Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning are centred around our unique WOLD model, which sets out our expectations of every lesson.

Willingness - to work hard and make mistakes
Opportunities - to maximise our learning
Learning - is a life-long process
Determination - to succeed

The quality of teaching is outstanding, and our teachers are first-rate. Woldingham is in the top band of schools nationally for its value-added score, which means that girls continually out-perform their baseline predictions measured on their arrival at Woldingham.

Alongside excellent teaching, Woldingham has exceptional facilities including purpose-built science labs, hubs for languages and humanities, an art studio which is among the best in the country and amazing performance spaces for drama and music, including a 600-seat auditorium.

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Curriculum

Woldingham has a broad and balanced curriculum providing the chance for each student to develop her areas of personal interest and strength. All students study English literature, English language, maths, three sciences, theology and at least one foreign language up until GCSE. In Years 10 and 11 students choose to carry on up to three subjects from a wide range of humanities, language and creative art options.

These include:

  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Latin
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
  • Latin or Greek can also be taken as an additional GCSE off timetable

At Sixth Form, students can choose from a range of 26 different A Level subjects including new subjects such as economics, psychology, media studies and politics. Sixth Form students can also pursue an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), where they develop independent research and presentation skills in an area of personal interest.

Our unique THRIVE programme supports our academic programmes by helping every student develop the growth mindset, resilience and self-worth to truly enjoy their successes and learn from their setbacks.

We also offer a wide range of academic enrichment opportunities, from societies for debating, law and philosophy through to extra qualifications in areas such as mathematics, financial studies and sports leadership.

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Curriculum