DARRICK WOOD SCHOOL An Academy and Teaching School
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Why choose our School?

Why choose our School?

The Sixth Form at Darrick Wood School offers students the chance to extend and improve their academic and vocational qualifications and develop personal skills. The Sixth Form here is successful; many subjects have consistently achieved 100% pass rates. In 2008 the ALPS value added analysis of our A level results placed us in the top 5% in the country. In the Guardian newspaper we were placed 59th in the national comprehensive school league tables. Each year under the guidance of a highly qualified staff, students follow a variety of courses which prepare them for University, Further Education or employment. This has helped our Sixth Form students achieve high standards in successive years.

For our Post 16 students we offer:


Sixth Form students are highly valued as positive role models for younger students and are our best ambassadors in the local community.

Sixth Form students are nominated by their fellow students each year to undertake the challenging role of Prefects, from whom 6 senior Prefects are chosen including Head Boy and Head Girl.

The Head Boy, Head Girl and Prefects represent the School at all official functions and play an important role in supervising the younger pupils.

Sixth Form Resource Centre


The following AS and A level courses are offered at Darrick Wood:-

  • Art and Design
  • Art and Design (Photography)
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Core Mathematics AS
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • DT: Product Design
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • Extended Project AS
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • German
  • Government and Politics
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Travel and Tourism

AS = AS Level only

Vocational Courses

Business, Financial Studies, Food Science & Nutrition, Health & Social Care, Information Technology, Sport, Science and Textiles.

These courses offer a qualification equivalent to A level. They often focus on coursework as the main form of assessment.


Darrick Wood School has an excellent standard of resources, facilities and equipment for students and staff which are constantly being updated.

Our Sixth Form Centre boasts a state-of the art Resource Centre and Common Room area. The Common Room provides a social area to meet, relax and work before and after School hours. There is a servery in the Common Room, open before school, at break and lunch which provides refreshments.

Our new Resource Centre provides facilities for private study and research. This area is designated as a 'silent' working area to promote independent learning during study periods and after school, and is solely for Sixth Form use.

A Careers Library is available for use by students who wish to investigate future courses and carry out careers research.

Entry Requirements


To take a course consisting of A levels

Entry Requirements for Year 13

Students are expected to meet a minimum standard at the end of Year 12. This will be at least a grade E in either an internal or external assessment in an A level or Merit in a BTEC qualification. Students need a minimum three subjects to continue into Year 13. Students following four A level courses may choose to take one subject as an AS qualification at the end of Year 12.

An application form should be completed online through the Darrick Wood School Website (www.darrickwood.bromley.sch.uk) and is located in the Sixth Form area.

Priority for places is given to:

There will be a minimum of ten places available for external applicants who meet the admissions criteria.

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund

What is the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund?

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund was introduced in March 2011 to support the most disadvantaged young people to participate in and benefit from post-16 education and training.

The purpose of the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is to

The Bursary Fund is not to promote our school in favour of other institutions.

Am I Eligible?

(Students must be under 19 years of age at the start of the academic year)

For a Vulnerable Bursary:

You could receive up to £1200 per year (£400 per term) if you are assessed as being in one of the following four defined vulnerable groups:

For a Discretionary Bursary:

You can apply for a discretionary bursary if you are not eligible for a vulnerable bursary but you need financial help to stay on in further education or training. Darrick Wood School will decide whether you will receive a discretionary bursary, how much you could get, and what it should be used for.

How do I Apply?

By completing a 16-19 Bursary Fund application form which can be obtained:

Do I need to provide proof of my claim?

When a student applies, their parent/carer will be asked to provide recent written evidence i.e within the last 3 months, of their current qualifying income such as:

Are there any conditions attached to receiving the Bursary?

Who can I appeal to if I don’t agree with the School’s decision?

If you do not agree with the School’s decision you can contact the Deputy Head Teacher in charge of the Sixth Form who will consider your appeal or may convene an Appeal Panel.

Further information on 16-19 Bursary Fund can be found on the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA) website at www.ypla.gov.uk/learnersupport/16-19-bursary