'Faith, Unity and Vision' are the three words that capture the very essence of a Woodard education. Established by Nathaniel Woodard in 1848, all Woodard schools have an outstanding reputation for providing academic excellence coupled with unrivalled pastoral care. Each school caters for the individual, where every student is valued for themselves and encouraged to give their very best. Although the schools have been built on a Christian ethos, all faiths are welcome and Woodard schools openly encourage understanding, diversity and tolerance for all. The Woodard family of schools provides many inter-school opportunities, the sharing of best practice and a strength and expertise within education. Our pioneering heritage places much emphasis on leadership and management. From attractive, welcoming environments to modern facilities, Woodard schools offer a rich variety of extra-curricular activities, professional teaching and effective pastoral care.
Nathaniel Woodard (21st March 1811 - 25th April 1891)
A priest in the Church of England, Nathaniel Woodard founded an incredible 11 schools for the middle classes in England during his lifetime. His aim was to provide an education with a fundamental foundation based on "sound principle and sound knowledge, firmly grounded in the Christian faith".
In his lifetime, he was surrounded by and shocked by social conflict, poverty, deprivation and lack of aspiration in a chaotic society, and he set out to try and transform this situation. He firmly believed that education was the only way to aid this transformation and began his lifelong work of founding schools. In 1870, he was made Canon of Manchester Cathedral in recognition of his efforts and received a generous stipend with this position. He used the majority of this towards funding the building of his schools. Today, Woodard schools form the largest group of independent Church of England schools in England and Wales, and as part of the Woodard Corporation, strive to promote Nathaniel Woodard's educational principles.