Woodside Primary School became an academy on 1st May 2013. In the English Education System, an academy can be a primary or a secondary school which is directly funded by the Department for Education, although funding for special needs still comes from the local authority. The school has its own bank account and may also receive additional support from individuals and companies. Academies are self-governing and are constituted as registered charities.
Admissions to the school are also still managed by the local authority but the school has its own admissions policy which can be found on this website. Access to Woodside is still open to all children although subject to the space available since for the past three years the school has been oversubscribed.
We need to meet the same rigorous standards as other schools and we are regulated by OFSTED. At the last inspection, in February 2015, the school was rated as good with outstanding features.
Start at Woodside Phase 1, which offers high quality learning and care for children 0-2 years, is part of Woodside School. It is not maintained by the Department for Education and the school is not permitted to fund the centre from finance provided for the children in the main school. The centre must generate its own income from the fees it charges. The centre does however benefit from the educational support from the school’s foundation stage teaching staff.
Although not maintained by Shropshire Local Authority, Woodside Primary School maintains good relationships with the LA and buys in some of its services where these provide good value for the school.
The governing body of the school is responsible for the overall strategic management of the school, which it entrusts on a day to day basis to the headteacher, who is also a full governor by virtue of his role.
Chair of Governors