Messages from The Principal


Welcome from Mrs. Nicholls, Principal

Here at Darlinghurst Academy we are invested in shaping the lives of our children. Everyone is committed to doing their best for each and every child. To do this we ensure that everyone knows they belong here - a place where children and adults feel confident, take risks, whilst achieving excellence together.

We know that each of our children come to Darlinghurst Academy with different experiences, skills and talents and we are determined to match our provision to help them to shine bright, letting their individual talents light their way. We enjoy each and every moment so that we share and achieve excellence together.


Our Academy logo - little boat represents our sense of adventure. Together, we set sail on our learning journey. Our journey sometimes takes us through some challenges, but with determination and confidence we sail through. With growth mind sets, we learn from mistakes and know that we can always improve.


We celebrate achievements; big or small and challenge everyone to improve even more. We believe in developing the whole child teaching them learning and life skills and promoting and modelling behaviours for life. Our children and staff help others along the way, ensuring we stay safe and happy, sharing our playful spirits.

We are proud of our academy and welcome visitors and new families. 

To find out more about how we can achieve excellence together at Darlinghurst Academy, please explore our website.

See below for regular message from the Principal 

Principal Messages 2020

January 2020

Dear parents and carers

It has been lovely welcoming back staff and families to Darlinghurst after the break. Everyone shared their stories of family and friendship during this time. The children's favourite things were still spending time together. The first week back has shown a positive sense of belonging and achievements, here at Darlinghurst but also within our wider community. Children proudly shared their contributions to the community with me: Aaron, Galene class shared his framed certificate from the Cub Scouts naming him as Cub Scout of the Year 2019. Callum, also Galene class shared his medal and photograph with his Dad completing a 5K inflatable. During the staff briefing today Mr Turner and a team of staff shared that they are training for Tough Mudder again this year, what a great start to the new year full of community spirit. Miss Buckley visited the civic centre recently to look at the fabulous art work displayed there produced by our children. There is still time for you to go and see the exhibition and celebrate the work of our children. We continue supporting the community this term with some planned events, the first will be the Darlinghurst Academy Community litter picking the first Saturday in February. This half term the academy value is belonging, alongside the learning and life skill of becoming a better learner. During assembly the children and I considered the different ways to achieve these to the best of our ability. As always, enjoy your family time together this weekend.

February 2020

Dear parents and carers,

I cannot believe we are at the end of the Spring 1st half term and I would like to thank everyone for their participation in making it a great success. The children have enjoyed developing their knowledge and skills across the curriculum, sharing some fabulous end points with each other. Parents were impressed by the budding artists in year one, enjoying seeing the gallery of children's art work, 'Starry Starry Night'. It was a delight to see how much fun parents, staff and children were having during the nursery stay and play session. Parents were joining in activities, alongside all the children, inside the nursery classroom and in the EYFS garden. I could hear lots of happy voices and saw smiling faces, all round. It's great to enjoy and share our children's learning together. Our year two children, staff and parent helpers had a terrific trip to Duxford Imperial War Museum, returning with stories and facts to share. A great end to their science, design and technology unit, of which they have enjoyed learning about the history of the Wright Brothers and the chronology flight. They designed and made their own moving vehicles and reflected on the story of Mrs Armitage. Our year five children have been busy preparing their fairground games and are looking forward to sharing these with families on our return. They have enjoyed learning about traditional games, such as tin can alley, beat the buzzer and Plinko. Some children from performance club entertained the community, spreading love and positivity through song. They sang with energy and enthusiasm to passers-by, sharing little notes of positivity with them too. The community sang back their praises. Our reception children had a lovely time with parents, yesterday during their valentines together. I enjoyed making love hearts and talking about the people we love. In assembly the children focused on Valentine's day and also Love your pet day 20th February. Here is a picture of the new addition to the Nicholls family, our Belle. Here are some quotes from children about the people and animals that they love. As always, enjoy your family time together this weekend. Mrs Nicholls

March 2020

For my entire life, the idea of Easter brings powerful thoughts. I think of family and family photos, gatherings within houses or in places of worship. This year is a new experience, a different Easter, with families and friends unable to congregate in the usual way. Because of this, Ramadan and Ed will also be different. However, although we will participate in Easter traditions, from our homes, following social distancing, we remain strangely united.

I am thankful for social media, bringing people together and I am sure that people will be creative in the ways that they are connecting with each other, this weekend. Thank you for joining us in our Easter Hunt on Instagram and please send your Easter pictures to Mrs Smith too. I am also thankful for the sense of community and neighbourly love that is amongst us all. The love and support that we have seen locally and on the news is heartwarming, bringing us together. I am also thankful for the key workers who are supporting us through this time to help those in need. We support and applaud them. We are all hopeful for a brighter tomorrow.

With all these messages in mind, I can see our value of 'belonging' shining through. Over the last few weeks, our staff, children and families of Darlinghurst Academy have shown a sense of belonging through our actions and words. I am overwhelmed by the Darlinghurst Spirit, amongst us all and extremely proud of our community. I am proud of the emotional resilience and character that our children have shown and encourage them to continue to shine bright and making others smile too.

I wish you all a happy and healthy Easter - well not too healthy - enjoy those chocolate eggs and Easter treats. Stay safe and let's continue to keep in touch through our communication platforms to share our learning, our experiences and inspiring stories. Lastly, send your children our love. We miss them and cannot wait for the day that the school gates reopen with welcoming arms. 

April 2020

Dear parents, carers and children,

I would like to send a warm welcome to parents, carers and children as we enter the summer term. The sun has certainly been shining for us, which helps to brighten our days and allows for some outdoor learning too. It's been lovely to see some of your pictures of local walks. My family certainly enjoy their daily walk around the downs or glens. The teaching staff have sent their messages via DB Primary to the children and are keen to help them stay motivated and connected. There are targeted learning activities for your children alongside creative ideas too. We recognise the importance of a range of experiences, including supporting their mental and physical health too, take a look at Mr Felton's challenges, the Anchor room blog and the learning linked to current events, such as our VE Day, song. The song was poignant then and motivational now. Please do send in your extracts so we can share a video of us singing together. Mrs Richards is keen for us to celebrate the works of William Shakespeare, to celebrate his birthday. Shakespeare was a visionary man who led a visionary life through his plays. His quotes can speak loudly to our hearts and souls and so I thought I would share some quotes with you all. There was a great number of children and staff, participating in Earth Day and I know that Mrs Powell, our UN accredited Climate Change teacher, was proud to see all the fantastic posters and pictures. So many children shared with her how they were going to save water and help protect our planet. Ella in Orca class says we need to "shower less to save water". Grace in Coral class is going to "Turn off the tap when I am brushing my teeth". Nina in Oyster Class thinks that "every day should be Earth Day" and I completely agree! Communication is a priority for us once again this year, we will communicate to parents and carers using School Ping In addition, we use Twitter and Instagram to share what's going on within the Academy daily. Please make sure you are following us @Darlinghurstsch on Twitter and @DarlinghurstAcademy on Instagram Darlinghurst Academy News & Views 24th April 2020. We continue to celebrate the children's excellence with you and it is the highlight of my day to read nominations from proud parents, carers and staff. The teaching staff are also sending rewards on DB Primary, as well as postcards home. Let's keep celebrating achievements, big and small. Thank you for your engagement, your likes and comments on our social and online platforms are motivating to each other and to our teachers. It keeps us connected. Stay safe,

Mrs Nicholls

April 2020

Dear parents, carers and children,

I wanted to start this week with a huge well done to everyone. Well done for facing new experiences and working together. I know that families are juggling home life and home learning, along with other demands and trying to keep each other happy and safe. From my own personal experience there has been a whirlpool of emotions and experiences. It is so important to keep mentally positive and brave. At school we talk about finding your inner brave and believing in the power of possibility. Self-belief and emotional resilience is so important. Mr Turner has included an extract about emotional resilience in today's edition. I would like to share a few important things with our children: · don't be frightened. You may hear some things that you are worried about. Tell someone you trust about your worry and let them look after it for you. Mrs Wheeler is available to listen too and you can send her your worries via DB Primary. · there are good things happening too. The environment is getting a bit of a rest, and, who knows, maybe we can work out a new way of doing things in the future because we have learned from our experiences. For example, with the world slowing down, people are talking to each other and offering to help each other more. We talk often talk about random acts of kindness and how kindness can spread. Let's continue to spread smiles and kindness around the world. Love can heal a land. · Even though you will be missing school (we miss you terribly too), you can still learn and try your very best- believe you can and you will! You are a special bunch. Think back to our banana's assembly. · Your teachers are thinking about you everyday. We have already laughed at the funny things you have done and shared with us. We talk about you! We wonder how you are doing and trying your best with your learning at home. The teachers will carry on planning learning for you and look forward to carrying on sharing experiences with you. They are a creative team. Look out for Easter fun and after the break get back on board with the new learning they have planned for you. · Keep singing, playing, making, drawing, problem-solving and learning about our amazing world. We learn the most from new experiences and challenge, we learn from mistakes. Remember our logo- little boat, ready to set sail on new adventures into the unknown and on the open seas. You are adventurers, you are our stars, so shine bright and keep your sparkle! A final message to our parents, thank you for your engagement. Your likes and comments on our social and online platforms are motivating to each other and to our teachers. It keeps us connected. Have a wonderful Easter. Stay safe, Mrs Nicholls

 July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on this academic year, which has given us moments of celebration, collaboration and community spirit. Whilst we have been faced with challenges we still have so much that we can share and remember together. We have watched our children grow in character and confidence across learning and life. I am proud of their achievements big and small. I look back in fondness at the energy and fun as we filmed the Sainsbury's advert, followed the retweet by Sainsbury's and I am already starting to think about future films and fun. Please take a look at the flashbacks below as we reflect on this academic year. As always a picture paints a thousand words. Communication is a priority for us once again this year, we will communicate to parents and carers using School Ping In addition, we use Twitter and Instagram to share what's going on within the Academy daily. Please make sure you are following us @Darlinghurstsch on Twitter and @DarlinghurstAcademy on Instagram Darlinghurst Academy News & Views 17th July 2020 I would like to thank all of the staff for their continued, caring commitment. They are truly invested in shaping the lives of our children. I would like to extend my thanks to the parent community for supporting and engaging with us, including the PTA. Should you be interested in joining the PTA for the next academic year please take a look at their letter. I cannot wait to open the school gates to all of our children in September. Although school will remain a little different, we will at last be reunited. At this time of year, we say goodbye to our year 6 children as they embark on their future steps. They have been a delight to get to know and watch grow over the years and they have made us proud. We also say goodbye and wish all the best to Miss Fenwick as she says goodbye to Darlinghurst after being part of the Darlinghurst community for a decade. I know many of us have fond memories of her time with us. I would also like to wish Mrs Smith every success after her successful new appointment working across the trust. This means that we still keep a little of Mrs Smith and her smiling happy face, each week. The teaching staff are looking forward to next year and are making plans to support the children on their return. Please do read the letter outlining September arrangements for a positive start back, this has been sent via Ping this afternoon. Until then, enjoy the summer break and your family time together.

Mrs Nicholls, Principal

September 2020


Dear Parents and Carers,

A very warm welcome to all our families as we begin the new academic year and the awaited return of all our children. Wednesday was a monumental day for us all and on behalf of all the staff here at Darlinghurst I would like to share that we are delighted to have all our children back with us. Watching our children walk back through the gates has been such a pleasure, all a little taller and with their stories to tell. Children within their bubbles have happily reunited with their friends and have enjoyed engaging in resettling activities together, discussing experiences, their favourite things and ambitions for the future. They have engaged in PHSE lessons, using scenarios and images to consider emotions and behaviour. The children have all settled so well into their new learning environments and have displayed amazing confidence in adapting to the changes they face in the classroom and across the school. The children have adapted really well to new routines and demonstrated their keenness to begin the academic year. We are very proud of them all. An essential element of establishment week has been focused on the health, safety and routines around the academy. During class assemblies they discussed the importance of hand hygiene, measures and behaviour expectations – particularly the eight essential expectations. Please take some time to discuss these and the home school agreement with your child. I am looking forward to this academic year, supporting our children to further develop their knowledge and skills to succeed in this continuously changing world. As always, enjoy your family time together.

October 2020

Dear parents & carers,

Here we are at the end of the first half term, having seen our children all fully return back to school and reintegrate back into learning and academy life. We have been extremely proud of their resilience and their ability to adapt to change. They have been truly remarkable! This half term, we have focused on identified areas within the curriculum to support our children emotionally and socially. Our teachers have been highly focused on addressing gaps in learning and building essential skills within core learning, with children showing determination and focus on their personal progress and success. Reading has remained a priority with communications sent home placing emphasis on the importance of reading every day in support of phonics, Bug club, Accelerated reader and sharing books. Please do continue to encourage your child to read every day and use their sound mats. We adapted the wider curriculum to build knowledge and skills so that key concepts were taught to ensure progression, continuing our focus on our topics. Children in year one have been focusing on different journeys such as space. Within year two children enjoyed learning about a healthy diet. Year three continued to learn about animal habitats, classification and lifestyle and made links to Charles Darwin. Year 4 impressed me with their work on littering and pollution and were really passionate about how to protect our natural environment. Year 5 were wowed by a demonstration of how the digestive system works using tights and food. Year 6 revised and deepened their knowledge of plants and insects, including some experiments involving coloured water. This week I particularly enjoyed visiting Hagrid's hut for chats with year 5 around the camp fire, watching year 5 cricket and joining reception and nursery during their free flow sessions, exploring inside and outside the classroom. I enjoyed dancing with reception, learning a dance routine, to a fun song about being a puppet, 'Pinocchio'. Communication is a priority for us once again this year, we will communicate to parents and carers using School Ping In addition, we use Twitter and Instagram to share what's going on within the Academy daily. Please make sure you are following us @Darlinghurstsch on Twitter and @DarlinghurstAcademy on Instagram Join us today at 4pm for our virtual event! Take a look at our Academy at work video looking at footage, past and present. Engage in a virtual tour with Mrs Nicholls as she walks and talks around our Academy. This virtual tour package has been produced to promote our school amongst the community for prospective families however, we wanted to share this experience with you. The link is available for you to view via our website at 4pm. Darlinghurst Academy News & Views 23rd October 2020. Across the academy children and staff have been engaging in cross curricular learning during Black History Month. Mrs Powell (curriculum raising standards leader) and Mr Dunne (humanities leader) have been extremely proud of their engagement and work. This year we have extended our time devoted to Black History Month and it really shows through the quality of work that the children have created this year. Across the academy, the children have embraced the rich and vibrant legacy of many influential black figures and cultures within and beyond living memory and truly demonstrated their understanding of the positive impact the black community have had on our country. What a great success. The children have shown a clear understanding about the importance of diversity and celebrating achievements of all, including how Black History has played a critical part in shaping modern day Britain. I would like to thank you for your commitment to attendance for this half term, knowing that every day counts but also having to consider health and safety. Despite influential factors our attendance is currently at 96% our hand hygiene and safety measures is making a difference. After an eight week term our children are now ready for a well-deserved rest and some family time and I wish them a happy and safe break and look forward to their safe return. Have a safe Halloween and also let us not forget, taking a minute to remember those who gave their lives for us on remembrance Sunday.

Mrs Nicholls

December 2020

Dear Parent/carer,

Here we are at the end of the Autumn Term. In September, we opened the gates to all our children and since, have seen them resettle, engaging in learning and enjoying being back at Darlinghurst. We are extremely proud of their readiness and resilience across the duration of this year. I would like to thank all the children for being truly amazing. I also would like to thank the staff for their commitment and care towards the children and their education, providing teaching for those in attendance and for those who have been required to work remotely. Finally, I would like to thank you for your continued support during the Autumn Term and your understanding towards the challenges that we have faced nationally and locally, along with your cooperation during any bubble closure that we have undertaken. I know that juggling such unforeseen circumstances, is not easy, especially when we have to show an immediate response. Over the next couple of days, please be aware that we will continue to communicate with families, should the need arise. Thank you to our PTA for the Christmas gifts for our children. Finally, this week we have shared with parents our Virtual Christmas productions, we hope that you enjoy them and they spread some Christmas cheer. We enjoyed making them. The children were so excited to receive presents from SANTA and the PTA today. They enjoyed the present drop to their classroom doors from the Elf and her reindeer. A festive treat! All gifts have been quarantined and safe to go home today. On behalf of everyone at Darlinghurst Academy, I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas.

Principal Messages 2019

January 2019

We are looking forward to 2019 and achieving excellence together.

This year we look forward to;

Living and learning - every day

Doing things we love and trying new things

Celebrating achievements - big and small

Challenging ourselves every day

Building confidence and taking risks

Pushing forward, determined to succeed

Learning from our mistakes

Making a difference to ourselves and others

Showing we care and knowing you matter

Remembering you belong

Belonging - I cannot think of a better value to focus upon at the start of a new calendar year, working with our Darlinghurst family, showing our sense of belonging;

Within school

Within the community

Within the wider world


Each one of us is a 'unique individual' and powerful member of the 'team'.

I look forward to seeing the difference we make and the strength in our community that we build - together, this year and in the years to come.

April 2019

A warm and sunny welcome back after the Easter break.

We hope families have enjoyed their time together and children return happy and ready to learn.
Darlinghurst staff are eager to start the summer term which promises to be packed full of exciting events ahead.
This half term, our academy value is 'determination' and we will see our year six children demonstrating this value, alongside our other values, towards their SATs. We are proud of all of our year six children and the teaching team. They demonstrate growth mindsets and resilience - characteristics for life!
I am sure our Performance Club will also demonstrate determination and confidence during their rehearsals for our summer production, 'Pirates and Merfolk'. We can't wait to see it. Our children are so talented and shine!
In addition our sporting teams are prepping for competitions and borough sports, ready for more sporting achievements that begin this week - bringing home the medals.

There are many forthcoming events for us to share and celebrate this term. Please take a look at our school calendar for events, in addition to the curriculum overviews to see the teaching and learning for this half term. It's going to be excellent!

September 2019

I hope you have had a lovely relaxing summer. On behalf of all staff, I offer you a very warm welcome back to Darlinghurst Academy. Staff have been in school over the summer, preparing their classrooms and the curriculum for a motivating start to the term. Educational visits and enrichment opportunities are planned for all year groups linked to their topics, with some great hooks and end points planned. Curriculum overviews are found on our website and we will continue to regularly share curriculum news in twitter and news and views. Transition days at the end of last term went well and teachers are keen to meet their new classes again and begin their establishment routines and expectations with their children. We hope our pop up shop over the summer was useful and look forward to seeing all children return to the academy proudly wearing our uniform. Uniform lists and guidance can be found on our website Academy developments have taken place over the holiday period, particularly around the school grounds, with new playground markings and features in our playground. These developments couldn't have been done without the PTA fund raising and your support. Thank you. We cannot wait for the children to see the new playground games, our mini toadstools and tepee's. Children will enjoy visiting the library and reading books inside or outside on the new toadstools. They can also enjoy books in the reading village - our beach huts! This year we are revamping our school bus – 'the Buddy Bus', with a friendship stop too. Our kind and helpful Peer Mentors will be on board to help other children. It will also be used as 'Head Quarters' for all our active groups. We are proud of the active roles that our children play. They make a difference! The PE team are keen to get children active. They provide our children with numerous opportunities to be healthy and active and this year they are introducing opportunities at the very start of the day, in addition to the active zones at lunch times. Each morning from 8:30 they will be encouraging KS2 children to take part in the 'Daily Mile'. Running club is going to continue on a Friday morning, especially as this is the most attended club! KS1 children will have the opportunity to take part in the 'Daily Mile' during their afternoon break. 

I am looking forward to our coming, 'Shaping the Future' event on Friday 20th September. This is our third year of hosting our special day on which we host a special ceremony and share our school values. This year I will be sharing a special message about believing in the power of possibility! 'Think, Believe, Dream and Dare.'