At Woodridge College, we strive to provide pupils with a stimulating academic environment that enables achievement to the best of their ability. Our underlying values are discipline, accountability, commitment, honesty, and mutual respect. We prioritise and protect academic time and provide regular and meaningful communication regarding the capabilities and performance of each pupil, to enhance the quality of their learning.
Although our pupils are fully involved in all aspects of school life, we strive to maximise experiential education opportunities in both teaching and learning. Assessment is regular and varied. Apart from weekly test lessons and two exam sessions per year, pupils write tests, complete homework assignments, carry out research, thorough scientific-practical investigations, and presentations.
Three academic reports are sent out to parents electronically every year. Every subject teacher comments on the progress of the pupil.
We write the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matric examinations. We value their excellent standards and the open feedback with examiners. Although we follow a similar syllabus as the government schools, the examination process is independent. The results are ratified by Umalusi, the same body that ratifies the state examination results. Many universities around the world recognise the IEB Matric results. Most of our teachers are involved in the marking process at the National or Regional level.
In Grade 9, pupils have to make the difficult choice of which subjects to take in the FET phase of their schooling. Discussions with pupils, a presentation to parents, and personalised feedback from an educational psychologist all guide the pupil in making informed decisions.
All pupils are offered English as a Home Language. Afrikaans and Xhosa are offered First Additional Languages, while foreign pupils are offered French as a Second Additional Language.
For a small school, we offer a large variety of subjects for Grades 10-12. The subjects in the junior grades are generally split into specific disciplines, with subject specialists providing our pupils with real insight into the subject matter. Drama was introduced in 2016 to complement the input of the Music and Visual Arts departments.
Mathematics remains an area of focus, with more teaching time given to these classes and allowing pupils access to Further Studies in Mathematics, in addition to Further Studies in English.
All subjects provide extra assistance through afternoon clinics. Subject teachers remain available in the classrooms to assist individuals or groups of pupils in mastering the content.
2023 Matric Results
The Woodridge College matric class of 2023 achieved a 100% pass rate, with 91 Bachelor Degree passes, nine Diploma passes, and a total of 145 distinctions.
The top achievers were James Beckley and Amy Pape with seven distinctions each, Arabella Erasmus and Asemahle Makapela with six each, and Jordan Jenneker, Dylan Pienaar, Erin Ring, and Tristan Torrance with five each.