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  • Woodford County High School
    High Road
    Woodford Green
    IG8 9LA
  • Head: Ms Jo Pomeroy
  • T 020 8504 0611
  • F 020 8506 1880
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  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Redbridge
  • Pupils: 1,087; sixth formers: 309
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: June
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 25th March 2009
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 3rd November 2005
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

School opened here in 1919, and its venerable features lend an atmosphere of tradition – from the beautiful open air Greek theatre that stands in the grounds near to the tennis courts, to the hymnals still used in assemblies – ‘I’m not a Christian but I enjoy it', a pupil remarked. Older students preside over all manner of different extracurricular opportunities, such as talks, clubs and charity events, and there is a society for everything – even to discuss…

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What the school says...

Woodford County is an over-subscribed and highly successful grammar school for girls in the London Borough of Redbridge. It has a fine reputation for intellectual, artistic and sporting achievements. In all of these domains and others beside, students are encouraged to explore their own potential, nurturing existing talents and interests and discovering new ones along the way. Proud of the fact that the school's community is a happy and cohesive one, we see it as a major part of our purpose to prepare young people for the roles and responsibilities which will be theirs as adult members of a wider society.

The school is housed in a building of great character, the former manor of Highams built in 1768, and it has extensive and beautiful grounds designed by Humphrey Repton. This setting, and the colourful mix of tradition and innovation in the activities which make up the school year, contribute to the school's very distinctive identity.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Classical Civilisation at an English Grammar School (GCSE)

School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2010, Jo Pomeroy (early 50s), MA in English language and literature (St Andrews), BEd (Open), NPQH. Spent two years in a comprehensive in rural Scotland before going to work in France at a mixed grammar school for three years. It was at this high achieving international school that she became aware of ‘what can be achieved’, ‘what is possible’ and ‘what bright students are capable of if they are given enough challenge,’ she says. So the aim here ‘is for students always to be working just beyond what they are comfortable with’. Back in the UK she spent another three years working in a comprehensive school with strong bias towards European languages and at that point ‘got interested in management, in getting into position where you could make a bigger change’. Sure enough,...

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Special Education Needs

The school’s SEN policy is in line with the Code of Practice. The school believes that all girls should be given opportunities which will enable each individual to reach her full potential and to make best use of her talents. There is a range of needs and we provide extension activities, support, or counselling as appropriate with the resources available to us. Whilst this is a selective school, and we are used to providing challenge for able pupils, we also have experience of catering for mild difficulties. If a child with special needs meets the entry criteria, we would look carefully at how best to meet those needs.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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