Richard Morse OPUS

Woodard Corporation

Abbots Bromley school is run by the Woodard Corporation and one thing we all know in life is that organisations such as the Woodard Corporation do not like actions being highlighted.

That is why I feel we should ensure that when prospective parents of other schools by the Woodard Corporation are searching for schools they are aware of how Woodard Corporation can close a school without any consultation period.

A part of my background skills include Search engine optimisation so a little reasoning behind my article was to highlight a few key facts about the Woodard Corporation and the pain the Woodard Corporation are causing our children and also highlighting some of the complex problems which are arising due to the closure of Abbots Bromley School by the Woodard Corporation

In the coming days this article about the Woodard Corporation will feature very prominently whenever someone searches for them online,

So lets start who are the Woodard Corporation

So according to the Woodard Corporation internal information they state

” The Woodard Corporation is a significant charity founded on the vision of Canon Nathaniel Woodard, providing high-quality education in an actively Christian school environment for all. Today, Woodard educates over 30,000 pupils across academy, independent and state-maintained schools. Our aim is to be the educational provider of choice and a valued voice in UK education. “

So what is our grievance about the The Woodard Corporation

The Woodard Corporation have recently advised parents of Abbots Bromley School that the school will close due to a financial deficit despite the Woodard Corporation operating with a near £20 million pound profit last financial year.

At no point have the Woodard Corporation undertaken any consultation period with parents they simply sent all parents an email on a late Friday evening advising us the school will close and did so at a time when they knew the phone lines would be closed, this left many Abbots Bromley School parents deeply worried and we have to wait until the next week to attend a meeting.

At the meeting Woodard Corporation attended and confirmed they would be closing the school without any consultation period and we had one terms notice to find another school, this is easier said than done.

The Woodard Corporation at this point have now left Year 10 and year 12 pupils with major problems as moving school isn’t as easy as moving house especially during GCSE’s and A levels as there are many other complications to consider

  • Does the new school offer all the same GCSE options
  • Does the new school who may offer all the same GCSE options use the same exam boards as if they do not, children will need to repeat year 10, as a boarding pupil that has an estimated cost of £25,000 to children just to repeat the year as a day pupil the costs are also significant.

In the majority of schools i have found the following:

  • Most schools cannot match up all of the Children’s GCSE options and are encouraging parents to repeat year 10 or year 12.
  • In some cases where the options may be available, the exam boards do not match up meaning whilst Children may be able to sit English GCSE the books they have read already will not be the same and children will need to read 4 new books and complete all the work again, hence the need to repeat year 10
  • Where only one or two exam boards are not the same they are asking parents to drop GCSE and A level options, meaning our children will get fewer GCSE options than a poorly performing school despite our children attending one of the better performing schools

    Woodard Corporation owns other schools so surely we can just transfer into one of the other schools?
    Well, you would think that wouldn’t you, surely a school such as Abbots Bromley School would be the same exam boards as let’s say Denstone College, sadly this is not the case so pupils who wished to transfer would face the same problems as transferring to a Non-Woodard Corporation school.

The failure of the Woodard Corporation to consult

Had the Woodard Corporation offered a 12 month or 2 year consultation period this would have allowed parents to make informed decisions on the future of their children and also allowed those children in Year 10 and Year 12 the ability to complete exams and provide some security in the interim to provide breathing space to parents and importantly allow time for investors to reach a deal to complete the sale of the school.

What can you do about it

Firstly you can sign the petition below and secondly you can vote with your feet as described below.

Woodard schools
Woodard schools petition

Would you want your child to go through this again?

As im sure you would all agree the way the Woodard Corporation has acted has not been in the best interests of our children so I feel its important to remind parents of the schools that the Woodard Corporation operate as Independent schools as personally, I do not feel I could attend one of the below schools due to the way the Woodard Corporation have acted and could well do the same again to any of the below schools on the list and you may find yourself moving to another Woodard school to end up in this position again.

So here is that list of Woodard Corporation independent schools

Maybe take a look at the below list of other Woodard Independent schools and really remind yourself about the pain the planned closure of Abbots Bromley School has caused and would you want your children to face this again whilst also lining the pockets of the Woodard Corporation

Ardingly College – an independent co-educational boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 2 to 18 located in the south east of England.  The Senior School covers ages 13 to 18, with the Sixth Form offering a choice of A Levels and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

Ardingly College Prep School – Part of Ardingly College, the Prep School (boarding and day) comprises The Farmhouse Pre-Prep School including a Nursery School and the Prep School.

Bloxham School – an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 11 to 18 situated in north Oxfordshire.

The Cathedral School – an independent day school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18, located in Llandaff, Cardiff.

Denstone College – a co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11 to 18, set in beautiful grounds in rural Staffordshire.

Denstone College Preparatory School – an independent Preparatory School in Staffordshire which, together with a Nursery, caters for day children between the ages of 3 and 11.

Ellesmere College – an independent co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged 7 to 18, located near Ellesmere.

Hurstpierpoint College – day and boarding school education for boys and girls aged 4 to 18, set in an outstanding country campus of 140 acres in Sussex.

Hurstpierpoint College Prep School – part of Hurstpierpoint College, this is a co-educational, day school for pupils from 4 to 13 years.

King’s College – an independent co-educational boarding and day school in Taunton, Somerset with over 460 pupils aged 13 to 18 years.

King’s Hall School – situated within 50 acres of beautiful countryside on the edge of Taunton, King’s Hall School provides exceptional education for boys and girls from the ages of 2 through to 13. The school offers full, weekly and optional boarding for children from the age of 8 years.

Lancing College – an independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 13-18, in West Sussex.

Lancing College Prep School at Hove – an independent Nursery, Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory School in West Sussex for day pupils between the ages of 3 and 13.

Lancing College Prep School at Worthing – formerly Broadwater Manor School, this provides independent Nursery, Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory School education in West Sussex for day pupils between the ages of 3 and 13.

The Peterborough School – an independent day school with a Nursery, for boys and girls aged from 6 weeks to 18 years, situated on one campus in the heart of Peterborough.

Prestfelde School – set amidst 30 acres of beautiful grounds on the edge of Shrewsbury, Prestfelde is a co-educational Preparatory School for boarding and day pupils from the age of 3 to 13.

Queen Mary’s School – an independent girls’ school in North Yorkshire for day and boarding pupils from ages 2 through to 16, with co-educational Nursery and Pre-Preparatory departments for children between 2 and 7 years.

St James’ School – a co-educational non-selective independent day and boarding school in Grimsby for pupils aged 2 to 18.

Worksop College and Ranby House – the College is a co-educational independent school for both day and boarding pupils aged 13 to 18, in Worksop.  Ranby House is a co-educational independent Preparatory School, offering day and boarding to boys and girls aged 3 to 13, in Retford.

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