Wood Green Academy offers exciting opportunities and a very broad range of experiences to its pupils. Although a large and diverse school, staff are friendly and supportive and there are ample opportunities for professional development and advancement for all teachers.
Wood Green Academy became a Specialist Sports College in 1998 and a Specialist Maths and Computing College in 2006. Since then we have gained several other awards: Investor in People, Sportsmark Gold, Artsmark Gold, Healthy Schools, ICT mark, Training Development Agency Partnership School, Leading Edge Status and Teaching School.
Wood Green is a mixed 11-19 Community Comprehensive school in the North Sandwell Consortium (Wednesbury North).
In February 2020 we were inspected by Ofsted and we were judged to be a Good school under the new more demanding framework. Our behaviour was classed as Outstanding.
We are often asked what makes our school so successful and the answer is quite simple – it is hard work and teamwork, by teachers, support staff, pupils and parents. This is called doing things “The Wood Green Way! ”
- It is a cheerful place to teach and learn
- We have excellent teachers and support staff who know the students well.
- Our enthusiastic and well-behaved students aspire to achieve their best.
- We offer an innovative broad and inclusive curriculum.
- Support and guidance through the student achievement and welfare system is very strong.
- There are a huge number of exciting extra-curricular and enrichment activities on offer.
- We have very supportive parents and Governors.
- We have excellent facilities, especially for Sport, Science and ICT, and over the last few years we have invested over £3m to improve the learning facilities at Wood Green.
- Our Examination Results have shown much improvement over the years and remain at a high standard, highlighting the excellent progress that students of Wood Green make.
- We are fully staffed with specialist teachers in all subject areas.
- We are all insistent, consistent and persistent in our drive to improve our standards.
- Our examination results make us one of the highest performing schools in Sandwell and the Black Country. However Wood Green isn’t just about examination results and our extra-curricular and enrichment activities allow our students to develop all important employability skills and resilience.
Our students have a national reputation in a number of sporting and non-sporting activities. We have national champions in a range of individual + team sports and have previously been National Debate Mate runners-up.
We are equally proud that students show a responsible and charitable attitude to others and are involved in a wide range of activities in the community. The smart, modern school uniform is worn with pride and the Student Council is always looking for ways in which we can all continue to improve our school.
Our last Ofsted Inspection Report (February 2020) contained many pleasing comments such as:
- Leaders strive for pupils to leave school as ‘confident, successful, well-rounded young people’. Pupils have opportunities to enhance their wider experiences through the enrichment programme, clubs and visits.
- Pupils love coming to school which is why they attend so regularly. They enjoy their learning. Their behaviour in lessons and around school is exemplary. Pupils show a high level of respect for each other.
- Leaders are ambitious for pupils. This is why they offer a wide range of subjects they can choose to study at GCSE and in the sixth form.
- Curriculum planning allows pupils to learn and remember more.
- Lessons are planned effectively to extend pupils’ knowledge and skills.
- The learning hub is at the heart of leaders’ intentions that reading has a high priority.
- Low attaining pupils, disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities all achieve highly. Leaders deploy additional funding to provide effective additional support. The curriculum is planned well to ensure they are learning and remembering more.
- In the sixth form, leaders are highly committed to maintaining a broad range of options, however small the uptake. Leaders have also expanded the types of qualifications available.
- Pupils attitudes to learning are of a consistently high standard. Leaders’ expectations for behaviour are exceptionally high and pupils respond positively to this. Pupils are articulate and respectful of others’ opinions and beliefs.
- Leaders plan well for pupils’ personal development. The school’s personal, social, health and education programme ‘step up for life’ ensures that there is a high focus on religious and moral issues. The school has a comprehensive programme for careers advice and guidance.
- There is a strong culture of safeguarding in school. Leaders have a good understanding of their roles and responsibilities. They have put in place a thorough training programme for staff to ensure they are all fully equipped to respond to any safeguarding incidents.
These comments truly reflect what Wood Green is about.
As the Headteacher of Wood Green Academy, I have one clear aim in mind – to achieve ‘Excellence in Education’ for every student who attends Wood Green.
Every day is an Open Day and we always welcome people to judge for themselves whether our excellent reputation is deserved – so come and visit us!
Senior Leadership Team 2020 – 21
You may not have realised, but Wood Green Academy is a Charity. Like any charity we are always seeking to raise charitable donations that will help us to offer new learning experiences for our students that, otherwise, we may not have been able to offer.
There are a number of ways we accept and raises donations to support our students and other charities: On occasion, we receive financial donations and requests that monies be spent in a particular way. Sometimes open donations are made, without restriction, and how monies are spent is decided within the school, normally through our Student Council or School Fund arrangements. Finally, the school may hold fund raising events to generate funds for a specific purpose, or for another charity, like Help for Heroes or the Macmillan Cancer Support.
Donations, regardless of size, are always gratefully received. If you would like to make a donation, please contact me at the school at your convenience.
Mr J. Topham
Please note that the Academy does not charge in respect of admission to the school or for access to the curriculum. The Academy can only charge pupils where the law allows for it to do so. For example, for school meals, the delivery of education and use of premises by pupils who are not registered at the school and for school lettings.