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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 - 17/10/2014

Open Morning
My thanks to all students, parents and staff for their input into our extremely successful Open Morning last Saturday. Prospective parents spoke very positively about the school, its ethos and the welcoming nature of the students and staff. Given the fact that the exit data on Saturday indicated that we had record numbers visiting from a range of local primary schools this feedback was all the more pleasing.
Planning and preparation for this is very much a team event, involving everyone in our school, and I would like to thank all colleagues and students involved for their considerable efforts.
Each morning last week, from Tuesday onwards, we held parental tours for families to see the school in action. These were extremely well attended with over 90 families over the four days and it is clear that there is a lot of interest in our school. The comments received from parents were very positive with many emphasising the calm and welcoming learning environment and our friendly, happy and good-natured students.
Well done and thanks to all.

Prospective Governors’ Cheese & Wine Evening
As parents will be aware, we now have three vacancies on our Governing Body for Parent Governors. Governors play a particularly important role in supporting the school and its professional staff and in setting strategic direction and securing high educational standards. Parent Governors play an especially important role in this respect as they have a unique perception of the day to day operation of the school which contributes greatly to governor debates. The key qualities required would be commitment and enthusiasm towards improving standards and enhancing the image of CDS. Experience in a professional setting is not essential although a background in an area such as engineering and design, finance, law, management and marketing would help complement the skills of existing Governors.
Parents wishing to explore this option further may wish to attend a Cheese and Wine evening at the school at 7.30 p.m. on Monday 17th November when you will be able to meet representatives from the Governing Body and ask any questions you may have.

Sunil Chotai

Headlines - 10/10/2014

Sports Presentation Evening
Last week’s Sports Presentation Evening was a wonderful occasion at which we celebrated the sporting achievements of our students. Our Guest Speaker, Steve Brown, was truly inspirational and I would like to thank all those families who came along to support the event. I am constantly amazed by our students’ dedication to extra-curricular activities and it was fantastic to see so many students collecting awards. My congratulations to you all.

3G Opening
The official opening of our new 3G pitch last Friday went really well and I believe that we made it onto the front page of local newspapers and featured on Good Morning Britain and News Southeast. This is a fantastic coup! Despite the presence of such high profile media, Roy Hodgson and Mark Sampson spent a great deal of time talking to our students and even gave the girls’ team a few tips for their match later that afternoon (which, of course, they won!).
My thanks to John Burtonshaw for all his diligent work liaising with the FA and the Premier League throughout the last two years of this project .

Sunil Chotai


With fireworks season fast approaching we wanted to take this opportunity to both inform and reassure you that it is the intention of the Local Policing Teams in Bromley to rigorously enforce the law with regard to the unlawful use of fireworks.  We would also like to take this opportunity to make you aware of the following offences under the fireworks regulations:-

The full Letter from the Metropolitan Police is available here

Further information can be obtained from https://www.gov.uk/fireworks-the-law

Race Night

The Friends of Charles Darwin School invite you to a Race Night

Please join us in an evening of fun and entertainment

We would like to invite you to take part in a race night on Friday 17th October at 7:30 pm in the 6th Form building (by the Exit gate) at school (Over 18s only)
Entry on the night will be £2 per person.
This is a very informal event hosted by Charles Miller – as seen on BBCs One Show.
Bring your own drinks and snacks (and a few friends) for a fun evening, learning some Tic-Tac and betting on Dog Races.
Everybody welcome.
If you have any questions, please email Karinne Marshall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Headlines - 03/10/2014

New 3G Pitch
Today saw the opening of the school’s new 3G all-weather pitch. It was of course a great event for the school and we were very privileged to have two such prominent football managers attend. Roy Hodgson and Mark Sampson (the managers of the national male and female teams) officially opened the pitch and then oversaw a small selection of our students participating in a football coaching activity.
Parents may be aware that the development of this excellent resource was only possible as a result of a lot of hard work by three members of our school community who, after a very onerous process involving putting together a very detailed business plan, persuaded the Football Association, Premier League and Bromley Council to fund this development. My thanks to Mr Burtonshaw (Director of Sport), Mr Sharp and Cllr Benington (both Governors) for their considerable input.
A condition of the funding from the football authorities was that they could arrange a publicity event at our school to raise awareness of their support and commitment to grassroots football, and it was this event that we hosted today.
Whilst I would have liked more involvement from our students at the event it was very difficult to adhere to the requirements of the FA, the Premier League and the media and accommodate the 1200 or so students that we have on site at any given time. I have assured our students that we will endeavour to show them clips of the event in due course in assembly. Also we have been informed that parts of the event may be aired on GMTV on Monday or Tuesday next week.
As a school we are delighted that this new facility is now open for all our students and others in the community to enjoy. We have had a great deal of interest from football clubs and bookings have been taken well into next summer. Anyone wishing to book the pitch should call the Darwin Leisure Centre on 01959 540606 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sunil Chotai