Woodbridge High School (London)
Woodbridge High School is a co-educational secondary school located in Woodford Green in the London Borough of Redbridge, London, England. It is designated a Specialist Language College.
The school appointed Andrew Beaumont as headmaster in 2004 after the former headmistress Barbara Haigh retired after 16 years at the school. Andrew Beaumont previously held the deputy headmaster post at Watford Grammar School for Boys. The headteacher teaches classes of Geography and RE.
Woodbridge has approximately 1,500 pupils and over one hundred members of staff. The school's motto is "Pride in Achievement".
The catchment area for Woodbridge is wide, and includes the Orchard Estate council housing area nearby whilst also stretching up as far as the Church End Ward in South Woodford. Many pupils come from the surrounding areas such as Walthamstow, Gants Hill and Ilford. The nearest tube stations are Woodford (10 min walk) and South Woodford (20 min walk) on the London Underground Central Line.
Pupil development and pastoral care
A pastoral system ensures academic and personal progress, as well as a safe environment in which to learn. Pupils are placed in mixed ability tutor groups. The same team of form tutors led by the year co-ordinator stays with the group for five years until the sixth form. The welfare and progress of every pupil is monitored with annual school reports, covering their achievement, attendance and good behaviour, this was recognised in their 2005 Ofsted report,
The ratio of computers to students is 1:3. There is a sports hall and a library. The school has a music studio, two drama studios and scientific practical classrooms as well as general classrooms. The two main buildings, Mallards, and Wynndale, are situated either side of an all-weather sports pitch. Some departments have their own ICT facilities and the majority of classrooms are equipped with interactive white boards.
At Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) all pupils study English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, History, Geography, two Modern Foreign Languages, Art, Music, Drama, ICT, Religious Education, Physical Education and PSHE. Pupils are mainly taught in mixed ability groups, although there is some ability related setting in Mathematics and Languages.
At Key Stage 4 (years 10-11) all pupils are prepared for GCSE qualifications. Most pupils are entered for 10 - 11 GCSEs and take either two modern foreign languages or just one alongside a BTEC of their choice.They study English Literature, English Language, Mathematics, Science, French and take part in some Physical Education. They also choose options from a very wide range of subjects. The subjects offered are Art & Design, Business Studies, Child Development, Drama, Expressive Arts, German, Russian, Geography, History, Information Technology, Media Studies, Music, Physical Education, Psychology, Religious Studies, Resistant Materials, Building Craft Occupations, Graphics, Food Technology and Textile Technology. Students may take Applied GCSE courses in Business and Health & Social Care as two of their options. An Additional Studies option is available for students who need support with their GCSE subjects.
An alternative pathway is now available for students who wish to follow a more vocational, work-related curriculum. College courses, work placements and work-based learning can be chosen alongside core and optional subjects.
The school is a designated Language College and Business & Enterprise College. It has an Applied Learning Specialism. It has received School Achievement awards further to the 'value-added' to students.
The school is noted for its TAFAL programme. TAFAL or "Teach A Friend A Language" is a scheme where pupils are encouraged to learn new languages of other class pupils and enter a competition. The format has been adopted by schools nationwide.
Woodbridge accepts children from all and any religious and ethnic backgrounds. The school has held events including Chinese New Year celebrations and Black History Month concerts.
There are three main buildings in Woodbridge High School, along with the Sports Hall which is situated in the central field.
Mallards is a three-floor building situated at the Broadmead Road end of the site. It contains the school's main office, and the departments of Science, English, Drama, Business, Media and Art. There is a library and a learning support department. There is also a canteen known as "Mallard's Canteen" and a large Sixth Form suite upstairs, including a common room for students to socialise and a private study area.
Wynndale is the more modern building on the site, and is situated at the bottom of Wynndale Road, although it is accessed by the St Barnabas Road gate. The building holds the school's main canteen and Wynndale Hall, where most of the school's events are held and exams take place. The main subject areas taught in Wynndale are Music, Maths, History, Geography, Religious Studies and the Technology block is situated at the rear of the building.
Double vented school blazer with embossed school crest, white shirt, black and yellow striped school tie, black V-Necked jumper, black trousers and black shoes. Overcoats must be black or navy in colour.
PE kit consists of T-shirt in house colours and shorts in summer, or rugby shirt and tracksuit bottoms in winter, and trainers or tennis shoes
Sixth formers wear business-like clothing every day of the week.