Wood Green Academy is an oversubscribed, co-educational Comprehensive School and Specialist College of Sport for students aged 11 to 18 years. It is a 12 form entry with a yearly intake of some 256 students from local primary schools. In September 2019 there will be about 1500 students in the school of whom approximately 250 will be in the Sixth Form (Years 12/13) which attracts students from this and other secondary schools in the area. There are over 100 members of teaching staff.
The school was formed in 1968 by the amalgamation of Wednesbury Boy’s High School (1924) and Wood Green County Secondary Modern School (1963). The original buildings have had extensive additions. The 1970’s saw The Weston Building opened, in 1971, containing a Library and Lecture Theatre, a practical wing with an Art Suite, Technology workshops and Textile room, and a Music Suite. More recently ICT Suites have been added. The Reading Room, funded by a generous donation from the Old Wodens – “old boys” of the school, was opened in 1993.
Our long-awaited Sports Hall was built in 1995. Our most recent teaching block, the Hughes Building, and the Sports Hall extension were completed in September 2007, giving the school state-of-the-art facilities for our students. The Hughes Building houses the English and Maths departments and three Science laboratories as well as the Sixth Form Centre for our 250+ year 12 and 13 students. This also includes an ICT facility to support research and self-study. All the classrooms have interactive whiteboards and network facilities.
In addition, the Maths & English departments have two classrooms with a connecting folding wall allowing large group teaching/lecturing to take place. This new building was designed with sustainability and flexibility in mind, and will effectively support the school’s continued development of teaching and learning as we embrace further the new technologies of the 21st Century.
The Sports Hall has a sprung floor throughout, a community room, a tumbling track for the tumblers and facilities for pole vaulting. The gymnasium has a fully fitted, gymnastics sprung floor. Both the school and the community are able to benefit from these facilities and support our aspiration to develop future athletes.
These developments, together with modifications to the existing buildings to upgrade accommodation for Science, Food Technology and Drama mean that the school is well equipped in all departments. From September 1998 Wood Green High School became a specialist Sports College. From September 2006 the school acquired a second specialism of Maths and Computing. In April 2011 the school was awarded Academy status making it independent of the Local Authority.