More Able Academy


Welcome to Woodham’s More Able Academy. The academy has evolved from the outstanding success of the Sports Academy, providing a bespoke programme of extra-curricular activities designed to help our more able students to excel.


There is a stimulating programme of weekly activities, together with one-off events, to raise aspirations. Events include outside speakers and university visits.

Membership of the More Able Academy is based upon prior attainment and requires students to meet strict academic criteria in terms of current achievement, attendance and behaviour.

Over the course of the last school year More Able Academy students have had the opportunity to attend local colleges and universities to observe, and be involved in, projects on Medicine, History and gifted and talented sessions.

They have visited local companies, learning about subjects such as Engineering, and attended museums such as the Oriental museum.

More Able Academy students have listened to guest speakers which have included politicians and scientists. They have also competed in the following competitions over the school year:

The Big Deal competition: this competition is a young entrepreneurial competition, where students work on products for 12 weeks. This culminates in a grand finale at York University where students present their product in front of a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel. This competition is primarily aimed at Year 10.

The ‘Up for Debate’ competition: this competition takes place at York High School and is for members of Woodham’s Debate Society. A team of 3, debate subjects, in front of an audience. Students compete against teams from numerous schools from the north of England. This competition is primarily aimed at Year 9.

Year 8 More Able Academy students have also been included in competitions over the last year including the Future Business Magnate competition and the STEM challenge at New College, Durham.

Individual departments have offered after school enrichment sessions to More Able students during the school year, Art, English and History have delivered these so far. This will include other departments next year.

More Able Academy students have gained the experience of visiting overseas destinations over the last three years. There have been two visits to Rome and one to London. More overseas visits to European countries are being planned for the coming years.


Woodham Academy is an exempt charity. It is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 8167333.
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