Student reaction to the Vietnam War was a nationwide phenomenon, and Columbia provided no exception to the pattern. A Student Peace Group was organized at Columbia in 1968, and over 300 students actively participated. Members wore black armbands on April 26 of that year, and a community rally was held the next day with faculty members present. On March 17, 1969, 43 Columbia students were suspended for distributing leaflets in school. The American Civil Liberties Union agreed to defend the students, but the issue later became moot when, over a period of time, the students were reinstated.
As a fully comprehensive school, we are very much the school of choice for students in Coulsdon, Woodcote and Purley and we are regularly up to five times oversubscribed. We enjoy the confidence of parents because we are a continually improving school with results way above the national average, and are in the top 10% of schools in England for student progress. Students feel safe and happy at Woodcote and the school is a community resource used by many community organisations . Our Fitness Suite is open to members of the public. We hope you find this site to be a useful source of information. We are committed to improving communication and keeping parents fully informed of the things going on at Woodcote through this site, alongside our regular Twitter messages and email newsletters.