• Looking forward to our pupils (& staff!) entering the first ever Whitley Bay Poetry Festival. Entries to Mrs Penhall in by FRIDAY 8 MARCH Read more
  • Message from the Principal The Academy is continuing to forge strong links with Denstone College and last Thursday 25 of our high flying Year 10 students took part in a working lunch with Andy Wray. Mr Wray is... Read more
  • New post: SRWA student on path to earn his "wings" Read more Read more
  • Well done Lucy, Rosie and Issy who impressed the judges with the standard of their public speaking at the district senior finals of the Rotary Club “ Youth Speaks” competition last Thursday (altho the team from Sir Phillip Howard school beat us by one mark.) 👏👏 Read more
  • Really excited to see lots of KPS pupils involved in the Music for Youth Festival at The Sage Gateshead this morning
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Welcome to Woodard

Woodard Academies Trust is an education charity formed in 2007 to deliver an academy programme on behalf of Woodard Schools. Created by founder Nathaniel Woodard in 1848, Woodard is the largest group of independent Church of England schools in England and Wales. Woodard Academies Trust and Woodard Schools share a common ethos and vision: to inspire young people to make a difference.

Our ethos reflects our deep commitment to delivering an outstanding education to the students we teach. We prioritise inclusion and value individuals, and excel in delivering pastoral care and personalised learning paths for our students. Our aim is to offer students not only a first-class education, but also to teach them real-life skills that will provide lifelong benefits. We believe that our academies should enrich the communities they serve and play an active role in their development.

Woodard currently sponsors six academies across the UK:

  • Sir Robert Woodard Academy, West Sussex 
  • The Littlehampton Academy, West Sussex 
  • St Augustine Academy, Kent 
  • St Peter’s Academy, Stoke-on-Trent 
  • Kings Priory School, Tynemouth 
  • Polam Hall School, Darlington 

The Woodard family of schools and academies provides many inter-school opportunities; the sharing of best practice and a strength and expertise within education. Their pioneering heritage places much emphasis on leadership and personal development. From attractive, welcoming environments to modern facilities, a Woodard education offer a rich variety of extra-curricular activities, professional teaching and effective pastoral care.

There are 45 Woodard Schools - 22 of them are wholly owned by Woodard, whilst the remainder (affiliated and associated schools) have joined the Woodard family in order to benefit from the sharing of best practice, latest thinking and experience. Such a diverse range of schools - maintained, independent, academies, prep, senior, day, boarding, co-ed, single sex - means that Woodard Schools has unrivalled knowledge of education currently on offer across the UK and is seen as one of the UK’s leading providers of education.

Despite this diversity, all Woodard schools and academies share the founder's vision of an education based on Christian values, coupled with a belief in nurturing and enriching each individual. A vision which challenges those that believe education is simply a matter of teaching and learning utilitarian skills. With a supportive and enriching environment, our schools empower their children and young people and provide a level of confidence that enables them to lead a rich and fulfilled life.