Welcome to the Darrick Teaching School Alliance

Darrick Wood School has been selected for an important new role aimed at further raising standards and was granted Teaching School status by the National College for Teaching and Leadership in March 2013. This status entitles the School to lead the training and professional development for staff across a wider area.

The Teaching Schools initiative began in 2011, marking a shift towards school-centred training and development. The programme gives outstanding schools the freedom and autonomy to lead a group of schools, working with other partners to deliver high quality support for teachers and leaders at all stages in their career.

This award recognises the important work that exists at Darrick Wood School in training teachers, running an induction programme for NQTs and offering CPD to our own staff and to staff from other schools. Through the status we have extended the range of our courses to meet the demands of the local area and our partner schools.

School Direct Opportunities

Here is the current list of subjects available through the School Direct route into teaching through Darrick Teaching School for September 2016 start.

Applications should be through UCAS but if you require further information please contact us on: 01689 850271, or contact us by email: dtsa@darrickwood.bromley.sch.uk.

School Direct Salaried Number of places School Direct (Tuition fee) Number of places
Biology 3 Art & Design 3
Chemistry 6 Biology 2
Computer Science 5 Business Studies 4
Design & Technology 2 Chemistry 1
English 6 Computer Science 1
Geography 3 Design & Technology 1
History 1 Drama 2
MFL 3 English 2
Maths 10 Geography 3
Music 1 Maths 2
Physics 8 MFL 2
Religious Education 2 Music 1
Physical Education 4
Physics 2
Primary 16
Religious Education 2

Please note that placements will be within Bromley Collegiate Schools.

For more information on School Direct click here.


Our Provision

Who are we

Barbara Rhymaun

Barbara Rhymaun - Consultant Head Teacher

Barbara was Executive Head Teacher of Darrick Wood School for 15 years until her retirement in 2015.

Darrick Wood is a mixed 11-18 comprehensive school which is highly regarded within the local community and beyond. It has a roll of 1730 boys and girls (420 in the Sixth Form). Examination results are excellent both at GCSE and Advanced Level and in the last OFSTED inspection the School was graded as ‘outstanding’ in every category. Darrick Wood is also designated a National Support School and a Teaching School.

Barbara has supported schools in the London area and beyond for over 18 years. She has worked as an LLE (Local Leader of Education) and an NLE (National Leader of Education). Her work as an NLE involves assisting leadership teams and other staff to implement school improvement strategies in order to raise standards. She has also mentored several headteachers new to the role of headship giving support and guidance. Barbara was also a Senior Partner for the organisation known as Challenge Partners.

She is currently involved in education through the London Strategy as an NLE giving school-to-school support, is a Consultant Head Teacher for Darrick Wood Teaching School, a PiXL Leader (Partners in Excellence) working with several schools and is a member of the PiXL Board.

Fiona McSorley

Fiona McSorley - Teaching School Co-ordinator

Fiona McSorley is Assistant Head Teacher at Darrick Wood School in Orpington, Kent. She has had responsibility for the Sixth Form since 1993 and overseen its growth and development to become an outstanding Sixth Form. Fiona is an SLE and also in charge of developing the Teaching School offer for Darrick Teaching School Alliance. Working closely with highly qualified and talented staff she has helped to plan and organise the delivery of courses and training that support teachers at all stages of their career and across the phases. She enjoys staff training and helping develop outstanding practice in the classroom. Fiona is also involved in Initial Teacher Training as a Senior Mentor for Bromley Schools Collegiate and has a particular interest in leadership training.

Contact Us

Darrick Teaching School Alliance
Lovibonds Avenue,

Telephone: 01689 850271
Facsimile: 01689 857257
Email: dtsa@darrickwood.bromley.sch.uk

By Road:
From M25 Junction 4, take A21 towards Bromley. After approximately 4 miles turn right onto A232 Crofton Road. Continue for ½ mile and turn right into Mada Road. Turn right again at the end of the road and then immediately left.

By Rail:
Orpington Railway Station is approximately 7 minutes by taxi.

Car Parking:
Visitor car parking is available.