Overview

Our consistent focus on pedagogy and outstanding learning and teaching leads to excellent progress for every student irrespective of starting point. This means that every student is recognised as having individual needs and aspirations and none are overlooked: students at all levels are fully supported, stretched and inspired to be the best that they can be and make a positive impact on the world.

The Woodroffe School achieves excellent outcomes in whatever performance measures are adopted, with student progress being the most important consideration. Our vision is not solely a narrow academic one. Our school continues to develop the most comprehensive, effective and flexible pastoral support systems, the most engaging and varied extra-curricular programme, and, above all, a learning environment which is both safe and welcoming to all.

The curriculum at Woodroffe is broad, balanced and ambitious for our students. Besides promoting equality of access and experience, we are committed to ensuring all students excel whilst they are with us. The curriculum, in response to the characteristics of our intake, enables students to build knowledge, develop skills and apply their learning across many different contexts, all supported by a robust and consistent approach to assessment.

Students study high quality, nationally recognised qualifications that ensure they are prepared for the next steps in their lives, whether that is further study at college or university, apprenticeships or work. However, our curriculum seeks to not only provide outstanding academic opportunities but to develop the whole child. Therefore, through the curriculum, students will develop as reflective and resilient learners, develop their social awareness, be fully engaged with the world around them and be ever ready for the changes they may face in their lives.

In order to achieve this, the leadership team ensures that every decision is focused on learning and teaching, every appointment secures the very best teacher or member of support staff, and every lesson is taught to a standard that says, ‘This is truly an outstanding school’.

Our subjects perform equally well, and each student will experience the same high-quality teaching in every area of the curriculum, at every stage of their learning. As an outstanding school we are equipped to respond to change, we are driven and continue to embrace innovation that makes a difference, not innovation for its own sake. As one of the best schools we continually reinvent our self, but we do it within a strong framework of good practice, excellent conduct, fair and supportive working practices for staff, and simple good sense. We’re also in it for the long term and recognise that there are no quick fixes in the pursuit of excellence.

We are invested in education. Our excellent track record has afforded us the opportunity to become both a National Teaching School and a National Maths Hub. Our work in these fields has allowed us to support schools and children in a range of locations, sharing practice that has been beneficial to all parties whilst enhancing the provision for all students.

Therefore, our school develops the whole child.

Students immerse themselves within the school; they are culturally enriched by the range of knowledge, skills and experiences gained, both within and beyond the formal curriculum. Ultimately our students will leave us as resilient, lifelong learners able to cope with changing contexts and are well prepared to move into further education, employment or training. The impact and influence of Woodroffe students can be tracked far and wide, extending beyond the locality and providing a positive influence across a range of disciplines.

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 Mrs R Rattenbury,
(Tel: 01297 442232, Fax: 01297 444762, Email: rrattenbury@woodroffe.dorset.sch.uk).