Welcome From The Head of Early And Middle Years, Andrew Crider
Andy Crider first came to Woodstock with his parents in 1979 and graduated from the school in 1993. He has a Bachelor’s degree in History, along with Certification in Education (Social Studies), from Messiah College in Pennsylvania, USA.
The Middle Years Programme has about 120 students in Grades 6-8.
During these years, students move from the multidisciplinary classrooms of the Early Years and begin to focus on individual subjects taught by specialist teachers.
We believe that the programme in the Middle Years should addresses all facets of student growth, and in doing so provides the foundations for students to successfully mature into lifelong learners. As such, our approach includes carefully designed learning experiences that extend well beyond the purely academic sphere; to development in our students a profound sense of self, healthy interpersonal relationships, a deep sense of global citizenship, and the skills to survive and thrive in today’s world.
Woodstock School is a candidate for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), which from July 2017 has formed the curriculum for Grades 6-8. The MYP Programme Curriculum covers a wide range of subject areas, from language and literature and mathematics, to design and science. Click here to find out more about the MYP Programme Curriculum, including an overview of each subject and detailed assessment criteria for Years 1-3.
Middle Years is also a key period during which students develop their personal identity. Our Middle Years educators demonstrate a deep commitment to the social and emotional well-being of the young people in their care. Our Head of Middle Years takes the lead in pastoral care, monitoring individual progress and supporting student development. Alongside this students are supported by a group of Advisors – faculty members responsible for groups of eight to twelve students. Apart from regular weekly meetings, Advisor Groups get together socially once or twice a semester in order to help foster positive relationships between students and staff.