Darrick Wood School is a mixed comprehensive secondary school in Orpington, Kent.
Darrick Wood School first opened in 1975. During the first term, because the buildings were not finished, the staff and children were transported to Charles Darwin School in Biggin Hill for their lessons. Mr Turner served as Head Teacher for the first ten years from 1975 until 1985.
Mr Barker then served as Head Teacher from 1985 until he retired as Head Teacher in December 2000. The Governors named the new main building The Barker Building in recognition of Mr Barker’s achievements as Head Teacher. Alongside many other achievements, the school underwent a huge capital project in January 1994 to provide purpose-built accommodation for what was planned to be the biggest school in the London Borough of Bromley. Two years of mud and inconvenience gave rise to the new main building and the Assembly Hall complex, together with the refurbishment and extension of the old main building. In 1998, the school received an excellent Ofsted.
Mrs Rhymaun was appointed as the new Head Teacher, having previously served as Deputy Head Teacher, in 2000. In June 2004 Darrick Wood obtained Technology Specialist Status. This allowed substantial new funding to be dedicated to improving the equipment and facilities in the School. A full Ofsted inspection judged the School to be “outstanding”, the highest of educational accolades. In her report HMI Mrs Wood surmised, “the School provides an inspirational learning environment,” “students display respectful and exemplary behaviour” and “teaching and learning are excellent”. In December 2010 the School became an Academy, giving greater autonomy over use of resources and curriculum issues. and a purpose-built Sixth Form building was completed in November 2010.
In 2013 Darrick Wood School was selected for an important new role aimed at raising standards further and became one of only 150 schools in England to be granted Teaching School status. This designation entitles the School to lead the training and professional development for staff across a range of schools, a role which the school still fulfils to this day. A single storey building near the Physical Education department was completed in April 2014. It has three classrooms and a conference room. It has now been extended to support two additional floors for Music and Drama.
In April 2015, after 15 years as Head Teacher and 26 years at the School in total, Mrs Rhymaun retired. During her time at Darrick Wood, Mrs Rhymaun’s dedication and hard work led the School to many achievements and accolades. Dr Airey was appointed the new Head Teacher.
In October 2015, Darrick Wood School successfully achieved the World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM). On Tuesday, 13th October 2015 the School was informed that it had exceeded the standard required for accreditation. The WCSQM process required the School to provide students capable of compiling comprehensive evidence in support of their application. In 2018 Darrick Wood School was again asked to submit evidence of the world class education provided in order to be re-accredited. This time the evidence submitted was reviewed by pupils from another world class school. In the summer term of 2018 Darrick Wood School was proud to receive our re-accreditation.
What we do - extra-curricular
In addition to teaching and learning, we have a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities. See the examples below for a small selection of what we offer at Darrick Wood School.