School history and 25th anniversary
Woodland Grange opened for the first time in August 1991. It is situated on the Grange Farm housing development just off the A6 in Oadby. The school was originally built for 240 children in the 4 – 10 age-range. We now have nearly 500 on role (including 3-year-olds in our own preschool which opened in 2015).
The school is set in pleasant and spacious grounds. We have a large school field and the school boundary is marked by a wooded area. Outdoor learning is something that is very important at Woodland Grange, and we make the most of our surroundings.
The main building has been added to and extended over the years. It comprises classrooms, a computer suite, medical and reprographics room, and the school office. The ‘new’ building which opened in 2001 comprises three classrooms of semi-open plan design, a combined library and music studio. Our 'new' hall, which opened in 2003 is in a freestanding complex at the back of the school which also accommodates the school kitchen, P.E. store and cloakroom facilities.
In 2015, we opened our preschool. It consists of a separate classroom area including kitchen and outdoor space. Another more recent addition to the school building was the 'Barnes building' which opened in 2017. A wooden building consisting of 2 classrooms with cloakroom and toilets. It was named after our Beverley Barnes who was our Chair of Governors from 1991 when the school was first opened. More recently another teaching base with 2 classrooms, cloakroom, toilets and an additional workspace was added. In 2022/23 a further building for 2 more classrooms (to replace the existing double mobile) is being constructed. Our thanks go to the Trust for supporting us with this work.
1991 - 2016
We are delighted to be celebrating our 25th Anniversary. We have lots of exciting things planned to celebrate this special birthday. Please send any photographs or memories using the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. There is even a Facebook page! Many thanks to the past staff members and pupils who have set it up and contributed to it so far, it really is fantastic to hear about your memories of our school.
We enjoyed working with Sinfonia Viva on a special music project. The children wrote, performed and recorded their own school song '25 years ago'. It was brilliant! We have also updated our large mural in the hall. The children worked with a local artist to create a torn paper masterpiece using the theme of local wildlife. We even had a special, commemorative coin created which each child took home as part of the commemoration.
Click on the link to read about the beginnings of our school (thanks to Miss Butcher)