remind families that if you are buying on-line please go via www.thegivingmachine.co.uk which will raise further funds for our school.

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Sunil Chotai

Headlines - 05/12/2014

Christmas Concert
On Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending our annual Christmas Concert at St. Mark’s. It was an absolutely wonderful occasion. The various performances by the children were stunning and, once again, it made me very proud to be Headteacher of our school. I would like to thank all the students who took part and their families who supported the occasion.
Over the last few weeks, our music students have performed in a variety of locations and have raised the profile of our school enormously. I would like to say a huge thank you to all those students and, of course, to Miss Mace and the Music Department.

New Parent Governor
As families will be aware we have been seeking nominations for Parent Governors. Despite quite a lot of interest it was disappointing that in the end we received just one nomination. However, the nomination we did receive was from Thomas Coop and I am pleased to say that Thomas will join our governing body as a Parent Governor with immediate effect. On behalf of the Governors I would like welcome Thomas to the Governing Body and I look forward to working with him in the future. Thomas’s statement is reproduced below:
Although my daughter has only recently joined Charles Darwin, my two older children have passed through secondary education. Many parents know that this is an incredibly important phase in any child’s life, as I have found, and a good school cannot be taken for granted. Charles Darwin attracted us because of the very high values and expectations promoted by the senior leadership and staff, in addition to the vibrant and energetic curricular and co-curricular life of the school. As a teacher myself, I also understand the hugely positive impact a supportive and knowledgeable Governing body can have, as well as the difference it can make to the day to day working of the school. Of course I want Charles Darwin to be every bit as good a school when my daughter is in Year 13 as it is now, and better wherever possible. I believe that my personal and professional experience can be a benefit to the school as it strives to further secure its position as the best comprehensive school in the area.”

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Sunil Chotai

Headlines - 28/11/2014

Darwin’s Got Talent
Last Thursday’s Darwin’s Got Talent was an impressive occasion. I am constantly amazed by the wealth and breadth of talent our students’ possess and the confidence they show in their performances. My thanks to all the students who took part and to the families who came along to support them.

Biggin Hill Christmas Lights Event
My thanks to Courtney Noakes and Sophie Eagle who sang at the switching on of the Biggin Hill Christmas lights event on Saturday. Our music department has been in such high demand this year that unfortunately they were unable to attend. However, Courtney and Sophie went along, introduced themselves to the organisers and having arranged their own backing tracks performed to their usual incredibly high standard showing what excellent ambassadors they are for our school.

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Sunil Chotai

Headlines - 21/11/2014

Year 11 Work Reviews
My thanks to all parents and students who attended the Year 11 Work Reviews on Tuesday. It was a very useful and productive evening, allowing us to motivate and enthuse our Year 11 students through detailed conversations reviewing performance and progress at this crucial period in their GCSE year. During the evening I spoke to a number of parents who were all very supportive and appreciative of the terrific work departments and individual staff are undertaking with their children as we attempt to ensure as much success for each individual student as possible.

Parent Governors
On Monday evening I attended the cheese and wine information evening for parents interested in joining our Governing Body. It was a very interesting evening and it was good to meet some parents who clearly feel very passionate about the school and the current educational landscape. The next stage in the process is to seek nominations for our three Parent Governor vacancies and nomination forms and further details are enclosed with this week’s copy of the LINK. Please note that nomination forms should be returned to the school no later than 3.00 pm on Wednesday 3rd December.

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Sunil Chotai

Headlines - 14/11/2014

Remembrance Sunday
Last Sunday, I attended the annual Biggin Hill Act of Remembrance with senior students Harley German and Jessica Burrell to lay a wreath in honour of the fallen service men and women at the Biggin Hill war memorial. This year even more so than usual it was a very poignant occasion, I assume because of the 100th anniversary of the First World War. The occasion was attended by a very large group of people and there was a very affirmative feeling in the air about our local community.

I was particularly pleased by the number of young people present from our school: their commitment and sense of respect for the occasion was really good to observe. My thanks to both Harley and Jessica for their involvement on behalf of the School.

Information Evening for Prospective Governors
All parents interested in becoming a Parent Governor are invited to attend our Prospective Governors Information Evening which is being held in the Meetings Room in main Reception at
7.30pm on Monday 17 November. Please come along and meet some of our Governors and find out what you could do for our School.

Sunil Chotai