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Woodvale Primary Academy

About Us

Thank you for your interest in our highly successful and popular school. Our children are hardworking, feel safe and enjoy learning in a happy and supportive environment.

People often ask me why I chose to work at Woodvale Primary Academy and serve the community. The truth is that when I visited Woodvale prior to application, I gained a sense of the academy and its “feel”. I could see that the academy was not too big at around 470 and that the staff and pupils knew each other well and enjoyed working and learning together. I could see that there was plenty to work with and build upon.

The children are polite, cheerful and friendly. They enjoy learning and this is reflected in attendance levels that continue to improve. As they feel safe and confident at our academy they are able to focus upon their learning. This is borne out by responses to our regular pupil voice surveys. We have many visitors to the academy and they always comment upon the warm atmosphere, the strong sense of identity and the confidence and friendliness of our children.

My own experience is based on nearly three decades of leadership in various aspects of education, for example, as a lead on literacy, curriculum, pupil welfare, data and achievement. As Woodvale Primary Academy moves in time with the latest innovations in education, we will continue to recruit and retain a highly skilled staff with training and experience who will be able to bring this richness to our academy as we move forward.

One of the first challenges I faced as Principal of Woodvale Primary Academy was to review the Core Values which are its essence. These are now to be Safe, Kind, Responsible and Outstanding. These underpin all of our work and planning and the huge amounts of progress our students achieve during their time in our academy.

John Donne wrote over four centuries ago that “No Man is an Island” and this is true of academies. Just as the children and staff are part of a wider community fabric, so is the academy itself. I love working with the many successful partnerships in the area and this has enabled us to offer richer learning experiences for our children. It is also a useful means of self-evaluation and challenge and it is part of my philosophy, and that of the academy, to be receptive to the views and feedback from colleagues and leaders in other academies, from parents and the wider community. Support from home is one of the most important influences on a child’s education and we will work closely with all of our parents and carers. As we strive to make further improvements, the support and feedback from parents and carers is vital and much appreciated. I frequently thank parents through newsletters and open evenings for the huge contribution they make through their encouraging and positive feedback.

Teaching and learning at Woodvale are focused upon enjoyment, progress, individual and collective fulfilment and the pursuit of excellence. Both the teaching and the support staff are reflective and welcome feedback from children, parents and carers as they work to meet the needs of all learners. The curriculum continues to develop with a variety of opportunities to develop learning inside and outside school. New ideas and initiatives are received with great enthusiasm.

The greatest strength of our academy is its children. This is shown in many ways such as concerts, sporting endeavours and artistic performances. Children enjoy their learning, value the academy and

they are proud to be a part of it. They appreciate the help and guidance they receive from the excellent teaching and support staff. Children are able to contribute to school leadership through our School Council system and through the House system.

I often conduct tours of the school for prospective parents and we are always keen to reduce the stress for parents eager to secure a place at Woodvale for their children as quickly as possible through lots of help and support. We welcome visits to the academy throughout the year and throughout the school day.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information or if you wish to visit the academy. Further information about the school is available via our website.


David Ribbins


'Be Responsible, be Outstanding, be Kind, be Safe'


This Academy is sponsored by the Greenwood Academies Trust which was formed in 2009 and now educates approximately 16,000 pupils across seven local authority areas including Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire, Leicester City, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Lincolnshire and Central Bedfordshire.  

To find out more about the Trust click here.