We are very proud to announce that Darrick Wood School has successfully achieved the World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM). On Tuesday, 13th October 2015 the School was informed that it had exceeded the standard required for accreditation. The WCSQM process required the School to provide students capable of compiling comprehensive evidence in support of their application.
Throughout the application, students from Darrick Wood School had to evidence that they, themselves, were World Class students. In the summer term we were invited to submit an application to achieve the World Class Schools Quality Mark. Schools are nominated based on their record of excellent results and outstanding Ofsted inspections. The aim of the Quality Mark is to enable schools who achieve it to collaborate and improve further. Setting even higher standards in all that we do is part of the Head Teacher’s vision for sustained improvement of the School. In the 21st century, it is important we measure our success on how well we are preparing our students for this rapidly changing world. We want our students to be confident in their abilities to apply for higher education and employment opportunities anywhere in the world they choose.
The process of application for the Quality Mark is centred around challenging our students to prove they and their school are world class. Dr Airey asked Achievement Co-ordinators to name two students from each year group who could work on the application as World Class Ambassadors.
The Ambassadors completed an extensive audit of the School and gathered evidence to prove we are world class. They were not allowed to have any help from staff with this task. They also produced a wonderful supporting video of the School. The audit and video were then submitted to the committee for evaluation. The World Class Ambassadors were Jenna He and Daniel Haughey (now in Year 8), Hannah Barnard and Liam Sawyer (Year 9), Chizute Ogbedeh and Lily Ingram (Year 10), Ciara McGarry, Ramya Sriskandarajah and Patrick Sarsfield (Year 11) and Ralph Habgood (Year 12). Ralph had finished his Year 11 examinations but came back into school especially to help out. Other Ambassadors included the Senior Prefect team who led the group overall. They are George Anderson (Head Boy), Brooke Hollett (Head Girl), Charlotte Bygrave and Omonye Ehiagwina (Deputy Head Girls) and Tawana Masekoameng and Jack Nagel (Deputy Head Boys). The excellent video was produced by Christopher Lewin (Year 12). The video will be made available online shortly.
We were pleased to find out after the holidays that we were successful in the first phase of the application. We were then invited to an Assessment Centre on Thursday, 24th September at Foulds Primary School in Barnet. Three students from Year 13 (Katie Ryan, Jack Nagel and Georgia Brooks) were nominated to represent Darrick Wood and work with other schools on a challenge which would improve the School whilst they were individually monitored and assessed against the world class criteria of the Quality Mark. One week before the Assessment Day the team were informed what the challenge would be – to work with the primary school children and teams from other schools to improve the school pond! After an early start and a long drive in the rain with Achievement Co-ordinator, Mr Cox, the team arrived at the Foulds. The before and after picture evidences just how hard our students worked throughout the day.
Darrick Wood School has recently developed a School Travel Plan. The main purpose of this is to promote sustainable and safer travel for the whole School community.The aims of the Plan are:
Darrick Wood is the first secondary school in Bromley to achieve the Bronze Award from Healthy Schools London.
We will now be working towards achieving the Silver Award.
The food we eat has a great influence on our health. We have a huge range of foods to choose from. There is no such thing as good and bad foods, it is all about the quantity of each food consumed.
The balanced plate shows the proportions of foods which make up a healthy diet. The proportions are important:
Plenty of starchy food like bread and potatoes, especially wholegrain varieties
Plenty of fruit and vegetables – 5 portions a day
Smaller amounts of protein and dairy foods
Not too much sugary or fatty foods
A good diet will keep you healthy and prevent obesity, heart disease, diabetes, tooth decay, poor skin and anaemia in later life.