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Woodbridge boarding School

Address: Burkitt Rd, Woodbridge IP12 4JH, United Kingdom

Description Woodbridge boarding School

  • Founded: in 1577
  • Location: Woodbridge, Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Students age: 4-18 years
  • Total number of students: 975 people
  • Residence type: guest house (from age 13) or day form
  • Type of studying: mixed
  • Language of instruction: English.

Woodbridge School is considered to be one of the oldest schools in the UK - it dates back to 1577. In 1864, the institution moved to a new location, a new campus, where it is located to this day, occupying a territory of more than 20 hectares. This is the best school in a large area of ​​Ipswich.

Today, the school is divided into several departments according to the age of the pupils:

  • Pre-Prep Kindergarten (Queen's House) - holds approximately 100 children from 4 to 7 years old.
  • Preparatory classes Prep School (The Abbey) - designed for 200 students 7-11 (campus in the city center)
  • High School and Sixth Form (actually Woodbridge School). It is designed for senior students11-18 years - a total of 650 people: 62 boarding places for students from 13 years old, 91 students study on the GCSE program.

One of the strongest aspects of the Woodbridge School is music education - in this area the school is one of the most developed in the whole of the UK. Here all conditions for productive classes are created practically at the professional level, regular concerts and tours (including national scale, trips abroad) are organized. Many graduates continue their education in the most prestigious specialized universities: for example, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music & amp; Drama.

But the academic results of students on the basic curriculum are very high. Annually the school graduates enter the most prestigious and top universities of the country and the world, including:

  • Oxford University
  • Cambridge University
  • University College London
  • University of Southampton
  • King's College London
  • Cardiff University
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Nottingham
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Liverpool
  • London School of Economics and others.

Examining the successes of students for 2014, one can note outstanding academic results:

  • A-level: A * score (highest score) earned 13%, while 36% of students passed exams for the high score A * -A, and 63% of graduates for scores A * -B;
  • GCSE: 22% of the students received the highest score A *, 52% earned a score A, and 80% were able to achieve a high score of B.

The curriculum of the students at the Woodbridge School from elementary to graduating classes is notable for its diversity and balance. There is always time for interesting electives, rest and communication, fun and educational extracurricular activities. The first years of school are devoted mainly to teaching children how to learn: they are taught the love of knowledge, self-improvement, they are taught to live and work in a team. For each child, teachers find their approach, their methods of work: it helps to develop actively personal talents, abilities and skills (including logic, critical and analytical thinking), makes learning more comfortable. The curriculum always includes creative studies (literature, theater, music, cinema), sports development - it is important to develop each child as a multifaceted, harmonious personality.

For foreign students an intensive English program EAL (English as a foreign language) is offered - if they wish, they can take exams in English at the IGCSE level. Also, additional educational methods are developed and successfully applied for gifted, talented students, as well as for those children who need increased attention and care.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Woodbridge boarding School

Program name
from 10 697 £ / term


Classical British program, completing the course of secondary school, is designed for 2 academic years. After its completion, students are issued a certificate of the same name (General Certificate of Secondary Education), giving the opportunity to enter the senior graduation classes of the Sixth Form.

In total, the curriculum of GCSE program includes 8-10 subjects, which are passed exams. Among these disciplines there are both mandatory and optional:

1) Compulsory:

  • Mathematics
  • English Language and Literature
  • Exact sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Foreign language.

2) Optional (electives):

  • Geography
  • Additional foreign language
  • History
  • Drama and theater
  • Information Technology
  • Business management
  • Music
  • Design and technology
  • Religious Studies
  • History
  • Latin
  • Art
  • Physical education, sport.
from 10 697 £ / term


The program of pre-university preparation is designed for 2 academic years. A-level certificate with high scores (A * -B) is highly appreciated: it gives an opportunity to enter even the most elite and prestigious universities of the world without additional entrance examinations.

A very small number of subjects are studied: 4-5 in the first year of study and 3-4 in the second (for which exams are also taken). Disciplines are studied at a complex, in-depth, almost university level. The list of available subjects is very wide, covering practically all areas of knowledge and sciences:

  • English
  • Art and design
  • Technology and design
  • English as a foreign language
  • Modern languages ​​(Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish)
  • Computer techologies
  • Business research
  • Latin language
  • Classical civilization and ancient history, classical sciences
  • Religious studies
  • Statistics
  • English literature
  • Communications
  • Drama and theater
  • Philosophy
  • Higher mathematics
  • English literature
  • Economy
  • Biology
  • Religious Studies (Theology)
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics
  • Fashion & Style
  • The Art of Photography
  • History
  • Design
  • Chemistry
  • Philology
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Physical Culture
  • Dancing
  • Geography.

Additionally, students can create an Extended Project Qualification under the supervision of an experienced curator - this is an excellent opportunity to enhance their academic and research skills before going to university.

Accommodation, housing and food

The school provides places for its boarders, but foreign students must apply as early as possible for a place in the school residence. The main building of the school hostel is called School House - the central, the main part of the school, where everything is equipped with the utmost comfort, convenience and coziness:

  • Bright, spacious bedrooms with modern design
  • Living room with soft furniture for general recreation and communication
  • TV room
  • Functional student kitchen
  • A sufficient number of latrines and bathrooms
  • Accessing Wi-Fi
  • Qualified educators and housemaster who are always ready to help children in solving any problems and situations, they look after the children around the clock, ensure their safety and comfort.

In total, the hostel is home to about 60 children aged 13 and over.

The boarders are offered a balanced and varied board meal - three times a day - there is a possibility to choose a vegetarian diet.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : Ancient history, art, Art and design, biology, business management, Business research, chemistry, Chinese, Classical civilization, communications, computer techologies, design, design and technology, drama, economics, English, English as a Foreign Language, English literature, exact sciences, fashion, foreign language, French, geography, german language, Higher mathematics, history, Information Technology, Italian language, Japanese, Latin language, maths, music, Natural Sciences, philology, philosophy, physical Culture, physics, psychology, Religious studies, Spanish, statistics, The art of dance, the photo, theater, World literature

Events Woodbridge boarding School

One of the strongest areas of extracurricular activities at Woodbridge School is music - the local school Britten-Pears Music School has long been known extensively outside the region, and in recent years has been scaled-up and updated. Regular music lessons are attended by a large part of the students - experienced, qualified teachers of all kinds are engaged with them:

  • Flute
  • Pipe
  • Flute
  • Piano
  • Oboe
  • Percussion Tools
  • Small double bass
  • Harp
  • Saxophone
  • Clarinet
  • Cello
  • Violin
  • Horn
  • Alt
  • Authority

Current trends help children to open up and express themselves - for example, swing, rock and jazz. Every year, more than 60 concerts are organized by students and teachers, both on campus and outside. For example, in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain schoolchildren from Woodbridge are more than from any other school in the region! The school also boasts that it is its students who make up the most part of the National Youth String Instruments Academy. The scholarships awarded to students allow them to study in the best professional institutions - for example, at the Guildhall School of Music.

Also, the priority for extracurricular activities for many students is acting, dramatic skills - these classes are available to students of any age. Drama can be chosen both as an elective, and as one of the main subjects of the curriculum (for example, on the A-level program or GCSE). Annually students organize 9-12 complex productions, informal events and day clubs, improvisations and dance shows. Many students are so imbued with theatrical art that in the future they successfully pass the examinations of the London Academy of Music and Theater Arts (LAMDA) and make art their profession.

The sports component of school life is equally developed: the campus infrastructure is perfectly prepared for a wide variety of activities - indoor and outdoor sports grounds, fields, courts, sports and gyms. Students can play sports at an amateur level, play for fun, and engage in almost professional level - to participate in regional and national competitions, championships. Among the sports available to students, the following can be noted:

  • Skiing
  • Archery
  • Golf
  • Windsurfing
  • Hockey
  • Fencing
  • Track and field athletics
  • Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Riding
  • Cross Country
  • Rugby
  • Rowing
  • Sailing (a couple of minutes walk from the school there is an excellent professional Sailing club on the river Deben.)

Except the immediate physical development, students can use the services of a professional sports psychologist, and regular assessment of physical development helps to visually track personal progress.

The program enriches the experience of Seckford Scheme. This is a complex of sports, creative and professional activities that are aimed not only at a pleasant pastime, but also at the development of personal skills and future career guidance. Sue Ryder Home is a unique and trustee program: students have the opportunity to participate in international cultural exchange - only in recent years, cooperation has been conducted not only with European countries, but also with Australia, South Africa and India.

Students can also spend free hours in numerous clubs and sections of interest:

  • Art studio
  • Music
  • Choreography
  • First Aid
  • Oratorical art
  • Swimming
  • Skills of working on the keyboard
  • Drama
  • Media research
  • Multimedia skills
  • Chess, etc.

High school students can study in the United Cadets Corps, or compete for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. We organize interesting lessons on the System of Sports Leadership Development, as well as survival practice in difficult conditions (of course, without the slightest risk to the life and health of the students).

The excursion program, which is offered to the students, is extensive and diverse - in addition to tours of local musical groups, students are offered a wide choice of interesting tours. It can be a trip to a ski resort, a visit to a major sports championship or an important game, historical or ecological expeditions, field classes, trips to London (for shopping and recreation, and for cultural and cognitive education), trips abroad - just do not list!

Equipment Woodbridge boarding School

The campus of the school is located in Suffolk County in the east of England, in the town of Woodbridge (from London it is 2 hours away). The big territory reaches 32 hectares: it is a well-groomed, cozy, picturesque park area with everything necessary for comfortable, effective studying according to modern standards.

Most of the campus buildings are historical monuments of the 16th and 19th centuries, but there are also new, modern buildings: for example, laboratories, a large scientific complex for natural science research, sports fields.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The course price already includes:

  • Studying for the chosen program
  • Accommodation in full board (for the corresponding option): residence, three meals a day. The price includes lunch for day students
  • Educational guides, books and materials; office supplies
  • Free use of the entire school infrastructure and equipment
  • Laundry (for boarders)
  • Extracurricular and leisure program, classes in the circles and sections.

Additionally paid:

  • Registration fee (non-refundable)
  • Academic deposit (refundable) = cost of the trimester
  • Additional trips and excursions (including abroad)
  • Examinations fees
  • Music lessons in the school, rental of tools
  • Some sports and electives (golf, sailing, equestrian sports)
  • Guardianship (registration with the agency + guardian services)
  • Round trip tickets
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Mandatory medical Insurance
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Consular fee (payable at the Embassy) .

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 100 GBP
  • Deposit for a course/programme 10697 GBP

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Foreign students in the school traditionally do not exceed 10%.

All applicants for the Woodbridge School must not only prove academic, intellectual solvency (prepare a report card with grades from a previous school, recommendations and pass the entrance exams) - it is necessary to demonstrate a high level of English. It is very desirable to have musical abilities. Also, the entrant should be ready to go through a personal interview, write a motivation letter - "Why did I choose this school? Why am I worthy to study here? ".

Scholarships Woodbridge boarding School

The school offers several fellowships to their successful students. For example, sport promotion is given to students who have demonstrated excellent personal progress and successes outside the school campus, in regional and national competitions - this scholarship can cover up to 25% of the cost of study.

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