The Academy

Woodkirk Academy is a school of 1860 students on roll, including more than 300 sixth formers and a staff of 117 teachers, plus 90 support staff.  Woodkirk is set in its own extensive grounds and has the staffing, facilities and courses available to educate students to university entrance level.

We aim to create a balance between the various academic, intellectual, spiritual, cultural, social, community, musical, athletic and career demands on young people.  We have splendid traditions in music, performing arts, drama, theatre, games, physical education and community involvement.

Students are encouraged to be involved in all aspects of school life; the range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities offers a wide variety of choice.  We follow the National Curriculum and students are given full support to excel; the future belongs to young people who are well educated and trained to offer the skills and abilities demanded by society.  As an Academy School we provide enhanced facilities and resources in mathematics and science.

We are outward looking within the community, the nation and Europe in particular.  Students are involved in community work and work placement schemes.  The many trips, visits, outings, displays and fieldwork excursions we organise form an important part of school life.  There have been successful student excursions and visits to France, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland and the USA.  We also have links with schools in Germany, Romania and Africa.

Staff are well qualified, experienced and enthusiastic and are supported by an excellent Governing Board and generous parent involvement.  We are proud to reflect traditional values and standards but we also employ the best of modern practice and teaching in all areas.  Our popularity and public standing continues to grow as student achievement continues to improve at all levels.

Parents welcome the emphasis on hard work, examination success, homework, good standards of behaviour and full participation in the life of a caring, yet vigorous and challenging school. Woodkirk is recognised in the community for providing a happy, stable, safe and secure environment.

The pastoral system is based on a student's form tutor working closely with the Head of Year, Assistant Head of Year, Vice Principal - Behaviour and Safety, and parents.