As the new Headmaster of Woodbridge School, I am thrilled to be joining such a wonderful school.
I already knew about the hallmarks of Woodbridge: the exceptional creative and performing arts; the amazing sports provision; the unique ‘Learning@Woodbridge’ approach it provides to achieve academic excellence. But when I visited the school for the very first time I was immediately struck by the warmth of the pupils. They were smiling, happy and clearly relishing their Woodbridge experience. As I met more pupils and staff, it became very clear to me that within this unique community there is a clear sense of individual identity and a strong sense of belonging. In other words, every pupil is known and valued for who they are and they all fit in. This seemed a recipe for success and I wanted to be a part of it!
What also struck me about Woodbridge is that the journey the pupils experience throughout their time at the school is just as important as the academic outcome; that GCSE and A Level examination grades are only part of the story. Last year, the school achieved the very best GCSE results ever in the school’s history. This triumph demonstrates that academic success will always emanate from children that know the value of working hard, having the confidence to get it wrong and learning from their mistakes.
To ‘get good grades’ is only valuable if young people have the disposition to ‘bring them to life’. Woodbridge inculcates the essential attributes such as confidence, communication skills, taking the initiative and resilience to ensure examination results do not remain on the page but they are brought to life. These are the skills that will transcend their adolescence into their adult lives. This is what Woodbridge School prepares them for. It is exciting, innovative and inspirational.
The mission of the school is to give all pupils the essential ‘foundation for life’ and you can see it from the moment you visit the school. Each and every pupil is given such a plethora of opportunities inside and outside of the classroom to discover the multiple intelligences that they have. The relationships they build with each other, and with the superb staff, enable each and every pupil to be more aspirational, challenge themselves and become fulfilled.
I am proud to be joining a school that offers such a unique educational approach. I would like to warmly welcome you to come and see us for yourself and take a tour of our wonderful school. The pupils will show you around, tell you about their first-hand experiences of our open and supportive environment and why their educational journey has been so rewarding. This gem of a school, on a beautiful hillside in the heart of Woodbridge, is a remarkable place to learn and achieve. I look forward to welcoming you to Woodbridge soon.