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Parent Bulletin 25/11/22

Parent Bulletin 25/11/22

This week Year 11 have completed their first week of mock examinations. We have been very impressed with how they have conducted themselves throughout, getting into the routines that are required for the smooth running of these examinations – remembering the equipment they need, the venues to be at on time and the rules of the exam hall/room. Arranging exams on this scale is a major operation for all schools but at Darrick Wood, we benefit from an experienced and…

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Parent Bulletin 18/11/22

Parent Bulletin 18/11/22

Assembly This week’s assemblies focused on the Cuban missile crisis and how the actions of individuals at the time helped avoid a possible escalation towards nuclear war. The overall message was that we all have a role in trying to keep the peace by reaching out to others, helping understand their point of view and developing positive relationships with all that we meet. This linked back to last week’s assemblies on Anti-Bullying and the School’s core value of Respect and…

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Parent Bulletin 11/11/22

Parent Bulletin 11/11/22

This week Assemblies this week have included a musical item from next week’s School Production of Oliver. Rehearsals are in full swing, and the stage is set for what we know will be an amazing performance by students from all year groups. The assemblies themselves have been looking ahead to next week’s Anti-Bullying Week and referencing Oliver where there the exploitation of the poor by the rich and powerful is a form of bullying. The theme of Anti-Bullying Week this…

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Parent Bulletin 14/10/22

Parent Bulletin 14/10/22

Everybody Sings Thursday,13th October saw the return, for the first time since COVID-19, of our annual Year 7 singing competition. This was the culmination of half a term’s hard work by the Year 7 pastoral team, Music Department and of course all Year 7 pupils. The enthusiasm and commitment pupils displayed was outstanding, and the musical performances were uplifting and highly entertaining. The theme of the evening was Motown. 7XB, sang My Girl, featuring some prominent solos and backing harmonies.7XL gave us a…

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Parent Bulletin 30/09/22

Parent Bulletin 30/09/22

This week Our thanks to Ella and Sasha who led assemblies all week to share their idea of a Plant a Tree Day on 25th November. Their idea is that if more of us plant trees and grow plants, it can be part of a wider national and international effort to combat global warming. The summer of 2022 in the UK alone was a reminder to us all that the climate is changing and more extreme weather is becoming more…

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Parent Bulletin 23/09/22

Parent Bulletin 23/09/22

Assemblies and expectations Assemblies in the week before the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II focused on her long life dedicated to the service of others. Further reference to the life of Her Majesty was made in assemblies this week which had a theme of friendship and togetherness, where all in a community work towards the common good. This is what we aim for in successful schools – individuals supporting each other within a framework of rules and structures that are…

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Parent Bulletin 09/09/22

Parent Bulletin 09/09/22

Queen Elizabeth II Students and staff arriving at school today (Friday) were greeted by the Union flag flying at half-mast as the nation enters a period of mourning and reflection on the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Whilst reactions to the news that broke on Thursday evening will vary from person to person, for many in our school community, this time may feel upsetting and strange and we will do our best to come together as a community to support…

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Year 11 results 2022

Year 11 results 2022

Congratulations to our Year 11 students, who have achieved some excellent Key Stage 4 results. The School is extremely proud of their achievements. Despite having experienced a very disrupted Key Stage 3 and 4 education, their endeavours and hard work have clearly paid off. Nearly 70% of students were entered for the EBacc qualification. Over 81% of students achieved a grade 4 or above in both English and Maths GCSE, whilst 55% of students gained a grade 5 or above…

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Parent Bulletin 15/07/22

Parent Bulletin 15/07/22

Empowerment Conference On Tuesday 12th July, Mrs Keaney and Mr Read accompanied Darrick Wood students from Years 7-12 to the first annual Empowerment Conference hosted by Langley Park School for Girls. The Empowerment Conference was a celebration of strong female leaders and pioneers across a range of different industries, who delivered keynote speeches. The guest speakers included Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie A. Carter – authors of “Grown: The Black Girls’ Guide to Glowing Up” and founders of Black Girls’ Book…

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Parent Bulletin 08/07/22

Parent Bulletin 08/07/22

This week It has certainly been one of the busiest weeks of the year so far, largely because of the return of many events that we have not been in a position to run during the pandemic. On Tuesday we welcomed students who will start in Year 7 in September for their induction day. They seemed to have a fun packed day and most looked excited about making the move to secondary school. We look forward to meeting most of…

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