At Allestree Woodlands, we pride ourselves on the warm and friendly atmosphere of the school. Relationships are important and we endeavour to ensure that every student feels safe and happy. We strive for the best achievements for our students and believe that every young person deserves the chance to feel successful at school.

Our school motto, ‘Aspire and Achieve’, sums up our hopes and expectations for every student who is part of our school community. But, we know that aspiration is a risky business; after all, if you dream big, there is always that chance that you might not reach your ambitious goal. This means that staff at Allestree Woodlands must build bravery and courage in the ways they teach and the relationships they form with students. We must both support and challenge all young people to aspire, to dream of what might lie ahead and to work hard to make those ambitious goals possible. Why settle for less than our very best? When aspiration and hard work are combined, people achieve amazing things. That is our aim at Allestree Woodlands: to see every young person aspire to reach or exceed their potential and work hard towards that goal, in turn receiving excellent teaching and support to achieve it and to feel a sense of self-worth and pride in doing so.

We are lucky to be a thriving school with a growing intake, a wide level 3 subject offer at post-16, superb extra-curricular opportunities in sports, technology and the creative and performing arts as well as possessing tremendous facilities. If you would like to know more, take a look at our website or arrange a visit. We have open evenings planned for this half-term for prospective students and their parents and you are most welcome to come along and get a feel for what Allestree Woodlands is all about.

Gemma Penny - Headteacher


On-Line Payment System

Further to our previous communications, we are pleased to announce that our new (and secure)           on-line payment system is now available to parents and carers.  You will be able to access this facility by clicking on the heading Parents and Carers and finding School Payments (Wisepay) under that section.  It is advisable to register your log-in details as soon as you have received a student reference number with your notification letter.

This facility is currently limited to payments for the forthcoming Activity Day, but will be extended to Trips, Events and School Meals over the next few weeks.  Further notification will be provided as the facility is added to.

It is our intention over time to give the opportunity to parents and carers to make on-line payments for as many payable facilities in school as possible.


German Exchange 2011

In order to maintain our well established cultural link with Derby's twin city Osnabrück, we welcomed a group of 26 students and 2 members of staff from our partner school 'The Angela Schule' to spend a week with our students in order to experience life in England and improve their language skills. The programme of events included a trip to Matlock, a day in York, time in Derby city centre, a group meal, a day at Alton Towers, a day in school and a Derby County match. The following Blog gives more information on the activities and events as told by the students involved

To see what they have been up to click here


New Vacancy for Personal Assistant to the Headteacher 

We are currently recruiting for a Personal Assistant to the Headteacher at Woodlands School. If you are interested, please go to our vacancies page where you can see the full details and download an application pack.


Y8 Science Visit to ThinkTank: The Birmingham Science Museum 21st and 22nd June 2011

A visit has been organised to ‘Think Tank’ Birmingham Science Museum on Tuesday 21st June and Wednesday 22nd June 2011. Students will be taking part in fun hands-on workshops, demonstration lectures, a planetarium show as well as having access to the three educational galleries.  This visit is aimed at raising awareness of the careers and learning opportunities available in science, maths and technology. You can see the exciting the opportunities available to your son/daughter during the visit at Letters and more information and parental consent forms available from your child’s science teacher and must be returned by 23rd May 2011.