Woodhouse College
Alica Derome Rebecca Saul

Conversion to academy status


In February and March 2020 the Corporation of Woodhouse College consulted on a proposal that the College should become a 16-19 academy, therefore moving it from being a sixth form college to being an academy school. The consultation document, more detailed questions and answers, and the formal notice about the proposed legal dissolution of the College Corporation are available on this page.

The Corporation’s Governors are very grateful to everyone who shared their views at the consultation meetings and through online questionnaires. A summary of the consultation is available on this page (below) or is available free of charge from the College office (020 8445 1210).

Now following consideration of the consultation responses, the Corporation’s Governors have decided that Woodhouse College should become an academy school. In legal terms, this requires the dissolution of the existing sixth form college and the establishment of Woodhouse as an academy for 16-19 year old students. The academy would be called Woodhouse College and carry on the educational provision that the College currently offers. All of the property, rights, assets and liabilities of the current College would transfer to the academy trust. The staff would transfer their employment to the academy trust. All current students, and those joining in September 2020, will be able to study the same courses in 2020/21 and in future years.

The conversion of Woodhouse College to an academy is subject to the Secretary of State for Education approving the proposal to establish a new, specialist Maths School in partnership with Imperial College London and we now need to await that decision. If the Maths School is approved, Woodhouse College and Imperial College London will jointly establish the new academy trust that would then be responsible for both Woodhouse College (as an academy) and the Maths School.

The College and its Corporation strongly believe these decisions will support the future success and sustainability of Woodhouse. The partnership with Imperial College London offers many opportunities as well as establishing a prestigious Maths School to serve current and additional pupils. Conversion to an academy will enable these opportunities to be seized, including financial benefits, while maintaining the same approaches that have served us so well to date – our strong curriculum offer, our ethos and culture, our expectations, and our terms and conditions of employment.

It had originally been planned that conversion would happen on 1 August 2020, but due to the pandemic, potential new dates of either 1 November 2020 or 1 January 2021 are now being considered. These are still subject to change of course and any updates on this will be posted here, and communicated to staff, students and parents, as usual.

Consultation Report