Welcome from the Head Teacher
Visitors to Darrick Wood School frequently comment on our pupils' excellent behaviour, their positive attitudes to each other, to their teachers and to their learning. They are also struck by the clean, well presented, modern facilities and the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities offered. Our results at GCSE and A level, outstanding grading in successive Ofsted inspections, designation as a Teaching School and numerous accolades and awards provide further evidence of the School's excellent reputation locally and nationally. Our approach is encapsulated in what we call The Darrick Wood Way, which incorporates our agreed core values of respect, responsibility and honesty within a framework of high expectations, everyone working together to achieve the best possible outcomes in all that we do. We show a reverence for life, in accordance with the School’s motto, Revereor Vitam.
Investment in the very latest technologies and in the professional development of staff ensure we continue to challenge ourselves and seek new ways to prepare pupils for life in a rapidly changing world. I hope this website provides an insight into life at Darrick Wood, but if you cannot find the information you seek or would like to visit the School yourself please get in touch. I look forward to meeting you.
Dr M J Airey
"Darrick Wood School was judged to be outstanding by Ofsted when it was last inspected in 2008/09.
It was approved by the Secretary of State for Education to become an academy school in December 2010."
"The school provides an inspirational learning environment"
"Achievement and standards are outstanding"
"The excellent pastoral system has resulted in outstanding personal development"
"Students display respectful and exemplary behaviour"
"The school has an outstanding curriculum"
"Teaching and learning are excellent"
GCSE and A Level Results 2015
2015 has seen another excellent set of results at both A level and GCSE. At A level, 51% of grades achieved were A*-B, the pass rate was close to 100% and 11% of results at A*.
Jack Thain was the highest achiever with 4 A* grades and has successfully secured a place at Imperial College, London.
At GCSE, the School’s history of excellent results has been maintained, with 75% of pupils achieving 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Mathematics.
31% of GCSE results were an A* or A grade - a record for the School. 48% of the cohort achieved the English Baccalaureate group of subjects.
To achieve the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), pupils must achieve a C or above in the core academic subjects at Key Stage 4.
The EBacc is made up of: English, Mathematics, History or Geography, the Sciences and a language. Tonomoy Dhar was the highest achieving pupil, with 11A* grades.