Welcome to the Woodleigh School Website. Woodleigh School is a Decile 7, Year 1 – 6 primary school catering for a roll of 400 students.
The school is set in attractive grounds in the popular suburb of Frankleigh Park, New Plymouth, close to all city amenities, parks and beaches.
Woodleigh School has a proud history of providing quality education in a caring and supportive environment. We endeavour to empower our students with lifelong learning skills with which they can achieve their personal best. It is our goal to make learning interesting and exciting, with students enjoying relevant and meaningful experiences within and beyond the classroom.
We wish to nurture each student’s skills and abilities and for this reason we place equal value on academic, social, cultural and sporting pursuits.
Woodleigh School enjoys trusted partnerships with parents and the community to support the well-being and education of our students. Involvement in school programmes and events is welcomed and valued.
Woodleigh students are great children who aspire to the school motto of ‘Learning – Achieving – Caring – The Woodleigh Way’ and our values of Responsibility, Reliability and Respect. They are enthusiastic, talented and creative and guided by highly skilled teachers.
It is a privilege to be principal of this vibrant, student centred and family orientated learning community and I trust you will find our website to be interesting and informative.
If you are interested in finding out more about Woodleigh School please call to arrange a time to meet with our principal and view the school.
Enrolment at Woodleigh School is governed by an enrolment scheme approved by the Ministry of Education. The enrolment scheme details our school’s home zone. All students who live within the home zone are entitled to attend Woodleigh School. A description of the home zone is available from the school office.
In the year that your child turns four please contact the school office to pre enrol. Your child’s name will be added to the Woodleigh School pre entry register. This helps us to plan classes for the year ahead.
At least three months before your child turns five please complete an enrolment form available from the school office. When returning the form we will need to see your child’s birth certificate, immunisation records and proof of residential address.
Twice a year the Board of Trustees will determine the number places which are likely to be available in the following two terms for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone.
Applications can be made by way of completing an enrolment form available from the school office. If there are more applicants than there are places available, selection within priority groups will be by a ballot conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989.
About six weeks before your child is due to start school an appointment will be made for you to meet the principal to complete the enrolment process. You will also be invited to attend a new entrant parent meeting and arrangements will be made for your child to attend transition to school classes and to visit the classroom and meet the teacher.
Our classrooms are active, vibrant places in which students, guided by very able teachers, develop their skills and abilities. We promote education as a partnership in which students have shared ownership of their learning and develop the confidence and competencies to explore, inquire, make decisions, accept challenges, problem solve, gain knowledge and understanding and experience success.
It is our goal to make learning interesting and relevant, and to foster the acquisition of strategies that allow students to make sense of their world.
Woodleigh School has four learning teams:
Nikau Team caters for our youngest students in Year One. Pohutukawa Team is home to our Year Two students. Kahikatea Team is where you will find our Year Three and Four students. Our senior students in Year 5 and 6 form the Totara Team.
As students move through the school they will participate in exciting programmes that will take them beyond the classroom, into the environment and into the community. They will have many opportunities to become confident communicators and contributors, skilled self-managers and leaders, able sports people and musicians and make effective use of technology to support their learning.
The school enjoys trusted partnerships with parents and promotes effective communication with regular formal and informal opportunities to meet to support each child’s well-being and achievement.
School and team newsletters along with the website provide information about school events and activities.
Woodleigh School is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of five elected parent trustees, a staff representative and the Principal. Parent trustees are elected for a three year term. Elections are held every 18 months as the school runs a staggered cycle to ensure continuity of good governance. The Board is also able to co-opt additional trustee members if required.
The Board is responsible for governing the school and in consultation with parents, staff and students, sets the educational vision, values and direction through the School Charter.
The Charter includes long-term goals and annual targets for the strategic management of curriculum, personnel, finance, property and administration that ensure the provision of a safe, inclusive environment and quality education for all students.
The Principal and staff are responsible for delivering on the Charter and annual targets, supported by the Board of Trustees.
Educational leadership and management of the school is the responsibility of the Principal.
Each year the Board prepares a report that includes a summary of the progress the school has made in relation to goals and targets that support student achievement.
The Board welcomes communication from parents in relation to the overall governance of the school. Contact can be made via the school office Ph. 06 753 9585. Copies of meeting minutes are available at the school office.
Denise Houston Parent Trustee/Chairperson
Brenda Avery Parent Trustee/Treasurer/Secretary
Paul Riley Parent Trustee/Heath & Safety
Travis Gracie Parent Trustee/Property
Clyde Pearce Principal
Diana Kerslake Staff
Jo Garrett Board Administrator
Our aim is to organise fun events and great initiatives for the Woodleigh School community, which provide extra funds to enhance our children’s learning experience.
We organise fundraising events such as celebrity speakers, discos, quiz nights, movie nights, and other fun social activities. This allows us to contribute to a variety of things, such as new technology, sports uniforms, new books, playground equipment, as well as support our Young Leaders and reduce school camp costs.
How you can get involved
Offering to help before events is so valuable. It really is a case of ‘many hands make light work’. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you can’t come into school, there are always little jobs that can be done from home. We often need a range of skills, from muscle power to brain power so any level of support is appreciated.
The best way to keep up to date with our activities is to LIKE the Woodleigh Home & School facebook page. This is where the committee promotes school fundraising activities and opportunities to help.
Otherwise email us your queries on
Our meetings are held in the staffroom, 5:30pm, generally on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Parents and Whanau are welcome to come along to our meetings anytime. Meeting dates, news and events are printed in the weekly school newsletter.
We’re always looking for new faces, and we love working with fresh new ideas. We want Woodleigh to be the best at raising funds in creative ways, so if you’re keen to join we’d love to meet you.
• Play an active role in the school community
• Meet new people
• Have fun as part of a team
• Hear what’s going on at school and BOT meetings
• Learn event planning skills
• Feel great that you’re helping to provide learning resources for your kids!
Thank you to all who have contributed and supported us, as without you, we couldn’t have achieved all that we have.