New to Woodham


Your child’s transfer from primary to secondary school is both an exciting and daunting time. There are many new things to become familiar with and we believe that in order to ensure a smooth transition, your child needs support from us and from you.


Uniform Information

Information about our uniform policy and where it can be purchased from. Blazers and skirts need to be purchased from our supplier SWI Ltd. We have dedicated evenings during the summer term to allow students to try on blazers to give an indication of the appropriate size to order.



All students are set homework on a weekly basis according to a homework timetable. Key Stage 3 homework is set every Monday. Students have one week to complete homework. There is a homework club from 3:15 - 4:30pm every evening in the Learning Centre where staff are available to support students with homework. The school provides all students access to ICT facilities during lunchtimes and after school to ensure that no student is at a disadvantage due to lack of home access to the internet or ICT facilities.


Progress Checks


Students who are making good progress are recognised through a rewards system and in our regular rewards assemblies. Where we identify under-achievement, intervention is put in place by a Head of Learning, or alternatively, a referral is made to the Learning Centre to help get the student back on track.



Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175/157), schools must “make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”.

All staff undertake safeguarding training and are familiar with the most recent Department for Education publication of Keeping Children Safe In Education.

We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.

The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Safeguarding Children Board procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.


Student Support


Student Support is there to resolve any issues that may arise during a normal school day. These can be uniform, lunch money, speaking with parents, arranging medication etc etc. Our purpose is focused around ensuring students can attend lessons, behave well and make good progress.



Woodham Academy is committed to maintaining the highest levels of attendance and punctuality and to reducing levels of absence. We believe that attendance at school is pivotal to keeping children safe, to social inclusion and to equality of opportunity. There is also a strong and direct correlation between attendance and attainment. We recognise that we have a duty of care to monitor attendance and punctuality, to identify patterns and trends and to address attendance-related issues, including truancy. Our school target for attendance is 96%.




At Woodham Academy we value the opportunity to extend learning beyond the formal curriculum. We provide a diverse range of activities that strives to cater for all students, whatever their interests. Woodham Sports Academy provides elite coaching in a number of sports. Amongst other provision, the Leadership Academy offers university visits and an annual trip to a European capital. For those with a musical interest, whether it is instrumental or vocal, students are well catered for with 3 annual performances.



The Headteacher and other School Leaders provide regular video updates regarding school news, policies and the changing COVID situation. Video updates will be posted on the website and parents will receive a message to alert them when a new video is posted.

We communicate with parents through text messages and other school systems, including the Arbor App and website, which allows parents to view student timetables, achievement, behaviour and other information. Students have access to similar information using their own Arbor login.



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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