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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 - 19/09/2014

We Need You!
On Monday we held the first full Governing Body meeting of the year. Spencer Roberts has agreed to continue as Chair and Dolores Bray Ash as Vice Chair. Both give an enormous amount of time to the School and I would like to thank them for the work they have done and for continuing in these very demanding roles.
The Governing Body currently has three Parent Governor vacancies. 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 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 complement existing governors’ skills.
The responsibilities of governors are varied and interesting and cover all key educational and managerial areas.
We will be holding a cheese and wine evening at the school shortly where interested parents will be able to meet representatives from the Governing Body and ask any questions. In the meantime if any parents are interested in putting themselves forward they should contact Julie Hodgkinson on 01959 578806.

Sunil Chotai




Headlines - 12/09/2014

Good Start to the Year
Whilst we are only in week two I would like to commend all our students on the superb start they have made to the new academic year. There is a good sense of purpose across the school and the standard of uniform on the whole has been excellent. Our new Year 7 students have settled in well and those to whom I have spoken seem to be thoroughly enjoying life at their new school.

3G Pitch Update
The work on our 3G pitch is nearing conclusion and is on schedule to be handed over to the school later this month. The Football Foundation will be providing an as yet unknown celebrity to officially open the facility. We have already had a great deal of interest from a number of clubs for long-term bookings and those wishing to use the facility should contact the Darwin Leisure Centre to avoid disappointment.

Sunil Chotai

Headlines 05/09/2014

Welcome Back
Welcome back to all our students and a particularly warm welcome to our new Year 7 students. I hope all families enjoyed the summer break and that students have returned refreshed and ready to take on the challenges that the new school year will bring.
Whilst we were enjoying our break, the school’s Site Team were hard at work refurbishing various areas of the school. A new classroom in the VQ area has been established, LED lighting has been installed in the gym, Sixth Form Hub and music corridor, classrooms have been carpeted, corridors painted, fire extinguishers replaced and the Sixth Form Hub has a new roof. We have also installed an additional water fountain in Student Services and an outdoor food pod in the picnic area which will sell a selection of wrapped food and drinks at lunch time thereby reducing queuing time in the dining hall. My thanks to the Site Team for their hard work.

3G Pitch
Construction of the new 3G pitch is now well underway and if all goes to plan should be completed in the next few weeks. Could I remind parents that one of the conditions of the grant for the new pitch is that only moulded stud boots can be worn. Flat-soled trainers, screw in studs/blades and astro-turf shoes are prohibited.

Sunil Chotai

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