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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 - 21/14/2014

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.

Read the full newsletter - The Link

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


 

Sixth Form Open Evening 2014

Download an information pack here


 

Proposed Admissions Policy 2016/2017

Charles Darwin School is consulting on a proposed change to the School’s Admission Arrangements for 2016/7.  This change is the inclusion of two Primary Schools – namely Fairchildes and Warren Road to the list of named Primary Schools in criteria (iii).

The consultation on the proposed change for Charles Darwin School will run until Friday 27th February 2015. If you wish to submit your views please email Julie Hodgkinson, Clerk to the Governors, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  A copy of the proposed Admission Arrangements for 2016/17 can be found here.


 

Headlines - 07/11/2014

Friends
Last Tuesday at the Friends of Charles Darwin School meeting we discussed recent and future fundraising events and the Friends agreed to make another donation to the school, this time for £400, taking their recent donations close to £10,000. My thanks to everyone associated with the Friends for their generosity.
On the fund raising theme, the Friends have opened up an account with thegivingmachine.co.uk. This site lets online shoppers raise funds for charities at no cost to themselves. Retailers associated to The Giving Machine site have an agreement to donate a small percentage of the amount spent to a charity. So if you are intending to shop at say Amazon for Christmas and you access it via thegivingmachine.co.uk site and choose to donate to the Charles Darwin School Friends, the Friends would get a small donation from Amazon. Obviously if parents could make use of this site then it would be of great benefit to the school.

Information Evening
As families will have read in previous issues of the Link, we have three vacancies on our Governing Body for Parent Governors. In response to a few enquiries, the Governors will be holding an Information Evening on Monday 17th November starting at 7.30 p.m. in the Meetings Room by main Reception for any parents who may be interested in joining our Governing Body.
The evening will be an informal occasion (with cheese and wine) where parents can talk to members of our Governing Body and find out more about becoming a Governor.

The full Link is available here.

Sunil Chotai