- The public examinations began this week with GCSE papers in Computer Science, French, Biology, Chemistry, PE, Religious Studies and Drama. We continue to wish Year 11 every success during this time.
- Assemblies have focused on the unequal distribution of wealth around the world and how we can ‘enrich’ our own lives through helping and sharing with others. We have also considered matters relating to Mental Health Awareness Week, the various ways the School is prioritising pupil and staff wellbeing and how as a school community we all have a responsibility to look after each other.
- With the royal wedding this weekend we are so proud to see former Darrick Wood student Sydney Cassidy featured here on the BBC news website. Sydney, a fashion student at the Kingston School of Art, is one of five fashion students who have designed their own dresses for Meghan and are all featured on the BBC site. We await news of whether their designs are close to the real thing.
- The extension to our building at the rear of the School is starting to take shape. This will house the Music and Drama Departments and is due to open in time for our return after the summer holidays.
- The newly refurbished PE/changing area is also progressing well, due to be ready later this summer.
- The next phase is to extend our Dining Hall into the area in the Turner Building which currently houses Music and Drama. This is not due to be completed until the autumn so there will still be disruption to the School site in September/October.
- On Friday, 25th May Year 13 celebrate the formal end to their years at Darrick Wood School with a Leavers’ Assembly in school and then their Leavers’ Ball in the evening. Their examinations begin after the half-term break and we wish them well with their final preparations.
- During the half-term break, revision sessions are planned across a wide range of subjects for GCSE and A level. Please look out for separate communications regarding the scheduling of these. The School will be closed on Monday, 28th (public holiday).
- Parents of Year 11 pupils are reminded that during the examination period the expectation is that all pupils remain in their lessons unless they have an examination. The School has organised this successfully for many years during the examination period. Pupils remain in class with their teachers where they have the opportunity to continue to work with their teachers to prepare for the GCSEs. Once they complete the examinations in a subject they continue to attend its lessons according to their timetable but revise for examinations in remaining subjects. We would appreciate your support in upholding this policy.