BEd Hons in education of Primary Mainstream and all ages of Severe & Moderate learning difficulties, 1982 – 1986, Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham
Current employment where relevant:
Headteacher of The Ridgeway, a Special School in Farnham Surrey for children 2 – 19 years with severe and profound multiple learning difficulties.
The Ridgeway formed a Multi Academy Trust with three local Secondary Mainstream Schools in April 2017, Weydon Multi Academy Trust, (WMAT). Darryl is the SEND Lead for WMAT.
Darryl is currently the SEN Lead for a Multi Academy Trust of 7 Mainstream Secondary and Primary Schools in Surrey, and is working with a group of national Multi Academy Trusts on the development of a framework for SEND Reviews in Multi Academy Trusts.
Professional experience including organisations you have played a part in:
The Ridgeway moved to outstanding, Ofsted September 2009 and again in June 2013. The school achieved specialist college status for communication and interaction.
The school has been recognised as a centre of excellence in the use of interactive technologies and AAC. This has been recognised in the Oxbridge Student publication on Excellence in Education, and the school has hosted visits on the use of interactive sensory rooms from Canada, Mexico, the USA, Israel and Norway.
In March 2014, The Ridgeway was successful in gaining Teaching School Status as Innovation Teaching School.
Darryl is an NLE, (National Leader of Education) and The Ridgeway is a designated National Support School.
Darryl has been a Mentor and Professional Partner for 5 Headteachers new to post in Surrey Special Schools, all retained or moved their Ofsted gradings to Outstanding.
Headteacher since September 2005. Darryl has led on developing County wide training in behaviour management and also train on understanding of autism. Been a TEACCH trainer for Hampshire. Led Surrey on the implementation of Moving and Handling Trainers in special schools, providing for safer practise and CPD. As Chair of Special Schools Phase Council from 2011 - 2013 Darryl participated in, amongst others, the LA’s SEN Strategy Group, and have led on work to bring a specialist CAMHS worker into special schools.
Darryl uses a system of review, evaluation and targeted action to evaluate the school and its direction. There is a clear focus on impact. There is a heavy emphasis on Research and CPD, there is now a clear ethos of staff developing evidence based practise and this is a focus of Innovation Teaching School and its work. This ethos leads change and development of provision across the school. Leadership is developed at all levels and potential is encouraged and nurtured.
From 2013 to 2016 Darryl undertook the Executive Headship of another school identified by the Local Authority as being in danger of going into special measures. This school was rated Outstanding in February 2016. Darryl has supported a school in special measures within another authority. This school moved two categories to Good in Autumn 2015.
Darryl’s work has been recognised with a Services to Farnham Award 2015 and The NASEN Award for Inspirational Leadership 2017.
Darryl has provided workshops on leadership for Babcock 4S and for the Surrey Teaching School Network. Darryl has provided induction for newly designated NLEs for the National College.