The Board recently conducted a stocktake of progress on plans to improve the school. Results aren’t
in – the process is mid-way – but progress is strong. As items are finalised, the information will be
shared. Meanwhile, here is a short update.
In relation to teaching and learning, some changes that have been made include:
- Selecting an assessment tool (to see it, google ‘NWEA MAP’) to determine, for every single
child in the school, their academic progress in relation to international schools worldwide
- Student reports are being revised to provide a better picture of each child’s progress
- Teacher development mechanisms are being put into place.
In other areas, emergency procedures have been tested and for the first time documented, the
school’s budget system has been improved (2016 started without a finalised budget), and the
canteen has been repaired.
Woodford has for many years operated with minimal agreed procedure, or basic information. This
suited a period of recovery and rapid growth. As Woodford consolidates, and pressure arises as
enrolments have reduced, the school needs to be more transparent, systematic and objective in how
it makes decisions about the future. Accordingly, there is considerable effort being put into
assembling basic information – on how students are performing, on community perceptions and
demographics, on understanding longer term income trends, expenditures and cost pressures, and
An important aspect of this is documenting how to do things. For example, the Board now has, for
the first time, a policy on how to manage potential conflicts of interest, as part of agreeing key
aspects of Board governance. This complements the strategic policies compendium, previously
announced, which articulates parameters within which the Board and the Head of School (and the
leadership team) exercise roles and responsibilities under the Constitution. Work is underway also
to document proper financial procedures. Completed documents are available on the school’s
The next stage, over coming weeks, is to conduct some focus groups. Participants will be drawn from
families at the school, and those who might potentially join the school but currently haven’t. The
aim is to test, at every level, what Woodford should offer and how it should evolve. The result will be
a revised strategic plan for the school by the end of 2016.
If you would like to be involved at this exciting time, please contact a member of the Board or email