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Woodstock School is a Community of Learners


Students and staff grow together as they experience our unique location and the diverse cultures and gifts of our community. Teaching and learning at Woodstock encourages an attitude of open enquiry which lasts a lifetime.


Woodstock’s capital ‘C’ curriculum is broadly defined, including academics, enrichment, and residential life. It is our educational philosophy that those students who participate fully in holistic learning are best prepared to live meaningful, successful lives, and are equipped to make significant contributions to the world around them.


In keeping with this approach, our learning outcomes for the whole community are broad and challenging.


Woodstock School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School*, offering an inquiry- and standards-based approach in the Early Years, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Grades 6-10, and Diploma Pathways including the IB Diploma Programme (DP) in Grades 11 and 12.


The Woodstock Class of 2021 will be the first cohort of students to graduate with both Woodstock’s American High School Diploma and the International Baccalaureate Diploma.


*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

Academic departments

  • Andrew Plonka, Head of English

    With a 20-year career in schools in the USA, the UK, and South Korea, and as a former journalist, Andrew Plonka brings considerable expertise to this role. From 2008 to 2012, he taught English at Woodstock and was also Head of Senior School for a time. He returned to Woodstock in 2016 and became Head of English in 2017. He has taught DP, MYP, and AP English.


The English curriculum provides a sequenced plan of study for Grades 6-12. The faculty systematically builds students’ skills in reading comprehension, writing, grammar, speaking, listening and critical thinking. Each year includes study of Indian literature and Shakespeare. Completion of the Woodstock English programme builds oral and written communication skills, as well as the analytical skills necessary for university work.

Language Acquisition
  • Brigitte Concessio, Head of Languages

    Brigitte is passionate about teaching French and has 24 years of experience in IB DP, MYP, and ICSE too. She previously taught in Scottish High International School and The Shri Ram School, Gurgaon. She became the Head of the Language Acquisition Department after just two years with Woodstock. Brigitte is also an intrepid adventurer and has an intense love for the outdoors.

  • John Robertson, Head of EAL and Home Language Coordinator

    Raised in Canada, John has taught English as a Second Language for 11 years, working in places including China, England, Tibet and Nepal. He believes maintenance of students’ first languages are central to a secure identity, cognitive development and second-language acquisition, and that a second language should not be a replacement for the first.

Modern Language Acquisition

The Woodstock curriculum requires students to learn Hindi from KG to Grade 5, after which they will take part in a language carrousel which will allow them to try out all three of the languages we offer through the IB MYP and DP – French, Spanish and Hindi – so that they can make a choice in Grade 7. Classes are generally taught by native speakers. Emphasis is placed on developing the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through the most real-life situations possible using role-play, discussions, listening to and reading authentic documents, and the exchange of ideas. Classes require active participation from each student.


English Language Acquisition

Woodstock welcomes students from around the world. This cultural and linguistic diversity provides unique opportunities for all the students at the school. In particular, the ELA Programme has been designed to help students who have English as a second or additional language to access a Woodstock education. Our aim is to help students develop English skills that will allow them to be successful in their academic work and confident in everyday communication. Find out more about our ELA Programme here.


Home Language Programme

At Woodstock, students are actively encouraged to maintain and develop their home language, alongside English. Research shows that in doing so, students develop not only their first language but deepen their potential in subsequent languages. To this end, we offer taught Hindi Literature and Korean Literature, as well as school-supported self-taught programmes in languages including Thai, Dzongkha, Russian, Arabic, Somali, Swahili and Dari.

Mathematics, Sciences, Design and Computer Science
  • TARUN SETH, Head of Mathematics

    Tarun Seth returned to Woodstock as Head of Math in 2017. He has more than 19 years' teaching experience, including 14 years at the Scinida School, Madhya Pradesh, and two years at Woodstock. A former Fullbright Scholar, Round Square project leader and expeditioner, Mr Seth’s wide ranging accomplishments are a perfect fit with Woodstock’s holistic educational philosophy.

  • Scott Britton, Head of Science

    Scott joined Woodstock in 2018 and become Head of Science in 2021. His academic background spans Religious Studies, Secondary Science Education, Sustainable Systems, and Sustainable Agricultural Development, which have provided a path for him to pursue the intersection of belief, ethics, and science in his personal and family life, as well as his teaching.

  • Nidhi Shekhawat, Head of Design

    Nidhi joined Woodstock as Middle and Early Years design teacher in 2019, and became Head of Design in July 2020.


At Woodstock we believe that the study of Mathematics is an integral part of education, relevant to all students, and possessing the potential to enrich any endeavour. Woodstock teachers use technology and innovative practices in a rigorous curriculum to equip students for success in their studies. Woodstock students learn critical-thinking skills and explore the merits and limitations of technology in Mathematics, employing graphing calculators and computers in certain explorations. Advanced high-school classes require the use of a graphing calculator.



Science is at the core of education policy worldwide; the skills of knowledge acquisition, understanding, problem-solving and data-handling that it imparts are recognised in all areas outside the purely scientific as valuable and worthwhile. Science provides the theoretical framework that technologists use – and have used – to drive the information revolution that we are still experiencing and that has built the foundations of all modern engineering, medicine and agriculture. It is widely recognised that the world needs more and better-trained scientists, and this is what we strive to develop in the Woodstock Science faculty. Our teaching combines aspects of the traditional expository style with practical experimentation, co-operative learning and student-centred approaches.


Design and Computer Science

Design technology aims to develop internationally-minded people whose enhanced understanding of design and the technological world can facilitate our shared guardianship of the planet and create a better world. Using the design cycle methodology, it aims to develop students’ skill in analysis, design development, synthesis and evaluation. Students learn the inquiry and analysis of problems, how to develop ideas, create feasible solutions, and test and evaluate their success. Whether using cutting-edge technology, including 3D printing, laser-cutting and robotics, or time-honoured techniques, students develop practical and design thinking skills that can be used to develop solutions to problems encountered in all aspects of life.

Physical Education and Health Sciences
  • Steve Luukkonen, Head of PE and Health

    'Movement, fun, and body knowledge are words that describe my classes.' Steve inspires his PE students to find that same passion for a physically active lifestyle that he follows. 'When I'm not inside the classroom, I try to be outdoors; I enjoy hiking, biking and running.'


Physical Education and Health

The outdoor environment and Himalayan setting of Woodstock School ensure that the students constantly remain active and fit. Nevertheless, the school’s Department of Physical Education (PE) has been designed to offer opportunities to students of all levels to participate in sports and fitness. Physical Education and Health Sciences use sports as the principal medium to help develop the self-esteem of each student. Other aims are to prepare students to be responsible for their continued physical fitness and to develop skills that will be valuable in the positive use of leisure time. The PE programme centres around Woodstock’s impressive sports facility, the Win Mumby Gymnasium, which was opened in September 2009, since when it has become an integral part of the daily life of Woodstock students and staff.

Individuals and Societies
  • Sudha Rakesh, Head of Individuals and Society

    Sudha joined Woodstock in 2020. She has more than 15 years' teaching experience and an in-depth understanding of IB, having taught PYP, MYP and DP in Hong Kong and India. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Accountancy and a Diploma in teacher training from Cambridge. She is also an IB examiner for DP Economics and the Extended Essay.

Individuals and Societies

Through facilitating the study of geography and global issues, history, politics, psychology and economics, the Social Studies Department helps students understand personal, national and international issues with the intent of producing competent, reflective and responsible global citizens. To enhance the interest of the students in the various subjects, a variety of teaching methods are used, incorporating technology, research papers, investigative projects, essays, debates, field trips, tests, quizzes and lecture-discussions. The involvement of Grade 7 in the Model United Nations (MUN) along with Grades 9-12 is a special feature of the Social Studies syllabus.

Visual and Performing Arts
  • Louis Bernard, Head of Drama and Film Studies

    Born in Kanyakumari and raised in Bangalore, Louis is a Teacher and Choreographer by profession. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Media Studies, from Christ University. He has experience working with IB, Ontario and Indian Curriculums. He is also a photographer and a designer, working on digital design and video creations and productions.

  • Nandakumar, Head of Art

    Nandakumar has a master’s degree in sculpture and has been teaching art to different age groups for the last 20 years. He has taught both Indian and international curriculum and prepared students for universities. Nandakumar is a lifelong practitioner of art and installation and mixed media sculptures are his preferred medium.

  • Ravi Arthur, Head of Music

    Ravi Arthur hails from Bengaluru. Before joining Woodstock in July 1990, he taught music, performed at concerts and did studio recordings, and composed for audio-visuals and commercials.


Students at Woodstock have the option to explore drama both as an academic discipline and as an extracurricular activity. In academic classes, students practice the skills necessary for creating and performing theatre across cultures, styles and time periods. They exercise creative and critical thinking and reflect on their growth as artists. After school, Woodstock puts up one major theatre production each semester, ranging from Broadway-style musicals to improv competitions to original student-written plays. In addition to performing, students take on roles such as stage managers, designers, musicians, and even directors. Woodstock staff members also have been known to mount their own musical theatre productions—always to great critical acclaim!



Whether you’re pursuing a career as a professional artist, architect, graphic designer or any other art-related profession, or simply looking to broaden your appreciation of art, the Art Programme at Woodstock has something for everyone. The Senior School Art classroom enjoys one of the best locations on the Woodstock campus, with views thousands of feet down to the Doon valley below; it’s an easy place to be inspired. Diverse entry-level courses establish a broad base of knowledge, building towards our Junior and Senior Studio classes that prepare our students for the finest Art and Design schools in the world. Throughout the semester, students are exposed to art shows, field trips, guest lecturers, and artists-in-residence.



Woodstock is renowned for the strength and depth of its Music Programme. Woodstock students have many opportunities to learn and grow in their musicianship through our classroom music courses, performance ensembles and private instruction. The Advanced Band, Advanced Orchestra and Senior School Choir are the three cores around which the Music Department revolves. Out of these ensembles radiate the other ensembles, including four levels of string ensemble, three levels of band, three choirs of progressive levels, jazz band, jazz combos and chamber groups. Private lessons and the ABRSM examination programme [External Link] feed the quality of the ensembles by preparing strong musicians. Frequent recitals encourage performance from an early stage of expertise. Expert individual instruction is available for piano, strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, voice, classical guitar and Indian classical instruments. Visiting performers often hold master classes within many of these disciplines throughout the school year.