It has sadly been a very different Spring and Summer term for everyone, and as the Governing Board, we are very aware of the strain that has been put on children, families and staff during this difficult time. We would like to thank our amazing Woodcote Staff for their hard work, flexibility and positive attitude during the crisis. We also want to extend our gratitude to all parents and carers for the support they have given their children and the school through this ever changing landscape. We are acutely aware of the pressure that this has placed on everybody and that, come September, the focus will be on a managed transition back to the ‘new normal’, helping children to get back up to speed with their learning while being sensitive to how this may have impacted their mental wellbeing.


Mr Rome’s Retirement

As planned, Mr Rome will be leaving his position as Executive Head of Woodcote Primary to commence the start of his transition into retirement. We would like to thank Mr Rome for his many years of commitment to the school; from managing the process of joining two separate schools into one Primary, expanding our intake to meet local demand, steering us to consistent Outstanding Ofsted inspections and being the figurehead of our community. His balanced and fair outlook, passion and fervour combined with good humour and eloquence will be very much missed.


We wish him the very best for his future plans and a much needed rest from full-time work.


Governing Board update

There have been no changes to the Governing Board since Christmas with the exception of Mr Rome’s retirement and throughout the school shutdown we have continued to ‘meet’ on at least a monthly basis. We plan to reinstate governor surgeries when we are able to do so and would welcome any feedback on how families would like to best interact with governors via email in the meantime


WAVE Awards 2020

We were very pleased to receive an exceptional number of nominations for the WAVE Awards (Woodcote Achievement, Values and Excellence Awards) which also made it very hard to decide! So many children had demonstrated the school values of Truthfulness, Resilience, Creativity, Responsibility, Self-belief and Respect especially in these very unusual and trying times. All nominated children will receive a certificate in recognition of their efforts.

Award winners:


A massive congratulations for our overall winner, Mason W from 4D, who has demonstrated many of the Values and was nominated by numerous staff.


Resilience Responsibility Respect Truthfulness Self-Belief Creativity
Ruby D – 1M June Ting H – Blue Darby P – 1L Scarlet Z – 2H Orla O – 1M Aayush C – 1S
Dominic D – 5H Aman T – 6B Oliver A – 5T Amie O – 6B Maddison W – 6B Aksh R – 3S


Well done to all the children who were nominated and selected for a trophy.


Farewell to Year 6

These have been exceedingly challenging times for our Year 6 children. Despite missing the usual end of year leavers’ events the PTFA have managed to arrange remotely the keepsake yearbooks and we thank those involved for organising. Our Year 6 children have taken part in a virtual Leavers’ Assembly, contributed to their virtual Disco, and will return to the school for their disco and shirt/book signing when it is safe to do so.


We would like to wish our Year 6 children the very best as they move onto Secondary school and thank their parents/carers and families for your continued support throughout the years.


Year 6 Leavers Destination Summary table

Woodcote High 58
Selective Grammar 9
Riddlesdown Collegiate 2
Oasis Academy Coulsdon 7
Independent Sector 5
Other 9
Total 90

Please note due to cessation of SAT’s and other reported assessments, there are no results to publish this year.


Finally, we wish you all a happy summer holiday, whatever your plans. A break from learning and a chance to regroup in time for the return in September.


Board of Governors

Aiming High – Succeeding Together

17th July
Year Group