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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 - 27/02/2015

Welcome Back
A very warm welcome back to Mrs Adams who successfully climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Help for Heroes [see right]. This is an amazing feat of courage and endurance and on behalf of all at Charles Darwin School I would like to congratulate Mrs Adams whose determination to raise funds for this worthy cause is truly remarkable.

Year 10 Higher Skills Day
My thanks to those students who attended the higher thinking skills day on Wednesday. The students participated in a variety of activities from lateral thinking to design and problem solving and were excellent ambassadors for our school. The speaker spoke very highly of their intellectual aptitude and was extremely impressed. I gather the event was a huge success which the students thoroughly enjoyed. My thanks too to Miss Endean who organised the event.

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Sunil Chotai


Headlines - 13/02/2015

Break with a Cake

On Thursday I enjoyed Break with a Cake with the students who were the main singers on the Year 7 charity CD – God Only Knows - and also the winner of the competition to design the CD’s cover. As always it was an excellent occasion. This time this talented group of students spoke about their love of all things artistic. They went to great lengths to tell me about their love of Music, Drama, Art and Dance and how being involved in these has helped them settle into school and develop confidence. They were a very impressive bunch!

Dance Competition

My thanks to Mrs. Rees for organising Monday’s Dance Competition which has now become one of our most prestigious events. It was a wonderful occasion and the performances were outstanding. My thanks to all the students who took part, they had all worked incredibly hard, and to all families who supported the event.

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Sunil Chotai


Friday's Bus Strike Called Off

Transport for London Strike update

We have been notified that the proposed strike by bus drivers on Friday 13th February 2015 has been CALLED OFF. School is of course open as usual and all pupils are expected in.

Mr Jones


Headlines - 06/02/2015


Unfortunately I was unable to attend the Year 11 BTEC Performing Arts examination piece (extracts from “Annie”) on Wednesday. The students worked extremely hard during the day in order to bring the show up to final performance level and I would like to thank them for all their hard work. My thanks too, to Sophie Eagle, Leah Martin and Shelley White who helped backstage.

Year 7 Progress Reviews

My thanks to all families who attended Tuesday’s Year 7 Progress Reviews. The event was very well attended with over 75% of parents coming along to discuss their child’s progress with their tutors. I spoke to a number of parents on the night and it was very pleasing to hear how well their children had settled into Year 7 and how well they were progressing. My thanks to all parents who attended the evening for their super support. My thanks also to the Friends of Charles Darwin who, as always, provide wonderful refreshments.

The full newsletter is available here- The Link

Sunil Chotai


Bus Strike Information

Parents may be aware that there is a another proposed transport strike that may impact the bus services that serve the school. The 24 hour strike is due to take place on Thursday 5th February 2015. The school will be open for a normal day. Should the strike go ahead, it may affect all services, some services or none at all. At this point in time we have no further information than this. I would strongly advise parents and carers to keep updated with the news of the proposed strike and to ensure that alternative provision, either through driving or car sharing with another family who drives to Charles Darwin. Please allow plenty of time for the journey as we would expect traffic to be more congested if the strike were to go ahead. Nearly all students were able to get to school on the day of the last strike in January and we hope that those that did not get in will make that extra effort to car share this time around.

There is a further strike planned for Friday 13th February. Please see www.tfl.gov.uk for the latest updates