Our son has been at Darlinghurst for 3 years now. We were new to the area in 2021 and had to pick schools during lock-down. Not knowing any of the schools in our catchment area, we had to go on gut feeling and the communication we had with each one. Darlinghurst blew us away with its fantastic resources and the great outdoor spaces it had. He settled well into the nursery and I can’t speak highly enough of the staff. They are all so dedicated to the job and go above and beyond for all the children. Fast forward and my son will be going into year 3 in September and I’m delighted to say we definitely made the right choice of schools for him. We love the way Darlinghurst approaches it’s teaching and treats each child holistically, not just academically, helping them grow as well rounded, caring people.

It’s such a bonus to the school to have specialist teachers in Art, PE and outdoor learning. Something not all primary schools have. They are all so knowledgeable and passionate about their particular fields and the kids love their lessons. We’re also so lucky to have Mrs Powell, the schools UN accredited climate change teacher. Being the only eco school in the Southend area, there is a big focus on how we can be more green. I think it’s important to get kids thinking about this sort of thing from an early age and how we can all help make a difference in our world.

As a member of the PTA, I’ve been lucky enough to get “behind the scenes” views of the school. From this fly-on-the-wall perspective I have had a true insight to the school and its teachers without them being “on parade”. I can honestly say that everything you see on the surface is not just for show, it’s all genuine. The staff are fantastic and the children are very happy and extremely polite. 

I can’t recommend Darlinghurst enough and could go on singing it’s praises, but I’ll let you see that for yourself!

What is it like to be part of  Darlinghurst Academy?

What our children say about Darlinghurst Academy:

  • We are like family. Teachers are kind and always find ways to help. They encourage us to think positively. Whenever I am sad, I can talk to an adult and soon I am smiling again.
  • The teachers challenge and support us. They encourage us to try our best and be determined.
  • I will never forget all of the incredible opportunities such as sports tournaments and fantastic school trips. Everyone belongs here – no one is left out.
  • Darlinghurst is a wonderful school, full of amazing staff and friendly children. The PE department is packed with equipment to keep fit and the outdoor learning is always an interesting lesson.
  • I would not be who I am now without my precious time at Darlinghurst and those inspirational years.
  • I always feel safe and happy and have made so many friends. The teachers are kind and inspiring.
  • I have gained important life skills, now and for the  future. I know it is much better to try something than to not try at all!

What our parents say about Darlinghurst Academy:

  • It is a caring place and part of my family’s life for many years, creating the best memories.
  • The staff show patience, supporting us with any issues.  Staff always go above and beyond their call of duty.
  • We love the Darlinghurst way and how you always make us feel like a big family. Children in your care are exceptionally lucky and have a base grounding to take forward with them.
  • Mrs Nicholls and her team work extremely hard to ensure that the education is broad, balanced and enjoyable. My son’s time at Darlinghurst has been a memorable one. He has had cross-curricular opportunities including entering competitions, festivals, clubs, organised events by the staff and PTA, including being a proud representative of the academy as Junior Governor. They give children a thorough grounding academically, emotionally and socially.
  • Staff go above and beyond to support, not just the children but families as well. Nothing is ever too much trouble.
  • We were extremely impressed by the way that the school responded in an efficient and proactive manner to Covid.
  • The live lessons have reduced stress and the juggle of working from home and learning. It creates some normality for the children, with interaction with teacher and friends.
  • I have been incredibly impressed by the quality and amount of face-to-face teaching. We have no concerns about the education our child is receiving nor the fear of her falling behind. She has embraced online learning and has become a very independent and organised learner.
  • The effort and energy the staff put into remote learning and phone calls made me feel connected and cared for. I cannot believe my son is maintaining previous skills, but also continuing to develop them remotely.

What our staff say about Darlinghurst Academy:

  • Darlinghurst is an incredible place to work with a fun, friendly and supportive atmosphere. It is a vibrant, happy place.
  • Strong leadership has created a culture that is passionate about delivering exciting learning experiences, but keeps the safety, well-being and happiness of staff, families and children at the centre of all that we do.
  • I feel supported and valued as a member of staff and part of a team. There is a real sense of belonging.
  • Should help be needed, workable solutions and support is always given.
  • Senior leaders care deeply about the well-being of the staff and nothing is too much trouble.
  • There is a sense of trust and empowerment from the leadership, enabling me to grow and flourish as a professional.
  • We have a strong and committed team. Everyone is committed to ensuring that the children receive a rich, diverse and engaging curriculum.
  • We work closely together to ensure every child’s emotional and academic needs are met.      
  • We are devoted to ensure children lead healthy lives, engaging in the world around them. They are responsible citizens of the multicultural country in which we live.