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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 - 24/10/2014

Race Night
Last Friday the Friends of Charles Darwin School hosted a fund raising Race Night event as part of their fantastic fund raising work for the school. The event which was held in the Sixth Form Hub, was a great success not only in terms of the amount of money that was raised but also in terms of the enjoyment and amusement that it provided for those who supported the evening.
My thanks to the Friends Committee for organising this event. Particular thanks to Mrs Allum who I know spent a lot of time and energy making the preparations and to Mr Charles Miller for undertaking the onerous task of organising the greyhound racing footage, the accompanying betting and for being a funny and convivial presenter during a most enjoyable evening.
My thanks to all who attended.

End of half term
It has been a very busy, eventful and ultimately very rewarding half term with a number of major school events taking place.
Next half term will also be extremely busy with occasions such as Darwin’s Got Talent, the Christmas concert and the school production. I would like to thank all students and families who support such events and to wish all students and families a restful half term.

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Sunil Chotai


Sixth Form Open Evening


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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