Headlines - 06/12/2013
My thanks to all students and families who attended last Friday‟s Presentation Evening. As usual the evening was a great success and it was wonderful to see the students receiving their well-deserved examination certificates. I was also pleased to see those students who had returned from University and to learn of their progress since leaving Charles Darwin School in the summer. Of course, I cannot fail to mention our Guest of Honour. Rob Higgins was on fine form and delivered a speech that reflected both his vast experience of public speaking and his renowned sense of humour. Mervin Sharp gave a moving address on behalf of the Governing Body and the Mayor of Bromley spoke about community spirit. It was a fantastic occasion which celebrated the superb examination results achieved by our students. My thanks too to the Friends who provided the buffet afterwards.
Tuesday evening‟s Christmas Carol Concert at St. Mark‟s Church was absolutely superb. The standard of performance we all witnessed from the full age range of our students was extraordinary, the singing, the musical instrument playing and even the dance (moving and swaying in time anyway) was absolutely fantastic. I was so very proud of them all. At the end of the evening when I spoke to parents as they were leaving it was clearly evident that they also were incredibly impressed with what they had seen. My thanks to Miss Mace for masterminding the whole occasion.
Headlines - 29/11/2013
Families will be aware that Ofsted inspected our school at the end of last half term. The findings outlined in the official report are very pleasing and confirm the schools own assessment that Charles Darwin School is a very good school with some exceptional features and I would like to take this opportunity to share the details of the Ofsted judgement in more depth.
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Headlines - 22/11/2013
Sponsorship of Biggin Hill Primary School
During the last few days the formal consultation process regarding the proposed sponsorship of Biggin Hill Primary School has progressed considerably. Consultation meetings with the staff, parents and professional association representatives from both schools have been undertaken and parents’ written responses have been considered.
I am happy to report that at this stage the proposal for the creation of a Multi Academy Trust comprising Charles Darwin School and Biggin Hill Primary School has been received by all parties with approval and much support. Just a reminder that the consultation ends on 29th November so if you would like to contribute to it then you can do so by completing the consultation feedback form available on our website.
In next week’s LINK I will report in detail following our recent Ofsted Inspection.
Headlines - 15/11/2013
Our Ofsted report has now been published and I am pleased to report that we have been judged to be a good school. This is particularly welcome as the School was inspected according to the new, extremely rigorous framework in place since September 2012. This assessment is indeed pleasing given that the thoroughness of this new framework has already led to many previously good or outstanding schools being re-graded as requiring improvement. It is therefore a significant endorsement that Charles Darwin School, last inspected in 2008, is still a good school with, as the report makes clear, many areas of significant strength. It is very encouraging that the inspectors believe that the School has substantial strength and certainly has the capacity to move to becoming outstanding in all aspects in the near future.
The report has been emailed to parents and is also available via our website – www.cdarwin.com. Hard copies may be collected from Reception.
Act of Remembrance:
On Sunday I attended the Biggin Hill Act of Remembrance with Lucy Bale and Tom Insley, Deputy Head Girl and Boy. The ceremony was also attended by a number of our other students, representing organisations such as the Air Cadets, Scouts etc. As always the Act of Remembrance was very poignant and the addition this year of a lone trumpeter playing The Last Post was wonderfully moving. I was extremely proud of the mature and considerate way in which our students conducted themselves both during and after the ceremony. They were superb!
Tuesday evening’s Friends meeting was a good meeting at which we discussed their fund raising activities. Unfortunately I was unable to attend Friday’s quiz evening as this clashed with the Year 7 Choir at Polhill, but I understand that it was a great success and raised more funds for the school. The Friends also have an exciting schedule of future events and once again I felt very proud to be amongst this group of dedicated, hardworking parents. At the meeting Ruth Jewell tendered her resignation as Chair due to an impending move away from the area. Ruth has been an outstanding and popular Chair who has worked tirelessly in raising the profile of the Friends. We will miss her enormously.