An Orpington school has become the second in the Bromley borough to be awarded world class status.

Darrick Wood School in Lovibonds Avenue has received the World Class School Quality Mark (WCSQM) after a rigorous assessment process.

The award recognises state secondary schools, which go beyond the highest Ofsted inspection grade Outstanding and demonstrates students are a class apart.

Eighteen state secondary schools in the UK have received the WCSQM this year.

Darrick Wood School students submitted an application with written and video sources before being invited to an assessment centre in Foulds School in Barnet, north London. 

The pupils were responsible for regenerating a Biology garden and building a new pond for the school during the assessment.

Foulds headteacher Helen Browett said: “Our playground environment is now significantly improved thanks to the hard work of everyone involved.”

Announcing the awards, Miranda Perry, co-director of WCSQM said: “The mark is about recognising how well the top secondary schools in the country prepare their students to thrive in the 21st century.”

Last week, News Shopper reported Hayes School had received the commendation.