faculties & subjects

The School’s Curriculum Goal is “to provide all students with the appropriate qualifications, skills and values to equip them for life”.

Our Curriculum Vision

At the heart of the Darrick Wood School curriculum is the National Curriculum. This is designed to enable all students to respond positively to the opportunities and challenges of the rapidly changing world in which they live. Students should leave school having become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. 

The National Curriculum establishes a coherent framework to promote study, building on previous learning and becoming more demanding as students move through the School. In addition, the curriculum is focused on developing an awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion. It aims to teach students skills for lifelong learning, referred to as the Darrick Wood School Life Learning Skills. These skills include: Knowledge Acquisition; Resilience; Inquiry; Open-mindedness; Communication; Reflection; Risk taking; Thinking; and, Initiative. These are taught in stages throughout Key Stage 3, and then holistically in Key Stage 4 and 5. The principles of the curriculum at Darrick Wood School are taught through the Darrick Wood School Vision for Learning, with five main pillars of focus for supporting learning: Progress, Challenge, Relationships, Engagement and Ownership.

Our Curriculum Intent

The overall intent of the curriculum at Darrick Wood School is to engage and inspire students through an extensive range of relevant, challenging and thought-provoking learning opportunities. We deliver a rigorous academic education, underpinned by our core values, which ensures our students develop a deep understanding and knowledge of a rich, broad and balanced curriculum. We believe passionately in learning beyond the classroom and provide a wealth of experiences and opportunities that enhance students’ learning and their understanding of the wider world.

Aims of the curriculum at Darrick Wood School are to:

  • Provide a broad and balanced education for all students that’s coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge for skills and future learning and employment
  • Enable students to develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills, and be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations. These include subject-specific skills and the Darrick Wood School Life Learning Skills
  • Support students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • Support students’ development of an awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Support students’ physical development and responsibility for their own health, and enable them to be active
  • Promote a positive attitude towards learning
  • Ensure equal access to learning for all students, with high expectations for every student and appropriate levels of challenge and support
  • Have a high academic, vocational and/or technical ambition for all students
  • Equip students with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life
  • Provide subject choices that support students’ learning and progression, and enable them to work towards achieving their goals
  • Provide a broad curriculum prioritising a strong academic core of subjects, such as those offered in the EBacc
  • Develop students’ Life Learning Skills, to equip them for further/higher education and employment

In achieving these aims the curriculum should provide appropriate challenges for all students in ways which satisfy the diversity of their needs (including those in the Deaf Centre, those in Support and Highly Achieving Students), so that opportunities for their inclusion in mainstream lessons are maximised.


History, Geography, Religious Studies, Sociology & Psychology


History, Geography, Religious Studies, Sociology & Psychology
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Physical Education, Music, Drama & Dance


Physical Education, Music, Drama & Dance
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Darrick Wood School
Lovibonds Avenue,
Kent, BR6 8ER

01689 850271