Darrick Wood School
Darrick Wood School is a large comprehensive with a sixth form. It is bordered by selective schools and the School's intake comes from the local owner-occupied housing and social housing estates. The school has Technology College Status and has received a number of awards in recognition of excellence, including the Healthy School Award and Sportsmark Award. The school is a Microsoft Academy, allowing professional qualifications to be offered to both students and members of the wider community.
The School has a Centre for the Deaf on site with 18 students who are fully integrated into the School and receive specialist tuition within the Centre. The School also manages its own Sports Centre and 3G pitch which are popular with the local community.
Visitors to Darrick Wood School frequently comment pupils' excellent behaviour, their positive attitudes to each other, to their teachers and to their learning. They are also struck by the clean, well presented, modern facilities and the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities offered. The results at GCSE and A level, outstanding grading in successive Ofsted inspections, designation as a 'Teaching School' and numerous accolades and awards provide further evidence of the School's excellent reputation locally and nationally. The School's approach is encapsulated in what is known as The Darrick Wood Way, which incorporates its core values of respect, responsibility and honesty within a framework of high expectations, everyone working together to achieve the best possible outcomes. All in the School are expected to show a reverence for life, in accordance with the School's motto, Revereor Vitam.
Investment in the very latest technologies and in the professional development of staff ensure Darrick Wood continues to challenge itself seek new ways to prepare pupils for life in a rapidly changing world.