Woodchurch High School

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Woodchurch High School
Type Academy
Headteacher Ms R. Phillips
Location Carr Bridge Road
CH49 7NG
England England
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Coordinates: 53°22′41″N 3°04′52″W / 53.378°N 3.081°W / 53.378; -3.081
DfE URN 138853 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,290 (2009)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Website Woodchurch High School

Woodchurch High School is a non-selective co-educational secondary school with academy status for 11- to 16-year-olds. It is located at Woodchurch, on the Wirral Peninsula, England. The school holds Specialist Engineering College status, and has facilities for students with physical and learning disabilities.

As part of the British government’s 'Building Schools for the Future' programme, plans for a new £23 million environmentally state-of-the-art school building were announced in November 2006.[1] The new facility was officially opened in September 2010.

In 2008 the school was the subject of the BBC Two television documentary Rocket Science in which physics teacher Andy Smith tried to get a group of eighteen Year 8 pupils interested in science by using alternative teaching methods. Mr. Smith had already taught at the school for ten years before when he was approached to participate in the programme. In addition to the lessons, pupils made field trips to copper mines in the United States and fireworks factories in China. For the series finale, the students designed, built and lit the fireworks for the closing ceremony of Liverpool's period as European Capital of Culture for 2008.[2][3]


  1. ^ Green School to Replace Woodchurch High, Birkenhead News / Woodchurch High School, retrieved 1 August 2009 
  2. ^ Hughes, Lorna (6 March 2009), Woodchurch school pupils show off TV firework skills, Liverpool Echo, retrieved 16 March 2009 
  3. ^ BBC2's Rocket Science promises fireworks, Broadcastnow, 11 February 2009, retrieved 16 March 2009