Woodford County High School is a high performing girls’ grammar school – the only one in the London Borough of Redbridge. We are specialists in the education of girls. They thrive here in an environment which supports them to take the risks and embrace the challenges that will prepare them for significant roles and responsibilities in tomorrow’s society.
Rated “Outstanding” when Ofsted last visited in 2009, the school continues to perform impressively in public examinations and its leavers go on each year to study at the country’s top universities. Our students make a positive impression wherever they go and we are as proud of the people they become as of the results they achieve.
Woodford’s success is the result of striking a fine balance between tradition and innovation. Our values are traditional ones and we offer an unashamedly academic curriculum. We are keenly aware, however, that we are preparing our students for a working life none of us can yet anticipate. Our focus, therefore, is on developing the skills, attributes and habits of mind that will equip them as life-long learners. Woodford leavers are articulate, self-confident and skilled in the use of modern technologies. Our aim is to launch them into the world as self-starters, focused but flexible, armed with the courage to grasp opportunities and the resilience and humour to negotiate setbacks along the way. Above all we want them to be equipped to lead happy, fulfilling and useful lives, wherever and however they choose to lead them.
Woodford enjoys an enviable reputation for intellectual, artistic and sporting achievements. In all of these domains, and others beside, we encourage and support our students in exploring their own potential, nurturing existing talents and interests and discovering new ones along the way. Our community, of course, is made up of individuals. To ensure we enable each and every girl to fulfil her potential, an emphasis is placed on personalisation, on proactive mentoring and on pastoral care. And the academic curriculum is complemented by a wide and stimulating range of extra-curricular activities. There is something for everyone. Our students will embark upon adult life conscious of their worth, ambitious for their futures and aware that they are lucky indeed to have been educated here.
Woodford works in collaboration with a number of schools, universities and other organisations. We’re committed to sustaining these existing partnerships and, as the opportunities arise, to building new ones. Membership of the North East London Teaching Alliance (NELTA) is central to this aim. As schools work ever more creatively, to do more for less, we’re keen to collaborate on projects which extend opportunities both for our own students and for those enrolled in nearby schools.
Ms J Pomeroy