Thoughts from the Headteacher’s office

Record Turnout at Open Events

Nearly 2000 people attended the Woodcote High School open events over the last month. Interest in joining us in both Year 7 and Year 12 has never been higher. The surge in popularity of the school has followed on from the excellent examination results we posted in the summer with record A Level results, and GCSE results that put us firmly in the top 3 Croydon state schools.

This year’s Year 7 students have settled in exceptionally well and there was a great turn-out for our Welcome Aboard evening when parents had an opportunity to speak to Learning Coaches, look at some of the extracurricular activities available and find out how to monitor their child’s progress.

Already this year we’ve had some great sporting successes and some memorable events and fund raising activities that you can read about elsewhere in this magazine. The visit of Sir Ian McKellen of Gandalf and Magneto fame, to the school was a real highlight. Students were quick to take on board his clear anti homophobic bullying message.

Work is continuing apace on our new Science block which is due to open in the New Year. The block, part of the £1.6m refurbishment of our Science Department, is only the first phase in a project which will see 11 brand new science laboratories plus a dedicated room for the teaching of PE and Sports

Our relentless focus on student achievement continues. All students have been taking their first half term assessments and these will help us to be able to send you the Autumn 1 assessment data in November. The Year 11 students have important mock exams in December and are working hard towards these exams.

So much goes on every day that it is sometimes difficult to keep up. How about logging on to Twitter www.twitter.com/woodcotehigh or follow us @woodcotehigh and keep in the know.