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Woodville Primary School
Brent Avenue, South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5SE, UK Chelmsford
+44 (0)1245 321755

Woodville School

We are a primary school in South East Essex. Take a look round our web site to find out more about us and see some samples of the children's work. The link buttons on the left will take you round or contact us at the address below:

Woodville School
Brent Avenue
South Woodham Ferrers
Essex CM3 5SE
Tel: 01245 321755
fax: 01245 328418
To find the most recent information about our school click on the 'News' button on the left.

We offer a wide range of clubs, some take place at lunchtimes and some after school. To find out more about sporting opportunities at Woodville go to our information page.

Woodville has achieved the Healthy Schools award for our efforts at encouraging the children to eat healthily and think about their diet. Pupils bring only healthy snacks to school for break time and the school kitchen offers a range of well balanced meals at lunch time. A menu is available at the school entrance

You can learn a little more about us here
Woodville Primary School was opened in 1977 to serve the area North of the railway line in South Woodham Ferrers. The school was extended in 1991 to provide permanent accommodation for 360 pupils. The extension and remodelling of the existing building created not only extra classrooms, but a purpose built audio-visual room and a library, as well as extra areas for technology, craft, art etc. The assembly hall is equipped for physical education and the well equipped kitchen caters for all who wish to take advantage of a nutritional meal, cooked on the premises. The school playing field, which was also upgraded in 1991, provides opportunities for a wide range of sporting activities. In September 1993, the school achieved Grant-maintained status. This provided opportunities to improve all aspects of the school, including lowering the pupil/staff ratio, increasing support for children with learning difficulties, enhancing the stock of furniture and equipment and improving the school environment through further extensions to the building and the undertaker our own grounds maintenance. The Internet is available through the school's computer network to all rooms within the main building, providing opportunities for pupils to further their understanding of Information Technology and to extend their knowledge by accessing their information available.
School Organization
The children are grouped in classes in accordance with their age. In effect this means that the age span in any of the classes is normally no more than six months. The teacher for each class is responsible for the children's work and progress, although they may, at times, be working with other teachers in other parts of the school. Teachers having special knowledge or skills in particular areas of the curriculum are given responsibility for that area and organise the curriculum accordingly. Children are treated as individuals and are expected and encouraged to progress according to their ability.
The school employs teaching assistants who provide additional support for the children and supplement the work of the teachers. There is a Teaching Assistant in every class for the whole day.


The School Council has been in operation for approximately four years. In that time it has been involved in a number of initiatives and responsible for instigating several others. The Council is made up of two representatives form each class from Years 2-6, who are elected by their classmates. Meetings are held monthly and representatives voice issues raised by their colleagues in class and 'feed back' to them on any decisions and action taked by the Council. It is an opportunity for pupils to make a real difference on issues that matter to them. Minutes are issued after each meeting to keep everybody informed.

  Here are just some examples of the school council at work.
Playground surface games and wall painting
Wall 'boardgames' in the playground.
Friendship bench.
School dinners - meeting with the cook to discuss a greater variety of choices and the need for a salad bar.
Extra litter bins.
Chess Club
Running school mock elections to parallel national elections.
Interviewing prospective candidates for the school Headship.
Presenting the playleader scheme in the school assembly.

As you can see the Council members are working very hard on behalf of their fellow pupils and should be proud of what they have achieved.


Woodville School Choir

Woodville Junior Choir has been running for twelve years and meets twice a week, once at lunchtime and once after school. There are approximately 70 members, at least a third of which are boys.  The choir makes regular appearances at venues outside school including both the Festival and Albert Halls.  The children enjoy working in the local community to raise money for various charities such as Barnados Children's Homes, The British Legion and The Round Table.  They have also appeared at Victorian Evenings and Chelmsford Community Music Days.  There are no auditions so if you have a love of music and want to sing and entertain do come along.

Computer Club

The computer club meets once a week after school, but at the moment is restricted to just year 6 children because of the number of computers in the suite.  The aim is to allow the pupils to extend their learning beyond what can be covered in school time and to take part in various programs run by outside agencies such as Net Detectives, which is run by Childnet International (see Links page) and here children take on a wide variety of challenges that make them think about the world they live in, the pitfalls they may come across and the aspects they wish to preserve and promote.

Chess Club

The thriving chess club held at the school is run by a member of staff for children in years 4-6.  The club meets once a week, usually on Thursdays after school.  Pupils do not need to know how to play as they will receive any tuition needed and existing members are always happy to offer help and support.

There are friendly matches with other schools and all members of the club have taken part in the National Chess Challenge, which gives them the opportunity to play against participants of all levels.  Some members of the club will progress to regional competitions and everybody is rewarded with badges and mascots.  If you think this is for you please come along and join us.

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