Thoughts from the Headteacher’s office

Nearly the end of term!

The final days before the Christmas holidays are always extremely hectic. The Year 11 students are taking their Mock Exams and the Sixth Formers are preparing for their Mocks in January.  We’ve had the Christmas Concert and the Year 7 Christmas Church Service and a round of Governors meetings and planning sessions for the new school year.

This afternoon, before our  final staff training evening of the year, we’ve got a Christmas tea party and the award of our Employee of the Month for December.  So it’s only the staff Christmas Party on Thursday evening and the final assembly and teachers pantomime to go before we can all draw breath!

 As we come to the end of the first term of this academic year, it’s time to reflect on some of the highlights of the 2013/2014 year so far.

In January 2014 the latest schools performance tables will be published. We fully expect to see Woodcote High School towards the top of the Croydon State School tables after a staggering 82% of our students achieved at least 5A* to C grades including Maths and English (a 12% increase on 2012). This fantastic result has set a really high bar for our current year 11 students and I’m pleased to say that they are rising to the challenge very well and we all have high hopes for them.

One of the first events of the new term will be the Year 11 mock exams assembly on Friday 17th January when the students get a taste of what it is going to feel like when they get their results on 21st August. The event is always very emotional and acts as a real catalyst for the final push to the GCSE exams in the summer. The awarding of Gold ties for students that are beating their GCSE targets always kicks off a real competitive spirit which helps all students to progress.

In November we were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Yvette Hopley to open our new Enhanced Learning Provision (ELP) for mobility impaired students. The unit is a fabulous new addition to the school and something the students can be really proud of. The ELP comes hot on the heels of our new Track Coulsdon athletics facility which is already used by many athletes and the track is busy even on winter evenings with runners training and practicing their sport. I hope you enjoy reading about all the other things that are going on at Woodcote. As usual if you want to keep up with the latest news, follow us on Twitter or read the newsitems on our website.