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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 18/07/2014

3G Pitch Footwear

Next week work will begin on our new 3G pitch and we anticipate that it will be completed by the middle of September. One of the conditions of the grant for this pitch is that only moulded stud boots can be worn. Flat-soled trainers, screw in studs/blades and astro turf shoes will be prohibited. If families are intending to purchase new football boots over the summer holidays I would be grateful if they would bear this in mind.

Year End is Nearly Here

I am sure that students and their families are very much looking forward to the coming summer break. The year, without question, has been a very successful and productive one. Apart from the obvious success of the Ofsted inspection we have progressed considerably in so many of our priority areas. I am aware that staff and students have worked incredibly hard and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very enjoyable and restful summer break.

Sunil Chotai

Headlines 11/07/2014

Mayor’s Reception

On Thursday I had the absolute pleasure of attending a special reception held at the Civic Centre in Bromley as a guest of the Mayor. The evening itself was an extremely enjoyable occasion and was held in honour of the many volunteers who work so hard within the Borough. Of course, the highlight of the evening for me was the entertainment provided by our students. They were simply amazing. It was unfortunate that due to the rain the performance by X-Tol Dance Company was cancelled but singers Dan and Alex Dunmore, Jordan Quinn, Sophie Eagle and Courtney Noakes treated the guests to a stunning performance. My thanks and congratulations to the students who made me very proud to be there as Headteacher of Charles Darwin School.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Last weekend our Duke of Edinburgh Award students completed their Bronze practice expedition. I gather that the four teams did exceptionally well and although one team did get a little lost, they returned safely in the end. As a number of parents commented, such events are character building and my thanks and congratulations to all the students who took part.

Sunil Chotai

Industrial Action 10th July 2014

As a consequence of Industrial Action the school will be partially closed on Thursday 10th July.  Students in Years 7, 8 and 12 should attend school as normal.

 

School will be closed to students in Years 9 and 10.

 

We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause.

Headlines - 04/07/2014

Year 12/13 PA Productions
As families who attended last week‟s Sixth Form Performing Arts productions will know, RU Connected and The Audition were absolutely superb. The students were outstanding and everyone I spoke to said they had enjoyed the evening immensely. Such productions do not just happen; they are the result of hard work from students and staff alike. My thanks to Mrs. Bird and her team who have worked so hard with these students over the years and my congratulations to all who took part.

Year 11 Ball
Last Friday‟s leavers‟ breakfast followed in the evening by the leavers‟ ball were two splendid Year 11 events which marked the completion of this cohort's Key Stage 4. The evening was particularly impressive and the students all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Able Gifted and Talented Showcase The Able, Gifted and Talented Showcase evening was another fantastic event. The range and style of the presentations, the quality of the displays and the cultured  nature of the student interactions with the audience made this a particularly special evening for me. Congratulations to the students who made this a night to remember.

Sports Day
Wednesday‟s Sports Day was yet another event in an extremely busy week. It was wonderful to see so many students taking part and we were blessed with fine weather. Yet again, school records were broken and the team spirit amongst the students was a delight to witness. I would like to thank all the students who made the day such a success.

Thank You
It goes without saying that all these events involve a great deal of hard work from our students and staff and a great deal of support from parents. I am constantly amazed at the commitment shown by the students and staff at Charles Darwin School. I would like to thank everyone involved in these events, including parents who always go the extra mile to support our out of normal hours events.

Sunil Chotai

Headlines - 27/06/2014

Sixth Form Leaver’s Ball
It was an absolute pleasure to attend last Friday‟s Sixth Form Leavers‟ Ball at the Bromley Court Hotel. The students looked fantastic and it was uplifting to hear from them how much they had enjoyed being at Charles Darwin School and their aspirations for the future. My very best wishes to them all.

A Busy Week
This week has been action-packed. Tuesday‟s annual Creative Explosion exhibition was absolutely superb. The quality and variety of the work on display from Art, Technology, Photography and Textiles really demonstrated the wealth of creative talent we have amongst our students and staff. On Wednesday we hosted the Bromley Schools‟ Rounders Tournament which, as usual, was an impressive and exciting event and on Thursday some Year 6 pupils joined us for Singles Day, taking part in activities designed to help them get to know each other prior to starting in September. This was another successful and enjoyable event for all concerned. My thanks to all the staff involved in these events and to our students who are such wonderful ambassadors for our school.

Potential Industrial Action
Families may have heard in the news that members of the NUT union have voted in favour of strike action in connection with a national dispute with the Secretary of State for Education over changes to pensions, workload, conditions of service, including pay and progression and job loss. This may have an impact on our school in that we may not be able to admit all students on that day. I am currently gathering information about the number of staff who will be taking part in the action. Once the impact has been assessed parents will, of course, be informed.

Sunil Chotai