Woodlands Academy, Coventry

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Woodlands Academy (formerly The Woodlands School and Sports College) was a boys secondary school situated in west Coventry in the West Midlands, England.

Woodlands Academy
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Coordinates52°24′46″N 1°35′29″W / 52.41279°N 1.59125°W / 52.41279; -1.59125Coordinates: 52°24′46″N 1°35′29″W / 52.41279°N 1.59125°W / 52.41279; -1.59125
ClosedJuly 2016
Local authorityCoventry City Council
Department for Education URN137165 Tables
Head teacherGina O’Connor
Age11 to 18
Enrolment799 as of March 2016


The school was purpose-built in 1954 as one of the first comprehensive schools in the country, by the collaboration of two local educational establishments, Coventry Technical Secondary School a Grammar School and Templars School a Secondary Modern School It opened on the morning of 21 September 1954.[1] Historic links to these two can be seen in The Woodlands School coat of arms. Pupils were aged between 11 and 18. It remained a boys school; girls went to the nearby Tile Hill Wood School.

In 2003, the school was awarded specialist status as a Sports College.[1]

In the main building there was a copy of the Guernica painting, which illustrated a stylised view of the 1937 Bombing of Guernica in Basque Spain by German and Italian bombers in the Spanish Civil War, in which the artist Pablo Picasso clearly expressed his abhorrence to the military suppression of the Spanish people.[2]

In 2003, Woodlands School adopted a new system where all the pupils took their SATs and GCSEs a year early compared to most other secondary schools in England. The percentage of pupils gaining five grade A*-C GCSEs rose from 36% in 2007 to 61.7% in 2008. This led to them being ranked the fifth most successful comprehensive in the city.[3]

In August 2011 Woodlands School converted to academy status and was renamed Woodlands Academy. The school closed in July 2016.


The school made use of the house system and every pupil being registered into one of them. They had assemblies and ate lunch in the house rooms, along with all of the other year groups in the house.[4] Initially a total of eight houses were established with another two following in 1956. They were named after famous citizens of Coventry. Before it closed, the school had five houses. Out of the original ten houses, five of the houses were closed in the 1980s, and Thompson and West were additions named after two former head teachers of the school. In 2015, original house McLachlan was closed.[1]

School crest.

Sixth formEdit

The schools shared its sixth form facilities with Tile Hill Wood Girls School and The Westwood Academy, forming West Coventry Sixth Form, which was founded in September 2001 after the sixth forms of the two schools were merged. The original sixth form building was in the new drama studio but was later in the building where the house, cresswell was.[5]

"Merger" (closure)Edit

The Governing bodies of Woodlands Academy and Tile Hill Wood School led a "consultation" on the possible merger of both schools in 2016. Reasons cited for the merger included a decrease in pupil numbers in West Coventry, and fewer parents and pupils choosing single-sex education. Despite some opposition, the merger was approved, and all pupils transferred to the current Tile Hill Wood site in September 2016.[6] The newly merged mixed school was called West Coventry Academy from September 2017[7]

Notable former pupilsEdit

  • Neil Back (born 1969), rugby union player who has played for the English national team.
  • Tony Clarke (1941-2010), one of music’s pioneering producers of the late sixties and seventies and known as ‘the sixth Moody Blue’ Perhaps his most famous creation was "Nights in White Satin".
  • Cyrus Christie (born 1992), professional footballer.
  • John Gray, English cricketer, and rugby union, and rugby league footballer of the 1960s, '70s and '80s, playing for Warwickshire (cricket), and Marylebone Cricket Club, England 7s (RU), Coventry R.F.C., Great Britain (RL), England, Wigan, North Sydney Bears, and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
  • Danny Grewcock (born 1972), rugby union player who has played for the English national team.
  • David Moorcroft (born 1953), athlete.
  • Tom Wood (born 1986), rugby union player, currently playing for Northampton Saints and the English national team.


  • September 1954 – July 1962: Mr F. West
  • September 1962 – December 1980: Mr Donald Thompson
  • January 1981 – May 1996: Mr Walter Hogarth
  • June 1996 – December 1996: Mr Donald Wright (interim)
  • January 1997 – July 1999: Mr Graham Legg
  • September 1999 – December 1999: Mr Andrew Kerley (interim)
  • January 2000 – 2004: Mr David Hebden
  • September 2004 – January 2015 : Mr Neil Charlton
  • January 2015 – September 2016 : Dr Roger Harris
  • September 2016 – July 2017: Mrs Gina O'Connor


  1. ^ a b c "The History of The Woodlands School ~ 1954-2004". The Woodlands School. Archived from the original on 5 September 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2009.
  2. ^ Tóibín, Colm (29 April 2006). "The Art of War". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 October 2007.
  3. ^ Lynch, Lucy (12 March 2009). "Woodlands' exam improvements 'staggering' say Ofsted inspectors". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 28 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Introduction". The Woodlands School. Archived from the original on 1 November 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Tile Hill Wood School". Tile Hill Wood School. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  6. ^ Lynch, Lucy (15 July 2016). "Sadness as pupils at Woodlands Academy leave for the final time". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Athlete David Moorcroft backs Coventry pupils' protest over school closure plans". BBC News. Retrieved 11 March 2016.

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