Woodcroft Chair Awarded Governor of the Year 2018
July 2018: Liz Court, Woodcroft’s fantastic Chair of Governors, was awarded Barnet Governor of the Year at the 2018 Barnet Schools Awards. Liz received her award at a presentation evening, hosted by Barnet Southgate College and attended by The Mayor. This is a truly well deserved accolade to mark an amazing 50 Years of service to Woodcroft and its community! Liz joined as a teacher in 1969, both her children attended Woodcroft, and she started on the Governing Body immediately upon retirement. She has been Chair for the past 9 years and has also volunteered as a weekly reading support throughout that time.
Dance: Make Your Move – London Junior Winners
April 2018: On Saturday 21st April the Woodcroft Dance Team won the London junior heats of the British Red Cross sponsored competition Dance: Make Your Move staged at The Michael Crawford Theatre in Dulwich. Woodcroft were also acknowledged as Platinum Fundraising Award winners on the night for raising over £1000 in support of The British Red Cross. They will now compete in the Grand Finals in July. To read more; click here …
Barnet Boccia Champions
October 2017: A team of five players from Woodcroft’s Boccia Club won in the annual Barnet Tournament after competing against 20 other schools at Burnt Oak Leisure Centre. The competition was run by Barnet School Sport Partnership (BPSS) and Woodcroft will now represent Barnet at The London Youth Games.
BPSS KS1 Games Mark Award
September 2017: Woodcroft has been awarded the KS1 Gold Games Mark Award by Barnet Partnership for School Sport for our commitment, engagement and deliver of physical activity during 2016/17.
September 2017: Woodcroft was reaccredited with the GOLD Level STARS for our 2017-17 travel planning. This is the highest STARS award (Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe) in Transport for London’s (TfL) strategic framework that encourages and rewards schools for adopting safer and more active travel behaviour.
For more information follow: https://stars.tfl.gov.uk/
Woodcroft Gains National ICT Quality Mark Accreditation
July 2017: Woodcroft has been awarded the prestigious NAACE ICT Mark. This award is for schools who demonstrate outstanding use of technology to support teaching, learning and school administration. NAACE is the National Association for technology in education. Read more here…
Bronze Arts Award Success
July 2017: Congratulations to fifty one of our Year 6 pupils for successfully completing their Bronze Arts Award. On Tuesday 18th July a moderator from Trinity College reviewed the portfolios for all of the pupils that had chosen to submit their work for assessment. The Moderator confirmed that all had achieved the standard for the Bronze Award. She praised the high quality of evidence presented by the school.
Bronze Arts Award is a Level 1 national qualification available to young people aged 11 to 25 and is accredited by Trinity College London, the leading international arts examinations board.
Woodcroft Gains Highest Arts Recognition – Artsmark Platinum
July 2017: We are delighted to announce that Woodcroft has been awarded an Artsmark Platinum Award, the highest accolade accredited by Arts Council England. Woodcroft was commended for its rich and well established arts and cultural offer; including strong leadership, inclusive approaches and innovative curriculum. Read our letter from Arts Council England by clicking here.
Dance: Make Your Move – WINNERS – National Grand Final
July 2017: Sunday 2nd July Woodcroft’s Dance Team performed on the Indigo stage at The London 02 in The Grand Final of the British Red Cross sponsored dance competition Dance: Make Your Move. Woodcroft had already won the London regional heats back in March to earn their place in the Grand Final. Then, after a breathtaking performance of their routine, ‘ What Shakes us Won’t Break Us’, inspired by the Nepal earthquake of 2015, they were crowned Grand Final WINNERS! Click to read more here…
Woodcroft Celebrates School Games Gold Award
July 2017: We are delighted to announce that Woodcroft has achieved the GOLD School Games Mark for the 2016/17 academic year! The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012. It is facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. We are delighted to have been recognised with the Gold award again for the third consecutive year. Click to read more in our News Issue 283
The Great Big Dance Off National Champions 2017
June 2017: On Monday 19th June the Woodcroft Dance Team travelled to Oxford to take part in The Great Big Dance Off National Finals. Competing against thirty two other schools, all regional finalists, from across the country we came away with the coveted trophy and title – Great Big Dance Off National Champions 2017! Click to read more in our News Issue 281
Barnet Tri-Golf Champions 2017
May 2017: On Wednesday 16th May Woodcroft sent a team of golfers to the Barnet Tri-Golf Championships staged at Allianz Park. In a tense play-off final against Broadfields, The Hyde and Goldbeaters we emerged victorious and came away with the gold medals! Woodcroft will now represent Barnet at the London Youth Games in July.
Dance: Make Your Move – London Junior Winners
April 2017: On Saturday 28th April the Woodcroft Dance Team won the London junior heats of the British Red Cross sponsored competition Dance: Make Your Move staged at The Michael Crawford Theatre in Dulwich. Woodcroft were also acknowledged as Platinum Fundraising Award winners on the night for raising over £1000 in support of The British Red Cross. They will now compete in the Grand Finals in July.
Barnet West Netball League Champions
April 2017: Woodcroft retained the Barnet West Netball League Championship on Wednesday 26th April following our play-off victory after an unbeaten season. It is an amazing achievement to win the trophy two years in succession.
The Great Big Dance Off – Regional Winners
March 2017: Woodcroft were crowned London school dance champions on the night of Monday 20th March when they won the The Great Big Dance Off. Our school dance club competed on the stage of New Wimbledon Theatre against teams from across London.
School Sport and Games Gold Award
October 2016: On Friday 21st October Woodcroft was presented with the the highest award for school sports, The Sainsbury’s School Games Gold Award, for the second year in succession. This prestigious kitemark is only awarded to schools that demonstrate the highest levels of commitment and participation to sports and games throughout the academic year. Find out more about the award at https://www.yourschoolgames.com/
Team of the Year – Barnet School Sports Awards 2016
September 2016: Woodcroft footballers were awarded Team of the Year at Barnet’s prestigious School Sports Awards on Friday 30th September. At the presentation ceremony held at Finchley Arts Depot our boys were presented with their trophy by two stars of rugby from Saracens. To read more click here
School Travel Plan Award
September 2016: Woodcroft received the GOLD Level STARS accreditation for our 2015-16 travel planning. This is the highest STARS (Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe) award in Transport for London’s (TfL) strategic framework that encourages and rewards schools for adopting safer and more active travel behaviour.
For more information follow: www.staccreditation.org.uk
Communication Friendly Status Award for Woodcroft Early Years
September 2016: Woodcroft Nursery and Reception have achieved an accredited ‘Communication Friendly Status,’ from Elklan www.elklan.co.uk. Our Foundation Stage took part of a year long project that focused on developing children’s speech, language and communication. Congratulations to all of the Foundation Stage for achieving this prestigious award.
Arts Award Success
July 2016: As part of our AIM@Arts programme Woodcroft pupils take part in an extended and enriched curriculum. Pupils in Year 6 then work towards the Arts Award. This is a nationally recognised certificate issued by Trinity College London. The pupils have to submit a portfolio of work for moderation by an external college assessor. We are proud to announce that 55 of our Y6 pupils successfully met all of the criteria and achieved their Bronze Level Award .
Barnet Football Awards – A Clean Sweep for Woodcroft!
July 2016: Woodcroft’s all conquering football team won a clean sweep of major borough wide trophies this season. This included the two Barnet knock out cups (Martin Cup and Dick Bailey Cup) and the Munroe Shield (overall league champions). Well done to all of the team and thank you to Mr Judd and Mrs Clark for their coaching and support during this outstanding season.
Woodcroft are the 2015 -16 KS1 Sports Challenge Champions!
July 2016: Year 1 and 2 took part in a series of Barnet wide sports challenges. The competitions involved various activities that occurred during PE and Games lessons. The results were submitted to the Barnet School Sports Partnership (BPSS) who compiled the league tables. When all results were counted at the end of the year Woodcroft were the winners of the KS1 Virtual Challenge Shield for 2015-16.
Barnet West Netball League Champions!
April 2016: Following an undefeated season in their league group, on Wednesday 27th April the school netball team were victorious in the play-offs against Courtlands School. Woodcroft were crowned Barnet West Netball Champions! This is an amazing achievement, and the first time Woodcroft have won the Netball League.
2015 Young Gardeners Award
October 2015: On Thursday 8th October Woodcroft’s Early Years Garden won the Rose Connolly Cup at the Barnet.2015 Young Gardeners Awards. Our prize for ‘The Most Enthusiastic Young Gardeners 2015 was presented by the Mayor of Barnet.
Read all about the competition here…Foundation Stage Win Most Enthusiastic Gardeners 2015.
Or in the press… Edgware and Mill Hill Times – Young gardeners scoop prizes for homegrown displays
GOLD Level STARS accreditation
September 2015: Woodcroft received the GOLD Level STARS accreditation for our 2014-15 travel planning. This is the highest STARS (Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe) award in Transport for London’s (TfL) strategic framework that encourages and rewards schools for adopting safer and more active travel behaviour.
More news from the awards ceremony here: Gold TfLTravel Award Success for Woodcroft
For more information follow: www.staccreditation.org.uk
Barnet School Sports Awards 2015
September 2015: Woodcroft received two accolades at the 2015 Barnet Sports Awards hosted at Middlesex University on Tuesday 8th September. We were recognised in two categories; ‘The School Team Of The Year’ runners up for our J Rock Club and the Sainsbury’s School Games Gold Award. Read more here…
July 2015: Woodcroft has been congratulated by Dr Helen Walters, Head of Health, on behalf of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on achieving the Healthy Schools London Silver Award. Mrs Valoti, who leads PSHE at Woodcroft, attended a presentation at Barnet Town Hall on Thursday 16th July. Click here to read the letter of congratulation.
July 2015: Woodcroft has been awarded the top accolade for school sport and games: The School Games GOLD Award! The Sainsbury’s School Games Award is a Government led scheme that rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Thank you to all the parents and carers who have supported PE and Games, helping us to achieve this fantastic award. Finally, well done to our excellent Sports Department, Ms Charalambous, Mr Raw and Mr Judd for all of their hard work and commitment.
Short Film Category Award Winner – 2015 ‘Be Your Best’ Rock Challenge
June 2015: At the Rock Challenge finals, held at Portsmouth Guildhall on Wednesday 17th June, Woodcroft were awarded 1st place in the short film category.
Woodcroft’s ‘Mission Impossible’ film starring the cast and crew of J Rock, and directed by Miss Maynard, was shot over the course of the year and documented J Rock Club’s development of their ‘Sting in the Tale’ dance routine. Watch the film by clicking here: J Rock Mission Impossible Film
May 2015: Woodcroft was honoured to be announced as the 2015-16 Collaborate Partner. The Unicorn Theatre is the UK’s leading theatre for audiences aged 2 to 21. COLLABORATE is a year-long partnership between the Unicorn and one primary school that gives teachers and pupils unparalleled access to high-quality theatre for young audiences. It is a unique opportunity to place a whole-school focus on creativity and discover the rich learning potential that theatre can offer.
March 2015: Woodcroft has been honoured to receive the award for Best School Music Department at the 2015 Music Teacher Excellence Awards.
Or visit the Music Awards official website here: http://www.musiceducationexpo.co.uk/awards/
February 2015: Woodcroft was awarded the Quality Mark for Physical Education & Sport. The award is valid for three years. Congratulations to Miss Charalambous and the PE team for earning this prestigious award: read the afPE Quality Mark – Roll of Honour
Ofsted Inspection 2015
January 2015: Woodcroft was graded a GOOD school by Ofsted in its report published on 7th January. Ofsted commented;
“The quality of teaching is good.”
“Governors are actively involved and know the school well.”
”Pupils feel safe, are happy and enjoy coming to school. They are keen to learn and behave well.”
“Aspirational programmes of study inspire pupils to do their very best.”
“Pupils are extremely proud to belong to the school … they work and play together harmoniously.”
(Click on “Inspection Report” link for more information – Unique reference number 134677).
January 2015: We are delighted to announce that Woodcroft has been shortlisted in the Best School Music Department category at the 2015 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence! The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on 12 March 2015. Fingers crossed for Ms Sherring and the music department at Woodcroft! Take a look at: http://www.musiceducationexpo.co.uk/awards/2015-finalists/
Barnet School Sports Awards 2014
September 2014: Woodcroft was nominated in two categories at this year’s Barnet School Sports Awards. Charlotte (Y6) was nominated for Young Leader of the Year and our Rock Challenge Club was up for team of the year for the second year running! Well done to everyone involved for having their hard work and dedication recognised at this prestigious event. View the results here: Barnet School Sports Awards
July 2014: Woodcroft received the Healthy Schools London Bronze Award. This is a new award programme that supports London schools to provide an environment and culture that helps pupils grow up to be healthy individuals. Sponsored by the Mayor of London, the programme recognises and celebrates schools that are making a real difference for their pupils.
July 2014: We are pleased to inform you that Woodcroft has been awarded with the Silver Games Mark Award for the 2013 – 2014 academic year. This award demonstrates our continued and increased commitment and dedication to school sports.
July 2014: Woodcroft was proud to present all of its pupils with a medal to celebrate their successful achievement in completing the Be The Best You Can Be programme over the past year.
June 2014: Woodcroft Rock Challenge dance club were again successful in reaching the southern regional finals in Portsmouth on June 18th 2014. They achieved a fantastic second place in the London and Herts area heats in February.
May 2014: Woodcroft Accredited as and Arts Award Centre
The Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone up to 25 grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form. Through Arts Award young people gain a nationally recognised qualification enabling them to progress into further education and employment.
Visit http://www.artsaward.org.uk/ for more information or enter our post code into their Centre Map and read Woodcrotft’s profile
In January 2014 Woodcroft achieved STARS reaccreditation for our 201 travel planning STARS (Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe) is Transport for London’s (TfL) strategic framework that encourages and rewards schools for adopting safer and more active travel behaviour.
For more information follow: www.staccreditation.org.uk
November 2013: We are pleased to report that Woodcroft continues to meet, and exceed, the Investors in People Standard. We have been accredited for another three years until November 2016. Investors in People is a quality assurance standard which helps organisations improve on their performance. The inspection report concluded, “I would like to congratulate everyone in Woodcroft Primary School for making it such an energetic and inspiring place to learn for both staff and pupils.”
Barnet School Sports Awards
Woodcroft Barnet Team of the Year Runners–Up
September 2013: “The best sporting talent from Barnet schools attended the 2013 Barnet School Sport Awards evening on Thursday 19th September at Saracens home ground Allianz Park. Organised by the Barnet Partnership for School Sport (BPSS) Team and highlighting the past academic year’s sporting highlights, the evening had guest appearances from Saracens and England Rugby Player David Strettle and Olympic and World Athletics Team GB 4x400m quartet member Conrad Williams. Guests were also treated to performances from Woodcroft’s Winning Rock Challenge Dance Club.” (BPSS Website)
Click on the link below for more information and photos of the Woodcroft performance:
September 2013: The Sainsbury’s School Games Kitemark is a Government led awards scheme launched that reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Woodcroft was proudly received the Bronze Award in September 2013.
The Artsmark, awarded by Arts Council England, is nationally recognised as demonstrating excellence in arts and cultural provision. Achieving the gold standard, their highest award, is a wonderful accolade that highlights the amazing things that take place at Woodcroft. Artsmark Gold is designed to celebrate and reward the continuous high level of creative opportunities available for our pupils, both within lessons and as part of our wide ranging enrichment activities. Visit http://www.artsmark.org.uk
February 2013: Woodcroft are the 2013 North London and Hertfordshire Rock Challenge Champions. On 27th February 2013 our Dance Club performed their ‘Hard Knock Life’ routine at the Gordon Craig Theatre and came away with 8 awards and overall 1st place. This is a fantastic achievement for our dancers who now compete at national finals this summer.
Ofsted Interim Inspection Statement
In February 2013 Ofsted announced that Woodcroft remains GOOD school. They carried out an interim audit of school assessment results, attendance figures and other data and confirmed that the school’s high performance has been sustained since our last full inspection.
Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesties Chief Inspector of Schools, wrote to say, “I wish everyone involved at Woodcroft continued success for the future”.
(Click on “Inspection Report” for more information – Unique reference number 134677).
In January 2013 Woodcroft Primary School successfully achieved reaccreditation of its Basic Skills Quality Mark. The Quality Mark is an award that celebrates and supports continuous improvement in literacy and numeracy. It is awarded to schools that have effective approaches and can demonstrate evidence of improving standards. The school underwent a rigorous inspection of its policies, procedures and practice and met all 10 Quality Mark criteria.
In January 2013 Woodcroft was chosen to develop international links with Nepal as part of a major new school twinning project to boost global education. Connecting Classrooms is a UK Government and British Council education initiative. Woodcroft has been selected in recognition of its commitment to teaching students about global issues.
Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening said: “I am very pleased that Woodcroft Primary in is taking on this excellent opportunity to link with schools in other parts of our world. Connecting Classrooms will enable pupils to learn about the world around them also benefit teachers by enhancing their professional skills.”
Woodcroft has achieved the Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognised Award (STAR) – Sustainable level 2012!
On the 28th February 2012 Woodcroft performed at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, in the North London and Hertfordshire Rock Challenge dance competition. Our year 4, 5 and 6 dancers came away with 7 category awards and achieved a fantastic 2nd place overall.
Woodcroft has been accepted as a member of the London 2012 Get Set Network. ‘Get Set’ is a special community of schools which demonstrate a commitment to the Olympic Values (friendship, excellence and respect) and the Paralympic Values (inspiration, determination, courage and equality).
Woodcroft competed in the national finals of the 2011 Dance Challenge competition at the Cadogan Hall theatre in London
Woodcroft has been accredited for its outstanding development of the international dimension in the curriculum. Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools, has presented Woodcroft with the certificate on behalf of the British Council and the Department for Education.
Woodcroft has been successful in gaining the full International School Award and is accredited for three years from 1 September 2010 to 31 August 2013. Woodcroft was congratulated for the scope of our excellent international activities, showing a commitment to creativity and innovation that benefits the school and community”
Woodcroft were the 2011 winners of the Hendon and Copthall School Challenge Cup. Every pupil in the school competed in series of physical challenges against neighbouring schools.
In June 2010 The Arts Council England awarded Woodcroft the Arts Mark Silver in recognition of the school’s commitment to, and excellence in, arts Education.
The Arts Mark is a nationally coveted award that sets the standard for outstanding provision in schools.
Woodcroft continues to meet the Investors in people Standard and was successfully re-assessed in May 2010.
Investors in people is a flexible standard which helps organisations improve on their performance. The assessment report recognised the commitment and hard work of all staff, governors and volunteers at Woodcroft. It also noted how we are always looking to improve the school to the benefit of everyone involved.
Woodcroft is an active member of the North London International School’s Network.
In March 2010 Woodcroft was inspected by the Basic Skills Agency and successfully achieved reaccreditation for the prestigious Quality Mark.
The Basic Skills Quality Mark for primary schools provides a framework for the continuous improvement of literacy and numeracy for all pupils.
Woodcroft had to pass the criteria for 10 rigorous standards and show how pupils make consistent progress.
Woodcroft has met all of the criteria of the National Health School’s Programme and has been awarded National healthy School Status.
Woodcroft provides a full and varied range of sporting activities. We have successfully achieved the Activemark in every year that it has been awarded.
Ofsted Inspection 2009
Woodcroft was graded a GOOD school by Ofsted in December 2009. The Report stated that;
“Woodcroft is a good school that successfully meets the needs of it’s community”… “Pupil achievement is good because pupils are taught well”… “Pupils behave well and are proud of their school”… “Staff go the extra mile to make the school a happy and safe place to be”.
(Click on “Inspection Report” for more information – Unique reference number 134677).