Shona Norman’s history at the School spans nearly 20 years, first as an English teacher, then a Housemistress, Deputy Head Pastoral, Senior Deputy Head and now Head. Read about what makes the School so special for her.
What draws people to Woodbridge?
Woodbridge School’s purposeful community imbues our pupils with a love of learning. Our teachers are outstanding, conveying passion for their subject, and focusing upon the skills and aspirations of each individual to provide stretch and growth for every pupil.
Aims, values, vision and ethos
Our students are our entire focus. We are on a journey with them, bringing our vision to life by providing them with a framework and a roadmap to where they want to go. We give them the tools, from a young age, to negotiate all the obstacles they may face in this dynamic and ever-changing world, and set them up to instinctively make the most of their time here.
I see Woodbridge School as a place for proactive, responsible free thinkers who go out into the world with the skills, knowledge and self-belief to become everything they are meant to be.
Everyone within our community understands and lives by our values. We show Woodbridge School’s values of kindness, character, community and excellence in everything we do and say, helping everyone at the school to become the best versions of themselves.
These values guide all of our activity and what we do, providing our pupils with the attitude and personal skills to flourish at school and beyond, giving them a foundation in life.
The biggest challenge
Trying to remember the names of every new pupil in the first term. That is the skill of a teacher – once remembered, they are in the memory forever!
Fond memories and magic moments
From teaching Beowulf to my first Year 7 English class through to cheering as Seckford, my former house, won the Sports’ Day Cup for the first time in many years, there really are too many to choose from. In terms of a magic moment, nothing beats walking out into the Prep School grounds on a summer morning or seeing the first bit of frost in the valley at the Senior School.
Looking forward to the future
I believe that the best reflection of an outstanding school is its pupils; what paths they go on to forge, what lives they shape and what they choose to do with the education they have received. Seeing the young people who leave us after their Sixth Form, I am always confident for the future knowing that they will be leading the way.
Find out more
Read more about our vision and values and what they mean