Welcome to Darwin College!
‘In the long history of humankind those who have learned to collaborate and improvise the most effectively have prevailed.’ – Charles Darwin
Using the great English naturalist Charles Darwin as our inspiration, we have created the ‘Big Picture’ for Darwin College students to enable them to identify what we are all trying to achieve and the journey our students will take during their time in Darwin.
To provide Darwin College students with a challenging and engaging curriculum which meets the needs and aspirations of all learners to enable them to achieve their potential.
Equipping our students with the skills they will need to meet the demands and challenges they will face when managing their lives, we will aim to develop Darwin College students to become:
With the ‘Big Picture’ in mind we have also created the motto for Darwin College:
‘Courage, Commitment, Collaboration’
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change”. – Charles Darwin
We value personal and social skills ensuring students learn how to co-operate, work in teams and respect others. We expect our students to learn because they want to learn and that they are motivated and enthused by the topics they study, the practical work and the state of the art technology. Darwin staff have created the ‘Darwin Student Criteria’ that identifies the skills, qualities and attributes we aspire for our students to achieve.
Darwin students are treated as individuals and regularly use the Darwin PRIDE Principles to help them to understand the high expectations and standards we require from all members of the Darwin community.
P – PERSONAL BEST, students should try their best in all aspects of learning, meeting and exceeding their minimum target grade
R – RESPECT and FRIENDSHIP, students should respect themselves, all members of the school and local community and the environment
I – INSPIRATION, students should be inspired to achieve, take part in extra curricular opportunities
D – DETERMINATION and COURAGE, students should show that they do not just give up when things may be difficult and have the skills of resilience and resourcefulness
E – EQUALITY and DIVERSITY, students should be respectful of others’ abilities, cultures and values.
The Darwin College colour is green – the word green is closely related to the old English verb growan, “to grow”. In many cultures, green symbolizes hope and growth. For the Darwin students in the College the colour green symbolizes self-respect and wellbeing.
The Principals, other senior leaders and governors, provide outstanding leadership.Ofsted
Relationships are enhanced by the college structure. Students say, and inspectors agree, that there is a close family feel to being in a smaller college unit, and that students enjoy school more because of this.Ofsted
Students participate readily in the wide range of sports, social, art, music and drama activities that the school provides. Many students attend the after school and weekend revision clubs that staff provide.Ofsted
The school organises the wide range of subjects it teaches extremely well, and reviews them regularly, adjusting its provision to meet the changing needs of students.Ofsted
Teaching is challenging. It is based on accurate assessment of how well students make progress, what their individual learning needs are, and what kinds of activities will best make sure that they learn well.Ofsted
Students make outstanding progress in English and mathematics. Students’ progress in business, design and technology, ICT and physical education is also outstanding. Students make good progress overall.Ofsted