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Woodkirk High Specialist Science School
Woodkirk High Logo.jpg
Established 1948
Headteacher Mr Jonathan White
Specialism Science College
Location Rein Road
Tingley
West Yorkshire
WF3 1JQ
England
LEA City of Leeds
Ofsted number 108082
Staff 110
Students 1800
Gender Mixed
Ages 11 to 19
Colours Royal Blue and Yellow
Website Woodkirk High School
Coordinates: 53°43′47″N 1°35′08″W / 53.72962°N 1.58563°W / 53.72962; -1.58563

Woodkirk High School is a high school located on Rein Road in Tingley, West Yorkshire, England. Its official name is Woodkirk High Specialist Science School since its grant in 2003. The school was opened in the September of 1948 and has over 1,800 students, over 250 sixth formers, and 250+ teachers. The Headteacher is former assistant headteacher, Jonathan White, replacing Bill Bailey in 2006 and assistant head is Mrs Joyce Ford.

In 2003 the school gained specialist science status. To mark this they built a new data logging suite; although the capacity of this suite to actually log data is hotly debated amongst students and teachers alike. They also changed their school logo to include an atom and the Pi (π) symbol.

Currently, the school uniform includes a royal blue jumper with a coloured collar. Each year of students have their own colour. Sixthform years 12 and 13 wear black, white and grey clothing. The current lower school colours are :

Green
Red
Black
White
Light Blue

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Recent developments

In 2003 Woodkirk saw the completion of its new Learning Resource Centre and teaching block, called the Green Block. In November 2006 the school had folding tiered seating installed in the main hall to be used for the annual shows as well as assemblies. Also in March 2007 the new administration block was completed which included separate entrances for students and visitors as well as much needed extra space for the office staff. In July 2008 a shelter was built for eating lunch outside.

Staff

With over 250 staff at Woodkirk, many people come and go with out a notice but some of the teachers have left quite a hole when taken leave. A record spoken about by many is that of ex P.E teacher among other things Mr Graham Thornton has worked at the school since 1962 and is still a familiar face working there. Now part time cover teacher Mr Jim Leathley has worked at the school fully from 1968 to 2008. Among many others that have left a long impression and a huge hole in the schools history is head of Geography Mr Bob Saunders, he begun in the September of 1974 and retired his position to much upset to new face Miss Kirsty McHale in July 2009.

Heads of department

English - Mr I. Boardman
Maths - Mr R. Jackson
Science - Mrs J. Fox
Geography - Miss K. McHale
History - Mrs J. Hill
Modern Languages - Mrs J. Carling
Textiles Design - Mrs F. Hunter
Food Technology - Mrs J. Whitehead
Graphic Design - Mr T. Wilson
H.O.D Product Design - Mrs F. Hunter
Music - Mrs K. Clarke
Art - Mrs B. Harrison
Drama - Mrs J. Easterbrook
Dance - Miss L. White
Religious Education - Mr D. Skitt
Social Science - Mrs T. Redmond
I.T - Mr D. Turnbull
Business Studies - Mr D. Robertshaw
Physical Education - Mr J. Gill

School productions

Every year the school puts on a production for the general public. Past shows include: Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat Back to the 80s Les Miserables, Fame, Grease and The Sound of Music.

In 1999, following the March production, the cast of 'Grease' travelled to the London Palladium to represent the North-East as part of an afternoon performance celebrating the 100th anniversary of N.O.D.A. The cast performed a 10 minute excerpt of 'Myth!', written by, then student, Lee Spink and teacher, Catherine Bowen.

In 2007, as well as the show in March, they put on a show called "Summer Nights". This was student led, by Oliver McCarthy and Becky Emms, and celebrated the excellent talent that was leaving the school that year. It was held on the evenings of the the 12th and 13th July, and featured songs from Wicked, Phantom Of The Opera and Grease; as well as many more relatively unknown musicals, such as Side Show and The Last 5 Years. It was almost a sell out on both nights.

For 2008 the show was Chess and was performed solely by students of the school. Unlike previous years a 'Gala Night' was organized by the Business and Enterprise group for specially invited guests and staff.

In March 2009, the school put on "Suessical the Musical" as the annual school show. This show celebrated the works of Dr. Suess, famous for his creation of the "Grinch" and "Green Eggs and Ham"

The 2010 production will be "Hairspray", the auditions having taken place recently. They will be one of the first schools to perform the musical, the amateur license having only just come out.

On top of the productions, the music department organizes many performances at venues such as Woodkirk Church and Morley Town Hall.

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