We expect all Woodham students to aspire to the highest standards of work and behaviour possible, showing self discipline and consideration for others. We aim to provide a safe, secure and pleasant environment for everyone, where students are supported to fulfil their potential. At Woodham Academy, we believe that all students have the right to learn in an environment free from disruption, poor behaviour, bullying and discrimination. Our rules are simple:

  • Let others learn and complete all work to the best of your ability.
  • Ensure phones are on silent and out of sight in corridors and lessons.
  • Attend school and lessons prepared and on time.
  • Respect and be polite to all people in or out of school.
  • Never drop litter.

In addition to these general rules, we have clear policies for dealing with specific types of misbehaviour including the inappropriate use of mobile phones within school, drug and alcohol misuse (including smoking), misuse of school ICT facilities and bullying.

Home School Agreement

Our home school agreement sets the standards from which we work and is reviewed annually. The agreement is based on mutual respect and cooperation. All students and parents are asked to sign the document. Students are introduced to the agreement in PCC lessons in Year 7 and it remains a live document during their stay at Woodham Academy.


All students belong to one of three houses, Brancepeth, Lambton or Raby, which compete throughout the year for the Bulman Trophy. Students receive rewards points for their house for achievement, effort, attendance and punctuality. A series of after-school house competitions also contribute points. Rewards assemblies are held every term to celebrate individual and house success.


The vast majority of our students behave well, and conduct themselves appropriately. We use a tracking system to monitor behaviour across all lessons. Where students do misbehave they are given a behaviour point, they are required to attend an after-school detention on that day.
For persistent or serious breaches, there are additional sanctions that may be imposed, including referral to a behaviour room, and fixed term exclusions.


Students have a responsibility to complete homework on time and to the best of their ability. Parents are asked to support us in ensuring that homework is completed on a regular basis. As an extension of work in the classroom, the importance of homework cannot be over estimated. It also helps students accept responsibility for their learning and establish good working habits. In years 7, 8, 9 homework is set online through Doddle. Homework is set every Monday. Students are given until the next Monday to complete. If your child is experiencing difficulties with homework, do not hesitate to contact the school. The learning centre is open during lunchtime and after school to help where necessary.

Lunchtime Arrangements

All students are encouraged to stay at school for lunch. Our chef, Linda Vipond, and her staff use fresh, locally sourced ingredients to prepare delicious hot meals in Durham Dining Room. A sandwich bar, pasta pots and paninis are available in both Durham and Brancepeth dining rooms. A meal deal costs £2.10. If you think your child might be eligible for free school meals, please contact us. The dining room operate on a cashless system using ParentPay. Any student who wishes to leave site at lunchtime is required to obtain a lunch pass and be supervised at home by their parents during this period.

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