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ABOUT Wood Green academy

About Wood Green

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, Sports mark Gold, Arts mark 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! ”

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:

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.

DFE School and local statistics

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Senior Leadership Team

Name Title
Mr J Topham Headteacher
Mr M Bowers Deputy Headteacher / Director of Curriculum
Mrs J Wood Deputy Headteacher / Director of Safeguarding and Welfare
Ms E Haskins Deputy Headteacher / Director of Teaching & Learning, CPD and Staffing
Mr P Hesslegrave Chief Finance Officer / Director of Finance and Resources
Miss S Khan Assistant Headteacher / Director of Personal Development
Mrs B Smith Assistant Headteacher / Director of Behaviour and Attendance
Mrs S Valmalette-Wright Assistant Headteacher / Director of Staff Recruitment, ITT and Career Development
Mrs S Taylor Assistant Headteacher / Director of Closing the Gap
Mr I Baggley Assistant Headteacher / Director of Student Experience and Opportunities
Miss N Bruton Assistant Headteacher / Director of Raising Achievement

Wood Green Academy is an 11-19 over-subscribed National Support School specialising in Sport, Maths and Computing.

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