Rough Notes – February 2022

Dear Parents, Carers, and friends of The Woodroffe School,

Thank you for taking the time to read through our latest edition of ‘Rough Notes’, it seems to have come around very quickly, how time flies.

We have had a positive start to the year and the first term has passed very quickly. Our examination students have a short time before the exam season is upon them. We continue to support their preparation and help them every step of the way. This half-term, we have delivered revision strategy sessions to year 11 and will be doing the same for the 6th form after the break.

We were very pleased to welcome the parents and carers of our year 11 students to their final ‘Progress Evening’, we have missed having you in school and it was great to see you in person once again.

Our students have continued to do great things. On Thursday 10th of February, our year 9 boys rugby team became Southwest Champions, not losing a game at their regional tournament in Bristol. Congratulations to the players and coaching staff, a fantastic achievement.

Our year 10 students enjoyed an educational visit to the Eden Project. What a lovely photo of them together outside the Mediterranean Dome.

The Southwest Cross-Country Championships were held in Chippenham on Saturday 5th February. Woodroffe had 3 students representing Dorset County.

  • Minor Girls (Yr 7s) – Mia Morris finished 25th in the race.
  • Junior Boys (Yr 8/9s) – Will Birchall finished 1st and was crowned the Southwest Champion.
  • Inter Boys (Yr 10/11s) – Henry Birchall finished 28th.

Congratulations to them all on their achievements.

Students have once again been able to participate in the UK Maths Challenge. This year they were able to do so sitting in the hall with their peers and not having to complete the challenge online. Another small indication of the distance travelled on the route back to more normal ways of functioning.

On Tuesday 8th of February students in years 10, 11, 12 and 13 made a visit to London’s West End to watch The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre. Despite a long day and late return, the trip was a huge success. Thanks to all those involved in organising the visit.

Our students have been supporting UK LGBT+ History Month across February. “LGBT History Month is part of Schools OUT UK, whose goal is to make our schools and educational institutions safe spaces for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) communities.” Students had huge support for their fundraiser with £186 donated through planned activities.

Such a lot packed into such a small amount of time!

The building project is entering its final stages with completion estimated to be around the end of May. The artist impression gives a clear indication of what the building will look like once complete. At present, the roof is under construction.

Thank you, Footprints Architects, for allowing us to use this image.

I hope you enjoy our latest edition of ‘Rough Notes’. Should you wish to find out more about our school, news or events, please visit the school website, which I am sure you will find useful. In addition, for regular updates, why not look at our social media outlets:

The Woodroffe School Headteacher can be found on Twitter - @HeadteacherTws
The Woodroffe School can be found on Twitter - @WoodroffeSchool
The Woodroffe School on Instagram – woodroffeschooldorset

Best wishes,

Dan Watts