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  • COVID-19 Information and New Year 7 transition September 2020

    Published 19/03/20
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  • YEAR 8 OPTIONS Process 2020

    Published 19/03/20

    In light of recent developments I am writing in regards to the Year 8 Options process and the steps now necessary to continue with this.

    Students currently in school

    If your son or daughter is still in school then could I ask that they return their forms to form tutors please as soon as possible.

    Students currently not in school

    There are 2 options for students that are currently not in school

    1. You can email me directly with your son/daughters’ option choices, in order of preference
    2. Alternatively you can return the form to school making sure it clearly states FAO: Mr Simpson – Options

    In all cases please could you make sure that the following is considered:

    • Write the option choices in order of preference (1 being the most preferred).
    • Give particular thought as to the reserve choices and the order in which they are given. Unfortunately although we do try to give students all 4 of their choices this is not possible and reserves will need to be used in a number of cases.
    • If there is any reason that you do not want your son/daughter to take up an option which has already been highlighted on the form can I ask that you as their parent/guardian write a short note to outline this, cross out the subject and write the new option in its place

    I can also assure you that I will not start the process of allocating options to students on a first come first served basis and will wait until the deadline for returns has happened (1st April).

    If you have any concerns or issues please do not hesitate in contacting me via email (

    Jon Simpson
    Assistant Headteacher

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  • Y8 Option Appointments Postponed as of 17 March

    Published 16/03/20
    As a result of current government advice around public health, as with all large organisations, it seems that staff attendance is likely to be effected at our school.  In anticipation of this, we have taken the decision to postpone the scheduled
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  • Helplines During Covid-19 Pandemic Period

    Published 02/04/20
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  • Dancers Excel at Charles Darwin School's 23rd ANNUAL DANCE COMPETION

    Published 14/02/20
    The final of Charles Darwin School’s twenty third annual Dance, Choreography and Performance Competition was held on Monday 10 February in front of a very supportive audience. This year 12 different dance acts from Years 7 to 12 competed for th
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  • Charles Darwin Dancers' Success at Bromley School's Dance showcase

    Published 29/01/20

    On Monday 27th January Thrive Dance Company and our A Level dancers went to Langley Park Performing Arts Centre for a Bromley School’s Dance Showcase. This had been organised through collaboration between dance teachers in the borough and it was great to celebrate dance within the Bromley area. Here schools showcased dances from a range of areas such as exam pieces, extra-curricular work, Key Stage 3 pieces within the curriculum or students’ own work.


    Our girls were as professional as they always have been showing great discipline during the technical and dress runs whilst also being supportive of other schools. The quality of our dances were impressive and we received many compliments from other teachers and students: not only with the choreography of the dances but also the performance from our students. Thrive has taken on a number of new year 7’s this year and they are certainly helping keep the bar high!


    As always, another successful showcase of dance at Charles Darwin School, well done!


    Miss Abbotts


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  • Legally Blonde's Huge Success

    Published 17/01/20

    The school production of Legally Blonde took place on the 16th, 17th and 18th December. Students performed to a packed audience every night and produced an incredibly professional performance.  The cast, crew and orchestra, also had matinee performances to members of the local community and to local primary schools which were also excellently received.

    Legally Blonde is a tricky musical to stage with complicated location changes, challenging music to play and lots of big song and dance numbers. Students had been rehearsing for the show since September. Hours were spent at lunchtime and after school, learning the songs, perfecting dance routines, rehearsing with the orchestra, painting set and developing characterisation.

    However students more than rose to this challenge, performing with energy, focus and outstanding commitment. Audience's responded brilliantly, eagerly watching Elle Wood's triumph at law school and her blossoming relationship with Emmett Forest. 

    The Expressive Arts faculty are really proud of all of the students involved and the hard work and dedication they put in. The success of the production was down to the efforts of a huge team; the students performing or helping backstage, the support and direction of Expressive Arts staff, parents who supported with costume and line learning and staff who came along to watch or who helped with the running of the show.

    Thank you to everyone who came along to see the production and a big well done to the students for making it such a success.

    Miss Currie,  Head of Expressive Arts

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  • French,Belgian & German Christmas Markets

    Published 19/12/19

    That time of year came around again quickly for the MFL department... Christmas Market Trip time!  On 6-8th December, Miss Wood & Miss Kaye had the great pleasure of organising and taking 46 pupils from Year 9, 10 & 12 who study French or German at GCSE/A-Level, along with Miss Abbotts & Mr Lamb, to French, Belgian and German Christmas markets.  What a treat!  En route, we visited firstly Namur in Belgium, followed by two Christmas markets in Aachen and Monschau, Germany, and finally en route back home, Lille in France.  Our youth hostel was in the cosy and picturesque little German town of Monschau with its authentic Christmas market which we enjoyed on our second evening.  All the markets were fantastic, but the highlights of the trip according to pupils were the big Ferris Wheel in Lille, enjoying hot chocolates with lots of cream in boot-shaped mugs in Aachen and feeling like locals in Monschau whilst enjoying the traditional atmosphere and munching on Bratwurst mit Pommes (sausage with fries) and crêpes in Monschau!  It was such a successful trip and we are already looking forward to next year's trip!

    Miss Wood

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  • Sixth Form Open Evening - Thursday 21 November 2019 from 6.00pm to 8.30pm.

    Published 10/10/19
    Sixth Form Open Evening for entry in 2020-21 will take place on Thursday 21 November 2019 from 6.00pm to 8.30pm. 
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