BUSINESS PROFILE – Woodbridge School
A warm welcome to Woodbridge School
We are so very pleased that Shona Norman, a teacher at Woodbridge for over 17 years, has been appointed to lead the School from January 2020. Ms Norman brings an experience, style, and level of competency which will take the school into an even brighter future
Woodbridge School is an Independent co-educational day and boarding school in Suffolk for ages 4-18, providing a wonderful mix of warmth and kindness coupled with focus and purpose. We are proud of our nurturing and inclusive community. The pastoral ethos is at the school’s heart, and it is tangible in the relationships between pupil and teacher, and between the pupils themselves. It is the cornerstone of the Woodbridge education. We work with parents so that a child entering their first years at school in Reception will emerge from Sixth Form prepared and ready to face the challenges of the modern world.
It is this strong foundation that we believe allows our pupils to go forward and flourish, not just in academic life, but also in the vast range of extra-curricular activities that are on offer at the school. At Woodbridge, an equal value is placed on activity both inside and outside the classroom. Children, who are secure and happy, well guided and supported by teachers, will feel confident to try new activities, to believe in their innate ability that they can succeed, and thrive as a result. The results of a
Woodbridge education speak for themselves. Our academic results are exceptional, with over half of all grades at GCSE at the top grade of 9 -7 in 2019, and at A level, almost 86 percent of our results were at grade C or above. Thanks to our outstanding university and careers support, our Year 13 leavers depart with confidence in their next steps; the vast majority receive the results they need for their first choice course at University, with Russell Group universities being the destination of choice for many. The sciences, politics and history were the most popular choices in 2019, with some choosing specialist conservatoires and academies for drama and music.
Our music, art and drama are widely regarded as exceptional, our sports in the top 100 Independent Schools in the country. Drama performances take place 5 times a year at our own Seckford Theatre and the quality is exceptional, with performances at the Edinburgh Fringe. In the music department, pupils have performed stunning choral concerts at Snape Maltings, Ely Cathedral and Norwich Cathedral, as well as a calendar of more local orchestral and choral concerts. Over 350 music lessons are given every week and we offer over 20 different groups, orchestras and ensembles for pupils of all abilities to join. Our art department has also gained a reputation for excellence and holds two departmental exhibitions every year. Pupils also have the opportunity to sell their own work. In sport, our cross country has a national reputation for excellence, our School being one of two chosen to represent the UK in the World Schools Cross Country Championship. Our traditional team sports are taught to an exceptional standard by staff which includes Olympians and former National and International players.
The best way to experience Woodbridge is to come and see for your self. Our next Open Morning is 24 April 2020. We also have a Mini Activities event at Woodbridge School Prep for children aged 3-6 on 11 January from 10.30am.