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Woodlands School, Basildon

Woodlands School
Motto Pursue Excellence & Seize Opportunities
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Simon Cox
Location Woodlands Approach
SS16 5BA
Local authority Essex
DfE number 881/4014
DfE URN 141214 Tables
Staff approx. 120
Students approx. 1500
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Website .org.woodlandsschoolwww

Woodlands School is a secondary school in Basildon, Essex. The school currently educates more than 1500 students from Basildon and South East Essex.


  • Overview 1
  • School life 2
  • Performing Arts 3
  • Notable former pupils 4
  • Ofsted Report 5
  • References 6


The school is on a single site and is made up of one main building. Woodlands School offers English, Maths, Science, Languages (German and French), Geography, History, Personal and Social Education, ICT, Performing Arts, Media Studies, Design Technology, Art and Physical Education.

Previously a community school administered by Essex County Council, Woodlands School converted to academy status on 1 April 2015. However the school continues to coordinate with Essex County Council for admissions.

School life

Traditionally, a month after Year 11 students begin study leave and a month before their exam results are revealed, a prom is held for the students.

Every academic year, Woodlands School appoints 80 Year 11 students as prefects. Each prefect is given a department to work within. From these prefects, 10 head prefects are chosen, these are also known as Team Leaders.

Performing Arts

Since 2005, the school has been working to expand its specialism in performing arts into the local community. Community youth organisations are now working in partnership to use funding from Essex County Council's Youth Opportunities Fund and Youth Capital Fund to complete the construction of the Theatre.

In 2006, Woodlands School was working with

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Achievement of pupils Requires improvement
Quality of teaching Requires improvement
Behaviour and safety of pupils Requires improvement
Leadership and management Good
The report from July 2014 came back as followed:

On 16 Oct 2013 an OFSTED inspection took place which was officially released on 6 Dec 2013, which gave the school an Inadequate rating. Woodlands have since had a second ofsted inspection in 2014 and were brought out of special measures. Simon Cox was appointed Head Teacher for September 2014.

Ofsted Report

Steve Francis, Footballer (Goalkeeper) Chelsea, Reading and Huddersfield

Notable former pupils

after the success of 'Einsteins Dreams'. [2]

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