The Woodroffe School

Dorset, United Kingdom

Location: Dorset, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Foundation
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About The Woodroffe School

Woodroffe is an outstanding school with a national reputation. It is widely recognised as one of the best schools in the south west. It is both a Teaching School, leading an alliance of nearly 30 schools and colleges across the region, and one of only thirty Maths Hubs in the country. It is also a DfE Cultural Lead School.

The school is fortunate in having students who are a pleasure to teach as well as a stunning location situated above Lyme Regis and looking out across Lyme Bay. It is a mixed, 11 - 18 comprehensive with 1,070 students on roll, including approximately 210 in the sixth form. The school offers a unique combination of the traditional and the innovative. Students all wear uniform and visitors often remark upon their behaviour and general courtesy. The atmosphere in the school is warm and friendly and student/teacher relationships are excellent. Woodroffe enjoys close links with the town and has been an important part of the community for over seventy years.

There is a real sense of purpose and commitment to the future across the school. Originally a Specialist School (Visual Arts with an additional specialism in Maths and Computing), Woodroffe is committed to pupil progress and innovative approaches to the curriculum. There is also a powerful and far-reaching community arts programme which impacts positively on all aspects of the school’s work. 

Though a Dorset school, Woodroffe has a wide rural catchment, attracting students from well beyond its designated area, with over half its students drawn from Devon. Woodroffe is full in every year and applications for places in Year 7 are always heavily oversubscribed. The school has an excellent reputation locally and it is the reason that many people choose to live in the area.

Academic performance is very good. At Key Stage 4, we are consistently one of the top schools in the county; at A-Level, we work consistently above the national average.

As a Foundation school, Woodroffe benefits from a committed and active governing body. There is also a strong commitment to staff development and the school has the Investors in People standard.

The school is housed in an imposing thirties building but extensive modernisation has taken place over the years. There is a state of the art Drama Studio, a superb Sports Hall and Fitness Suite, new accommodation for Art and Design and refurbished accommodation for Design Technology and Science. The most recent addition is the new Digital Arts room with its suite of Apple Macs and a professional recording studio. A new laboratory was recently created following the re-organisation of the Science prep rooms. Later this year a new teaching block will be created with an opening date in 2021.

In Years 7 to 11 the school aims to provide a broad, balanced, relevant and supportive curriculum embracing the requirements of the National Curriculum.

In Key Stage 4 a broad core is maintained with most students completing the English Baccalaureate. Therefore all students study English, Mathematics, Science, a Modern Foreign Language, Geography or History, Physical Education, RE, Careers and Personal and Social Education. In addition students follow option choices chosen from a wide range of disciplines.

The Sixth Form aims to provide a framework of diverse opportunities enabling individuals to achieve success in academic, personal and social development. It is an important feature of Woodroffe and fully reflects the comprehensive nature of the school.

The Sixth Form curriculum is broad and flexible and allows students to develop programmes of study suited to their individual needs. Courses include: A- Level in Art, Art History, Classical Civilisation, Design Technology, French, Spanish, General Studies, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Citizenship, English Language, English Literature, Geography, Geology, History, Music, Music Technology, Media Studies, Politics, Environmental Science, Theatre Studies, Photography and Psychology.

A programme of Personal and Social Education is organised in Year 7, and Years 8 to 11 follow a Citizenship and PSE Course. In the Sixth Form there is a "Core" programme. This allows the Sixth Form to invite visiting speakers in to talk about topics which broaden their knowledge and support their General Studies examination.

Students with Special Educational Needs are catered for through a programme of in-class support and withdrawal for specialist inputs. Our aim is for them to retain an entitlement curriculum.

Woodroffe aims to provide a caring atmosphere in which stable relationships can be formed. We operate a Year System for pastoral care, Heads of Years and Tutors rotating from Years 7 to 11. We do, however, emphasise that the "academic" and "pastoral" elements of our work are inextricably linked!

We have a thriving student School Council of which contributes a great deal to the work of the school. Woodroffe is committed to UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools agenda and was one of the first secondary schools in the country to achieve the RRS award.

Extra curricular activities are extensive. Sporting and musical elements are strong, drama productions take place on a regular basis and there is an annual Art and Design Exhibition, Dance Show and Cabaret. We operate the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and enter teams for the Ten Tors Expedition on Dartmoor. For a full list of recent events look at our website on

Community links are fostered through a number of activities. Students regularly participate in community events in town. Sixth Formers undertake community service in a range of schools and residential homes and musical groups are involved in concerts and other local events. Members of the community are encouraged to come to school to contribute to Assemblies and a range of curricular activities. 

Lyme Regis and District is a delightful area in which to live and work. We hope you will inspired to be a part of and contribute to our team.

Further details about the school, including a prospectus, can be obtained from Mrs Rattenbury, Head’s PA/Personnel Manager, by telephone: 01297 442232 or email:

The school website address is: This has a direct link to other websites - OFSTED, Dorset County Council. Lyme Regis Town Council.

February 2020

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Address: Uplyme Road, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3LX, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1297 442232