Darwin Mini School is one of the two Transitions Schools at Brompton Academy and is named after Charles Darwin, one of the most celebrated and innovative scientist who has ever lived.Year 7 students join this mini school and remain in this school for two years until they graduate into one of three Phase Two mini schools at the start of Year 9.

The ethos in Darwin is underpinned by a thirst for knowledge, exploration and resilience as exemplified by Charles Darwin. Our aim is to develop rounded individuals, who are confident and independent and this is supported by our Personal and Professional Development programme (PPD) which covers a range of topics: spiritual, moral, social and financial. Alongside this area of study is our Key Curriculum programme which uses a thematic approach to focus on developing students thinking and reasoning skills in readiness for their academic studies in Phase Two.

All students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and the core curriculum of English, Maths, Science and all students follow the English Baccalaureate subjects. Students are also allocated a Personal Tutor who is responsible for each student’s pastoral welfare and academic progress. Overall, students are given opportunities to sample a range of activities and trips through our electives programme and afterschool clubs. There is a true sense of ‘family and belonging’ and pride in attending the Academy. Attendance, achievement and effort are all awarded on a termly basis and students are recognised with rewards and trophies at our end of term Achievement Assembly.  Healthy competition is encouraged between Darwin and Turing and this is achieved through a range of termly events.

Finally, the culmination of Phase One and the end of Year 8 is marked by a prestigious Graduation ceremony which celebrates the academic progress of all students and identifies two Valedictorian students who are recognised for their outstanding achievement. 

‘In the history of mankind those who learned to collaborate and improve most effectively have prevailed ‘  Charles Darwin.