CHARLES DARWIN SCHOOL
“Charles Darwin School is a very good school with some outstanding aspects”
Charles Darwin School is a forward-thinking school, which values its staff and students. As a result we have a low turnover of staff and our recent OfSTED (March 2004) was a resounding success.
The school is highly successful and has shown a rate of improvement at GCSE (% 5A*-C) at a much faster rate than nationally. We provide a high quality education evident in the range of awards we have received. We have used our status at a Specialist School in the Performing Arts, not only to improve achievement across the board but also to gain recognition both locally and nationally as a centre of excellence.
Charles Darwin is a very inclusive school and one where the personal and academic development of all students is at the forefront of thinking. We provide a caring, disciplined environment, which prepares every student confidently for a fast changing world. Our commitment is to improve every student’s performance and to develop in each person habits of self-discipline, responsibility and respect for others.
We demand high standards from our students and expect maximum effort in our shared determination for success. Although we place a high priority on good examination results, we are proud of all the achievements of our young people - academic, social, sporting and cultural, and are committed to developing the whole person.
The atmosphere of the school is pleasant but purposeful and is reflected in our impressive examination results. Our students have an enviable record of success in going on to Higher Education and gaining entry into employment.
At Charles Darwin we believe that a school uniform fosters a sense of belonging, pride and identity with the school. It helps set high standards for students and makes an important contribution to a positive and purposeful working environment. Students are expected to be clean, neat and tidy and to take a pride in their appearance. The Sixth Form operates a “business” style dress code.
We demand high standards of discipline. We require students to be hard-working, self-disciplined and well mannered at all times. Our approach to discipline is based upon encouragement of good behaviour through praise and reward but is backed up by clear and firm sanctions for those whose behaviour fails to meet our standards.
Charles Darwin is a school where lessons are orderly and students are well behaved around school. We consider the disruption of lessons and poor behaviour to be serious offences, to be dealt with quickly and firmly. We shall not hesitate to exclude students from school where this action is appropriate.