Woodford house


Years 7-8

Settling in

From the very first day girls step into the school grounds, we make sure they feel welcome, happy and included. We have a strong pastoral care programme that helps girls transition into Woodford House smoothly.

The Intermediate Department has high expectations and girls are continually encouraged to give their best. Each student receives ongoing self-management guidance and is encouraged to build positive relationships with peers and staff.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and learning is based on the New Zealand National Curriculum with a focus on developing confident, autonomous learners who are in charge of their own learning.

An integrated, cross-curricular approach, supported by Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and a blended learning environment, ensures girls can transfer new knowledge and skills across learning areas effectively. Problem-solving and self-directed inquiry is often at the forefront of class programmes.

Small Class Sizes

The Intermediate Department has three mixed ability composite Year 7/8 classes of approximately 20 girls per class. During timetabled mathematics, the girls move into ability classes. Specialist subject teachers provide high interest and comprehensive science, art, music, drama, and food and material technology programmes. Individual learning needs, including support and extension, are identified early and targeted in a manner that best suits the learner.


Year 7/8 girls maximise the many varied opportunities available to them at Woodford House. It is a time to try new things and get involved in academic, sporting and cultural activities in a nurturing and supportive environment. By the time the girls leave the Intermediate Department they have the knowledge, skills and “can-do” attitude to successfully move into Year 9.