As the new Head­mas­ter of Wood­bridge School, I am thrilled to be join­ing such a won­der­ful school.

EADT Suffolk - - EDUCATION - Burkitt Rd, Wood­bridge, Suf­folk IP12 4JH Dr Richard Rob­son Head­mas­ter T: 01394 615041 ad­mis­sions@wood­bridgeschool.org.uk

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.

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