Welcome to Woodkirk Academy's website.
On behalf of the Governing Board, staff and students I would like to welcome you to Woodkirk Academy’s website.
Woodkirk Academy is a popular, successful and oversubscribed school where we have a very proud record in academic, intellectual, social, musical, sporting and community developments.
Woodkirk Academy is committed to developing the ‘whole’ person and this has been externally recognised over the years by a number of other bodies such as the Sportsmark Award, Advanced Healthy Schools Status, the Stephen Lawrence Award and the Leeds Music Education Partnership Champion School Award. We believe that a first class education begins with an assurance of exemplary safety and behaviour and we work very hard to establish this. Ofsted noted in our most recent Ofsted inspection (November 2017) at Woodkirk noted that ‘Pupils [report that they] feel safe and are confident that staff will deal effectively with any problems; Pupils value the support they receive from staff'
We pride ourselves on being a caring community with a positive ethos and a strong sense of purpose. We have an enviable reputation for being a happy, well ordered community offering a wide variety of educational experiences for all students. Supportive and warm relationships, underpinned by outstanding discipline, enhance the positive atmosphere within the Academy.
The heart of our success is the high quality of classroom teaching. Our students are well motivated, with established, positive work habits. We have high expectations in all aspects of their work and behaviour. Woodkirk Academy has a strong team approach in all its endeavours, with a tremendously hardworking and dedicated staff whose energies are devoted to providing the best opportunities for all students in the school. As such, in 2019 the progress made by students at Key Stage 4 was significantly better than national; repeating the pattern seen in recent years. Progress at Key Stage 5 was also significantly above national with well over half of all grades at the highest level of A*-B or equivalent. Ofsted noted that 'Across the school, teachers are very conscientious and highly committed. They create excellent relationships in lessons so that students enjoy their learning.'
A key strength of our school is our excellent Sixth Form. As the only school based sixth form locally, your son or daughter can be at Woodkirk Academy for seven years. Our Sixth Form is one of the largest and most successful Level 3 providers in the area, with departing Year 13 students going on to study a wide variety of courses in higher and further education, or securing apprenticeships and employment of their choice due to the superb education they received here.
Woodkirk’s investment in life beyond the classroom through careers, work experience, outdoor pursuits, community projects, field trips and foreign travel is recognised as being second to none. The success of our musical and drama productions are well known, as is our reputation for exceptional sporting achievements, fair play and the sheer joy of physical activity and games. The school has an excellent record of achieving a balance between academic and non-academic activities.
We aim to provide an outstanding education to all our students and this remains our first priority at all times. As part of our commitment, we have undertaken several refurbishment projects since becoming an Academy. This has given us a first rate Sixth Form facility, together with improved Design Technology and Business Studies areas and classrooms.
We have suited subjects together to allow students to learn in specialist environments and have a spacious Learning Resources Centre which provides an excellent study space for all students both through and beyond the school day. Our state of the art 3G pitch for Physical Education and refurbished Main Hall and stage, have allowed students access to the very best facilities to enhance their learning. We have replaced roofs and windows to further enhance the learning environment, as well as refurbishing a number of Science laboratories.
We have a committed and supportive Local Governing Board for Woodkirk Academy and a Board of Trustees for Leodis Academies Trust, where we work in partnership with East Ardsley, Hill Top, Westerton and Blackgates Primary Academies. A well-qualified, experienced and enthusiastic staff and an active Friends of the School Association also ensure that students at Woodkirk are given every opportunity to excel.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information about the school or if you would like to visit us and see us in ‘action’.
Mrs J Barton