Darrick Wood School

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Darrick Wood School
Motto Reverior vitam
Established 1975 (1975)
Type Academy
Head Teacher Mrs B R Rhymaun
Location Lovibonds Avenue
Greater London
DfE number 305/5418
DfE URN 136355 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1700
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Colours Brown and Gold
Website darrickwood.bromley.sch.uk

Darrick Wood School is a mixed secondary school in Orpington, London Borough of Bromley, United Kingdom with a current roll of 1785 pupils. It was first opened in 1975.


Since 1975 it has grown immensely adding new buildings, including 'SIX', the sixth form building built in 2011. Adjacent to the school is a state of the art sports and fitness centre - of which the school has exclusive ownership of - containing most notably, an Olympic sized swimming pool; positioned approximately 500 yards from the school's main entrance. Significantly, the school is equipped with outstanding ICT facilities, which incorporate some of the most advanced technology available in the education sector in the UK (including: interactive smartboards; touch screen computer monitors; voice responsive software; and numerous Apple products - that can all be found in every teaching and learning classroom at the school). Following a recent visit to the school from Michael Gove, British schools were called on to follow in a similar suit by Gove himself - and further described what the school was doing and trying to achieve as "revolutionary". Furthermore, many education experts and analysts have also put there pupils' striking success down to a direct result of the wealth of excellent facilities the school boasts. Four years ago, the school employed a new cashless catering system programmed by the use of biometric technology.


The school was awarded Specialist Technology Status in 2004. It also has a highly successful sixth form, HIU (hearing impaired unit), as well as a Learning Support Department included in the HIU. In its latest Ofsted inspection during April 2009 it achieved 'Outstanding', the highest grade attainable in all of the criteria. A subject inspection of the Mathematics Faculty resulted also in an Outstanding judgement in January 2011. The 2009 report said "Darrick Wood is an outstanding school", "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" and "Teaching and learning are excellent". Over 65% of their student's leave year 13, with a place accepted at a top educational establishment, studying either: Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Mathematics, Sciences, Engineering, Politics, English Literature or Economics. [1]


The school has a history of proven success in all sports and regularly competes at the top level. The school reaches national and even continental finals in several sports including: Tennis, Cricket, Badminton, Rugby, Polo, Hockey and Football on a yearly basis. This is mainly due to their excellent sporting facilities that encompasses an indoor contemporary sports centre, a gym containing the latest professional sporting equipment, and four 4G all weather sport pitches. The school also employs specialist coaches in each sporting area whom have a proven track record of success in participating and coaching athletes in huge sporting events such as The Olympics. Pupils also enjoy the numerous extra curricular activities on offer and thrive in sports and other competitions.[1]

Head Teachers[edit]

  • 1975-1985 Mr W R Turner
  • 1985-2001 Mr A L Barker
  • 2001–Present Mrs B Rhymaun


Each year group comprises ten forms. The main school is effectively split into two halves, the 'X' half and the 'Y' half. Until completion of Key Stage 3, pupils only share classes with other pupils from the same half. At GCSE, most classes contain pupils from both halves. Form groups are named after historical figures from the local area. The 'X' half comprises 'Boswell', 'Fry', 'Lubbock', 'Saunders' and 'Willett'. The 'Y' half comprises 'Crompton', 'Darwin', 'Hill', 'March' and 'Pitt'. This system does not apply to the Sixth Form, where instead form groups are identified more conventionally by the initials of their tutors.

School Ethos[edit]

The school motto is 'Reveror Vitam'. This means to reverence life. The Darrick Wood values are: Respect, Responsibility and Honesty which are displayed throughout the school consistently.


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