Woodmanstern Primary

The Woodmansterne Houses

The House System is designed to embody the values and ethos of the school and aims to be an integral part of our school community.

House System Objectives:
Our aim is to provide every pupil in each house with the following:
• a sense of belonging within the school community
• opportunities to develop social, academic, physical and practical skills
• a sense of achievement both inside and outside of the classroom
• fun and excitement through competition
• opportunities for leadership
• an awareness of individual and collective responsibility

House Organisation
Pupils are assigned to one of the four houses (Falconbrook, Graveney, Wandle and Effra) on entrance to Reception; siblings become a member of the same house.
Each house is Ied by our ‘Heads of House’ and each member of staff is also attached to a house.
Each house has two elected Primary and Secondary ‘House Captains’ who will act as representatives for all the pupils in their house throughout the year by: helping co-ordinate house teams, organise activities, assemblies, fundraising events, competitions and representing their house at regular house meetings. 



Mrs Marshall

Our house colour is red– red which symbolises courage, strength and energy - Everything
that we show, feel and are!
The best thing, especially as a newly appointed Head of House, is the welcome that I
received from the Woody family, children and staff! Initially I was a little nervous when I was announced as Head of House in primary and secondary assemblies, but it was only when I noticed children that I'd previously worked with from nursery age that were now sitting in
our secondary assembly and their siblings in primary, cheering and applauding as they
were told I would lead Falconbrook it was actually breath-taking. The best welcome and
encouragement you could ask for!
Our House Captains are children that I've had the pleasure of working with over the years and who I'm confident will bring all the qualities and hardworking Woodmansterne ethos
with them which will support them in their roles.
I am a higher level teaching assistant and have worked at Woodmanstene for over 20
years. It's fantastic how the school has transformed throughout the years and is still such a
great place to work! I presently work with year 5 in the mornings and support children with
speech and language difficulties in the afternoons as well as covering classes as needed. I also run interventions with pupils in primary and support lunchtimes with each year group.
Parents, carers and children will see me with a friendly, welcoming smile at the start and
end of the day .


Ms Johnson

Effra’s house colour is blue, which symbolises wisdom, reality, peace and harmony. It’s also a very cool colour! 

I am so proud to be Head of House for Effra. I often wonder how and why we win so many competitions/titles? I believe we won the sports day competition twice in a row.  Oh yes,
yes, we’re simply the best. Simple!
About me,  I’ve been working in Woody for a very, very long time. I now work in the secondary school. I love it. I am a STA and also the tutor for 9A who are fantastic. I live locally and it’s the school community that puts a smile on my face when I’m out and about. I bump into many students/ families past and present. It’s great to see them and catch up. My ‘quick’ popping to the shops is scoffed at by my family. I’m looking forward be it virtual, to working with staff, students, our super supportive families and our generous wider community. We work so well together. Simple! Stay safe. 


Ms Spence

Our house colour is yellow. This symbolises warmth, sunshine and positivity which is what our house is all about! It is also the colour of the sun which gives everyone so much joy!

I am very honoured to be the new Head of House for Graveney, and I can’t wait to start winning some competitions – Effra have been winning for too long now!

I am a PE teacher at Woody, and teach lessons to both primary and secondary classes. I love teaching PE to the pupils and seeing them progress in my lessons. In secondary school we provide lots of different sports clubs every day after school which I love seeing pupils attend; and this year, we will start fixtures against other schools in the local area. I am also a form tutor for Year 8.

As a PE teacher, I love a bit of friendly competition, and I will be cheering on all the pupils in the house competitions, but especially the Graveney students!!!


Ms Miner

 Welcome to Wandle! We are a house that embodies our Woody values: resilience, respect, co-operation and integrity. Green represents growth - the Growth Mindset of our children, young people and staff that belong to our house family. Within our house, we support our members to be the best they can be, aspiring to greatness. Our oldest pupils are our role models to our youngest, and together we learn from each other and grow.

I have been a Music teacher at Woody for a year now, and my favourite part of my job is giving young people the opportunity to create, express themselves and build confidence in their own abilities. I love to run our extra-curricular Music clubs where children can flourish outside of the classroom and put on performances and concerts for our parents and carers. I feel so lucky and immensely proud to be the head of a house that embodies everything I believe in. Wandle - you'll always be the winners!