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Principal’s News – Term 3, 2017

By | September 13, 2017

ih-march2017-julie petersonSpring is a stunning time of year where the sun shines a little longer each day, colour bursts into the garden and moods are lifted as we know winter is behind us.


Spring is a time of growth and, for us at Woodford House, it is a time to continue to sow the seeds in preparation for a strong and secure future.

Our school roll is at an historical high with 323 girls, including 16 international students. Our pre-enrolments are healthy and, more importantly, we are seeing significant growth in our girls who continue to aim high and achieve personal bests.

There are numerous reasons for sustained growth but one I would like to highlight is the investment and commitment from our Board of Proprietors and Board of Trustees who have a clear vision of ensuring Woodford House continues to be a leading girls’ school, both now and for many years to come.

The demand from families to attend this fine school is positive and exciting. However, our priority must always be to maintain and deliver an outstanding world class education for every girl.

We are focused on providing all students with a nurturing learning environment that allows them to achieve their personal best. One of the ways we do this is through individualised learning programmes and small class sizes.

Research conducted by University College London’s Professor of Psychology and Education, Peter Blatchford, revealed teachers were more likely to spend time with individual learners in smaller sized classes. In addition, students were more likely to engage, actively interact and be less disruptive than in large classes, where there could be negative effects on teaching, learning and learners’ concentration.

As part of our commitment to keep class sizes small, we are introducing a fourth classroom to the Intermediate Department, which will accommodate the increase in Year 7 and 8 students joining us next year.

While we are preparing for this growth, our senior girls are preparing for their own futures with Benchmark exams starting on Wednesday 13 September.

I would like to wish every girl the very best as they prepare for this significant milestone in the academic year.

Mrs Julie Peterson, Principal