Senior School Academic

The curriculum at Woodbridge is a traditional academic curriculum, combining breadth with a strong focus on the major academic disciplines.

We have a totally unique and innovative approach to how we teach called Learning@Woodbridge. This enables every pupil to not only acquire essential knowledge, but also be empowered to know how to learn better and become more independent.

It aims to provide each pupil with the essential intellectual skills needed for later study, including the ability to think critically and logically, whilst still capturing the imagination and allowing for diversity of interests. All academic subjects are important and help to develop different areas of the brain, for example English develops the ability to use language precisely and creatively, whilst history and social sciences require that pupils are able to research and then construct clear, logical arguments based on their findings. In the creative arts, pupils are given extensive opportunities to create their own direction.

STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are exceptionally strong at Woodbridge, these subjects are important as they will allow pupils to fully embrace the ongoing technological revolution. Art also features strongly, with lessons that inspire pupils to think in an original and creative way.  The strong encouragement to learn languages is reflected in the availability of French, Spanish, Mandarin, and Japanese.

The FitzGerald Society, our Junior Oxbridge Programme, is aimed at high-fliers in Years 10-11 with a zest for knowledge and exploration. The programme includes a mixture of major events and subsidiary activities. Big events include a moot (mock law-trial), where pupils will study evidence, create their own cases, and bring them to court. Trips include the Bawdsey Radar exhibition or Bletchley Park. We shall also be taking part in the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition (run by Manchester University). Subsidiary activities will include exploring logic problems set by GCHQ.

A learning support scheme helps pupils across the academic spectrum – from those who are highly gifted to those who need extra assistance in class. Our well-proven tutor system identifies each pupil’s aptitudes and abilities, encouraging them to make the most of the opportunities offered.

For full details of the current GCSE and A Level course information, please click on the Options and Assessments button below.