Woldingham is committed to meeting the academic stretch of every student. We offer a range of programmes and initiatives to provide stretch for our academic scholars and high-achievers, which support them to grow, fulfil their academic potential and take up places at top universities.
Within the classroom, academic scholars are encouraged and stretched with differentiated activities. We expect academic scholars to continue to meet the highest academic standards and to take part in a variety of extra-curricular activities from the wide range available. These include subject specific clubs such as:
There is also a range of broader academic pursuits such as Café Scientifique, ‘Thinking Big’ speakers’ programme, debating, Women of Woldingham feminist society and current affairs. Academic scholars are encouraged to enter essay competitions and take advantage of external and internal speakers and masterclasses.
Academic scholars in Years 7-11 follow Woldingham’s Kritikos programme to encourage critical flexibility and nurture independent and enquiring minds.
Kritikos comes from the ancient Greek idea of intellectual discernment. It is the ability to judge and evaluate rather than simply recite information.
The Kritikos programme comprises:
Girls who thrive academically in Year 8 are invited to complete an AQA Level 1 Project Qualification. This is like a mini EPQ research project, following the process of a logbook, presentation and essay.
Woldingham’s academic enrichment programme continues throughout the school. Students are encouraged and equipped to pursue their intellectual curiosities independently, and love learning for learning’s sake. We have numerous lunchtime and after school clubs that fuel students' minds on topics including current affairs, French culture, coding and philosophy. Our programme includes:
These regular, thought-provoking lectures are given by students, staff and guest speakers.
Guest speakers across the broad spectrum of STEM subjects give informal talks to girls of all ages, staff and parents.
We encourage and support students to enter external competitions and to apply for competitive courses and scholarships across many disciplines. While the process of taking part is the key objective, Woldingham students regularly win prestigious awards, including: