Woodside High School

Haringey, United Kingdom

Location: Haringey, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 16 years

About Woodside High School

Why Woodside High School

About the School

Woodside High School is a mixed 11-16 comprehensive school, serving a truly multi-cultural community, where every student is valued and treated as an individual. We set high standards and expectations and we encourage and support our students to achieve their very best. The school is situated in pleasant and spacious grounds and students benefit from a varied curriculum with access to a modern sports centre. Woodside High School converted to an Academy in December 2011.

Our Shared Values

Our values are at the heart of everything that we do. Every member of Woodside High’s community is expected to uphold and support our shared values. 

We will

· believe in ourselves, try our best and have pride in everything that we do

· encourage and support each other at all times

· be polite and respect people for who they are, embrace diversity and celebrate our differences

Staff Professional Development

At Woodside High School, we take staff development seriously, as it is fundamental in providing the students with the best possible education and the most equitable class room experience. Teach First and Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) along with all staff new to Woodside are provided with weekly training to develop excellence and ensure high standards.

Furthermore, all teachers participate in regular professional development through a programme of INSET days and Twilight training sessions throughout the year.

Teaching School
We are part of a local Teaching School Alliance alongside local outstanding schools: Alexandra Park School and Fortismere. The name given to our alliance of schools is the New River Teaching Alliance.

A rich package of Professional Development is available via the NRTA including courses licensed from OLEVI and accredited by the Institute of Education:

· The Outstanding Teacher Programme

· The Improving Teacher Programme

· The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders

· The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders

Through these programmes and other CPD, Woodside has trained and developed many outstanding teachers, lead practitioners, Middle Leaders and Senior Leaders in Haringey and beyond. Woodside believes in the importance of staff development, particularly as the profession faces the national challenge of teacher retention and recruitment.

Teacher Development Trust

Woodside is a partner with the Teacher Development Trust (TDT) and in 2016 conducted a robust audit of our CPD (Continued Professional Development) provision for staff. This included self-review, staff survey and external audit and has indicated areas of strength as well as those for development. In response, we have refined our provision, improved CPD for support staff and are working hard to further development our coaching for excellence programme and our action-research CPD.

Coaching For Excellence

Woodside is proud to offer all staff the opportunity to take part in professional coaching activities, providing teachers with the skills and strategies to deliver consistently outstanding lessons. Meetings on co-planning, co-observing and co-teaching are run by coaches. The focus is on high quality ongoing assessment (checking and consolidation of learning), high quality planning and high quality feedback to ensure progression in learning for all learners. Embedding coaching as a collaborative and empowering approach to teacher development is part of our School Development Plan.

Staff testimonials

“It encourages me to think how I can deliver the skills and concepts that they need to learn and develop in the clearest most succinct manner and consider how I can be sure that the learners have understood them.”

Ms Berry - Science Teacher

“It has helped refine planning at the crucial stages of the lesson, such as the starter and move from receptive to productive; mid-lesson, AFL.”

Mr Robson - English Teacher


“Strong levels of academic challenge are embedded within the classroom” 

“The behaviour of students is outstanding... Students’ positive behaviour within the school contributes significantly to progress and this link is clearly understood by the students.”

“Strong relationships between all staff and students contribute to an outstanding ethos and culture of learning. Teachers have excellent subject knowledge and a huge enthusiasm for passing on this knowledge. In turn, this is matched by students’ passion to learn.”

“Strong relationships create a climate which helps students to feel very secure, and one in which they can be brave and risk failure without fear.”

“Students praise their teachers. Many cited teachers as the single best thing about the school.”

“Students’ behaviour is outstanding. Students are happy and proud to attend the school, demonstrating excellent attitudes to their learning.”

“All the staff within the school know their students exceptionally well. Individual students talk about the school and its staff feeling like their family.”



Woodside High School

White Hart Lane

Wood Green


N22 5QJ

Tel: 020 8889 6761 (switchboard) 

LONDON UNDERGROUND: The nearest station is Wood Green

NATIONAL RAIL: The nearest station is Alexandra Palace

BUS: The buses that stop closest to the school are the W4 and W3

Woodside High is situated in the London Borough of Haringey in North London. The London Borough was created in 1965 by the amalgamation of three former boroughs. It shares borders with six other London boroughs. Clockwise from the north, they are: Enfield, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Islington, Camden and Barnet.

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Address: White Hart Lane, Wood Green, London, N22 5QJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 88896761