It was a great pleasure to attend The Seventh Annual Croydon Council Awards at the Croydon Hilton Hotel on Thursday 27th November 2014 to receive the trophy for the Croydon Secondary School of the Year Award on behalf of Woodcote High school. It was a glittering occasion and the prestigious award was hugely appreciated and was well earned by both students and staff alike.
The citation for the reward reads as follows:
“This year, 77 percent of students at Woodcote High School achieved five or more A*-C grades including English and Mathematics. Half of students, over double the national average, also achieved the English Baccalaureate qualification, which enables students to study at the highest level in the Sixth Form. The learning environments within the school are bright, creative and focused around how the student best learns. Woodcote is now well placed to become a “good” school at the next Ofsted inspection.”
The Chair of Governors was delighted to hear the news and wrote the following letter:
“I write with some excitement to tell you, if you did not know already by now, that last night Woodcote High School was awarded Croydon Council’s Secondary School of the Year Award for 2014. In the words of the citation the award is made “to recognise the hard work, dedication and achievements of our staff and those working on behalf of Croydon Council through our partners and contractors” I hope that you agree that this is both an honour and a welcome development that surely recognises amongst other aspects of school life (e.g. our continuously developing estate) the excellent performance over the past few years at Key Stage 4 (GCSEs and equivalents) and the improvements now being made at Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form). On behalf of the Governing Body of the school I would like to convey my congratulations to all of those involved: headteacher Mark Southworth, his leadership team and the whole teaching staff, the support staff, and of course the students and their parents. All are part of the community that makes for Woodcote High School. Well done.
Family. Dignity. Ability.