Ofsted Report – Woodcroft is a good school!

Woodcroft continues to be GOOD!

We are pleased to bring to your attention our excellent Ofsted report published on 15th January 2019. To read the full report click here.

These are some extracts from what the inspector said in his report …

Woodcroft Primary School is a unique place to learn’

‘The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education’

‘Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school’

‘Children are safe and well cared for, including in teaching pupils how to keep safe using online technology’

‘Pupils behaved well and demonstrated positive attitudes to their learning’

‘Staff are approachable and adults deal with any issues swiftly’

‘Governors have a broad range of skills, a good understanding of the school’s priorities, and commitment shown by their regular visits’

‘Safeguarding procedures are fit for purpose, checks are thorough, and training reflects the latest statutory guidance’

‘The school works well with external agencies to provide families and pupils with wide-ranging support’

‘The school has encouraged participation in dance, music and sports (and) pupils take part in a range of extra-curricular clubs’

The inspector also identified some next steps to help us improve further. He suggested that we should…

  • Continue to improve reading by developing pupils’ inference skills and having a focus on developing boys’ fluency
  • Ensure expectations for writing are consistently high and further develop pupil vocabulary

Ofsted Inspection

Inspection of Woodcroft Primary School on 5th December 2018

Woodcroft Primary School was inspected, under section 8 of the Education Act 2005 (as amended) on 5th December 2018.

This was a short one day inspection designed to check that we are still a good school. Schools are only notified during the afternoon of the day before.

The inspector observed lessons, scrutinised books, checked safeguarding records, inspected the premises, spoke with pupils, parents and staff, and met with the school governors. He even watched part of the Year 2 Show. It was quite a busy day!

The final outcome will not be known until the report is published in a few weeks time. Parents will receive full information when it is available.

We would however like to thank everyone for their supportive comments and responses to the inspector. He also remarked on how he was made to feel very welcome by our school community, and he asked for thanks to be expressed on his behalf to the pupils, parents, staff and governors of Woodcroft.


A letter and guide from Ofsted were sent out to parents and carers  before the inspection. A copy of the letter can be accessed via the links below …

Ofsted letter to parent and carers

Ofsted School Inspections: A Guide For Parents

Parent and carer views are important:

Parent or carers at the school were able to tell Ofsted about their views by completing the online survey, Parent View. The results of this can be seen at;

www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk

Barnet Team of the Year 2018

Sports Awards Success for Woodcroft Dance Team

Congratulations to the Woodcrotf Dance Team, who on Wednesday 7th November  were crowned ‘Barnet Primary Sports Team of the Year!’ We welcomed back pupils who were in the team last year to perform their award winning dance at the prestigious Finchley Arts Depot ceremony. Congratulations to our wonderful dancers and our committed team of adults who support the team!

Another GOLD Success for Woodcroft!

Woodcroft has received a GOLD Level STARS Award for 2018! This is the highest level STARS accreditation from TfL (Transport for London), and is awarded for promoting Safe, Sustainable, Active and Responsible travel. For more information follow: https://stars.tfl.gov.uk/.

Well done to Mrs Valoti, Ms Townsend and our Year 6 Junior Travel Ambassadors for coordinating our work in school.

We have now been invited to a prestigious award ceremony in London in November to celebrate this fantastic achievement. More news will follow.

Clubs Information for 1st to 5th October 2018

Due to Parents Evening there are some changes to the clubs schedule for the week beginning 1st October 2018. This only effects clubs run by teachers (Acorns After School Club is running as normal). Please see the up to date club list below. Only clubs running after school at 3.15pm are listed: Continue reading

We are pleased to announce that Woodcroft has been awarded The Primary Science Quality Mark!

The PSQM Award scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts.  It is led by the University of Hertfordshire in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school.  The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

We would like to thank Miss Stubbings, our Science Leader at Woodcroft, for all of her hard work over the year; developing the subject, collecting evidence and submitting our successful application.

Year Group Information Evenings

Year Group Curriculum and Information Evenings will be held from the week beginning Monday 17th September.

All meetings will start at 3.30pm in the Main Hall. Please check which day is correct for your child’s class. We have arranged each meeting a different day to enable parents with children in more than one class to come along. 

  • Y6  Monday 17th September
  • Y2 Tuesday 18th 
  • Y5 Wednesday 19th
  • Y4 Thursday 20th
  • Y3 Friday 21st
  • Y1 Monday 24th  (Please note: This is the correct date. There was an error on last week’s newsletter)

It is important for parents to attend. It will be an opportunity to meet your child’s new teacher and find out about all of the important information about the year group.

We are delighted to announce that Woodcroft has achieved the GOLD School Games Mark for the 2017/18 academic year! This is our 4th Consecutive annual Gold Award. A fantastic achievement that demonstrates the school’s commitment to providing the best possible physical activities for ALL pupils.

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. click below..

A Celebration Of Dance!

Woodcroft celebrated another fantastic year of dance with performances to the school and families. There were lots of of people to thank who have help over the year …

We even had a surprise ‘World Cup’ inspired performance … (click on the image below 😉 )

S Rock Are Back! World Cup Special