History of Darrick Wood

Please use the timeline to discover details about the history of Darrick Wood.

  1. 1975

    Darrick Wood School Opens

    For the first term, because the buildings were not finished, the staff and children were transported to Charles Darwin School in Biggin Hill for their lessons.

  2. 1985

    Head Teacher Retires

    Mr Turner retires as Head Teacher after 10 years of service to the School. Mr Barker is appointed as Head Teacher.

  3. 1994

    Building Work Begins

    A capital project began in January 1994 to provide purpose-built accommodation for what was planned to be the biggest school in the London Borough of Bromley. Two years of mud and inconvenience gave rise to the new main building and the Assembly Hall complex, together with the refurbishment and extension of the old main building.

  4. 1998

    Ofsted Visits

    In the autumn term a visit from OFSTED resulted in an excellent report – a fitting recognition of the progress made by the School.

  5. 2000

    Head Teacher Retires

    Mr Barker retired as Head Teacher in December 2000. The Governors named the new main building The Barker Building in recognition of Mr Barker's achievements as Head Teacher. Mrs Rhymaun is appointed as the new Head Teacher having previously served as Deputy Head Teacher.

  6. 2004

    Technology Specialist Status

    In June 2004 Darrick Wood obtained Technology Specialist Status. This allowed substantial new funding to be dedicated to improving the equipment and facilities in the School.

  7. 2009

    Ofsted Visits

    A full Ofsted inspection judged the School to be "outstanding", the highest of educational accolades. In her report HMI Mrs Wood surmised, "the School provides an inspirational learning environment," "students display respectful and exemplary behaviour" and "teaching and learning are excellent".

  8. 2010

    Academy Status

    In December 2010 the School became an Academy, giving greater autonomy over use of resources and curriculum issues.

    Sixth Form Building
    The Sixth Form building was completed in November 2010.

  9. 2011

    Ofsted Visits

    In January 2011 Ofsted again visited the School, this time to inspect the Mathematics provision. We were again delighted to be informed that all aspects of Mathematics were judged to be outstanding.

  10. 2013

    Teaching School Status

    In 2013 we were selected for an important new role aimed at raising standards further and became one of only 150 schools in England to be granted Teaching School status. This designation entitles the School to lead the training and professional development for staff across a range of schools.

  11. 2014

    New Building Project

    A single storey building near the Physical Education department was completed in April 2014. It has three classrooms and a conference room. It has been built to support two additional floors when funding becomes available.

  12. 2015

    Head Teacher Retires

    In April 2015, after 15 years as Head Teacher and 26 years at the School in total, Mrs Rhymaun retired. During her time at Darrick Wood, Mrs Rhymaun’s dedication and hard work led the School to many achievements and accolades. Dr Airey was appointed the new Head Teacher.

    Achieved World Class Schools Quality Mark

    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.

  13. 2018

    Re-accredited World Class Schools Quality Mark

    In 2018 we were again asked to submit evidence of the world class education we provide in order to be re-accredited. This time the evidence submitted was reviewed by pupils from another world class school. In the summer term of 2018 we were proud to receive our re-accreditation.