Overview

The Woodroffe School is unique. Situated on a beautiful site, with a commanding view of Lyme Bay, it is recognised as one of the most innovative and dynamic schools in the country. Pupils join us from Dorset, Devon and Somerset to experience academic challenge, a remarkable range of extra-curricular activities and a strong sense of community.

Described by Ofsted as an outstanding school, with outstanding teaching and learning, it offers a warm and caring environment where children flourish. As an 11-18 Comprehensive school, committed equally to the development of artistic and academic excellence, it combines examination success with a truly nurturing ethos. Above all, we are committed to the development of learning and this guides everything we do.

Students who join in Year 7 are expected to stay on until the sixth form, where a full range of A-Level courses are available. Woodroffe has high academic standards, a dedicated and committed staff, and excellent facilities aimed at providing the best possible education for our young people. Enthusiastic teachers actively engage students in the learning process, developing their ability to learn independently, creatively and with passion. All forms of personal achievement are celebrated and encouraged. All our pupils have talents and their various skills are accorded equal value and importance.

The school offers a striking combination of innovation and tradition. Uniform is worn throughout the school, and worn well, and visitors often remark on the politeness and helpfulness of our students. Behaviour has been described by Ofsted as exemplary and relationships between staff and students are excellent.

Our forward thinking curriculum is at the heart of our success and is flexible yet robust enough to cope with the continuing culture of change at national level. The Year 7 Literacy Curriculum is unique to Woodroffe, with its focus on reading and the development of the literacy skills students need to become successful both at school and in their future careers. We have also developed an innovative Year 9 Curriculum which allows students the chance to choose one of seven pathways, enabling them to make much more informed choices at GCSE.

We offer a wide range of GCSEs and provide access to an increasingly broad range of vocational courses all the way up into our Sixth Form. Students also benefit from an extraordinary range of extracurricular opportunities across all aspects of school, from regular sporting activities to large-scale theatrical productions. We even have our own Combined Cadet Force.

When schools were lucky enough to enjoy Specialist Status, Woodroffe was a Visual Arts College, with additional specialisms in Maths and Computing. There is still a strong focus on the arts, as you would expect, but also a determination to ensure that young people live healthy and productive lives. Our contribution to broader educational principles is recognised nationally and we are one of only two Cultural Education Lead schools in the country, tasked with developing cultural education across all schools

In 2012, following a demanding selection process led by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and the Department for Education, we became a National Teaching School, one of very few in the region, and we now lead an alliance of over thirty schools stretching from Dartmoor to Weymouth. The Jurassic Coast Teaching School Alliance is fast becoming recognised as a one of the most forward thinking and effective Teaching School alliances in the country. Teaching School status allows us access to an exceptionally wide range of opportunities, all of which help us to develop classroom practice and improve the experience of students in lessons.

In 2014 we became a National Maths Hub, working with a network of schools stretching right across the southwest. Two hundred and seventy schools applied to become Maths Hubs, but only 32 were selected. This is an indication of both the quality of the work done in Maths at Woodroffe but also recognition of the strengths of the alliance of schools who are part of the Hub.

Please do come and join us for one of our Open Days where you will be able to see the School as it is on a normal day, or feel free to make an appointment by contacting the School Office.

Further details about the school, including a prospectus, can be obtained from Miss G Keeping,
(Tel: 01297 442232, Fax: 01297 444762, Email: gkeeping@woodroffe.dorset.sch.uk).

Richard Steward
Headteacher