Governance and Funding

Darrick Wood School is an academy. The Governing Body consists of the Head Teacher academy trust members and other trustees.

Governors Position
Dr M J Airey Head Teacher
Mr D Wilcox (Chairman)
Darrick Wood School, Lovibonds Avenue, Orpington, Kent, BR6 8ER
Trust Member
Mrs J Hewitt (Co Vice Chairman) Trust Member
Mr I Barnett (Co Vice Chairman) Trust Member
Mrs K Morris Trust Member
Mr R Voyce Trust Member
Ms S Croot Other Trustee
Professor P Earley Other Trustee
Ms S Mitchell Other Trustee
Mrs E Thornton Parent Governor
Mr A Tweddle Parent Governor
Mr N Allen Parent Governor
Ms C Sheppard Parent Governor
Mr P Matharu Parent Governor
Mr P Cook Teaching Staff Governor
Mr J Tuck Teaching Staff Governor
Mr M Slater Associate Staff Governor
Value for Money
Value for Money

Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is additional funding for schools to address underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and looked after children and their peers, by ensuring that the funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the children who most need it.

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

Schools also receive funding for children who are looked after, children who have been previously looked after and children of service personnel.

Pupil Premium Spending Principles at Darrick Wood

Darrick Wood will be using the Education Endowment Fund’s tiered approach to determining effective Pupil Premium spending.

Tier 1 - Teaching

Spending on improving teaching might include professional development, training and support for early career teachers and recruitment and retention. Ensuring an effective teacher is in front of every class, and that every teacher is supported to keep improving, is the ingredient of a successful school and should rightly be the top priority for Pupil Premium spending.

Tier 2 - Targeted academic support

Evidence consistently shows the positive impact that targeted academic support can have, including on those who are not making good progress across the spectrum of achievement. Considering how classroom teachers and teaching assistants can provide targeted academic support, including how to link structured one-to-one or small group intervention to classroom teaching, is likely to be a key component of an effective Pupil Premium strategy.

Tier 3 - Wider strategies

Wider strategies relate to the most significant non-academic barriers to success in school, including attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support. While many barriers may be common between schools, it is also likely that the specific features of the community each school serves will affect spending in this category.

Pupil Premium Report for the academic year September 2019 to August 2020
Pupil Premium Strategy Statement – Academic year 2022-2023
Pupil Premium Strategy Statement – Academic year 2021-2022

Catch Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives state-funded schools, including special schools and alternative provision settings, additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2. The funding is to be used by schools to support pupils to improve their literacy and numeracy. Schools can choose to use the funding in the way that is most suitable to meet the needs of their pupils.

At Darrick Wood School the catch up premium is used in the following ways:

  • To implement a programme of intensive one-to-one or small group literacy tuition
  • To provide in-class LSA support, particularly in English and Mathematics classes
  • To provide books, guides and other resources to support improved literacy and numeracy
  • To ensure pupils can access support after school including homework clubs

Covid 19 Catch Up Premium

Covid 19 Catch Up Premium

16 - 19 Tuition Funding

Statement 16 - 19 Tuition Funding