The school started in the mid 1950’s with
about a dozen pupils. It was government run and was housed in a succession of
buildings in central Honiara. The NPF Plaza now stands on the original site. By
the early 1970’s the need for a new school was recognised and in the latter half
of the 1970’s a new Woodford School Project was included in the Solomon Islands
National Development Plan.
This project recognised “that a primary education system offering a
curriculum meeting international standards is a critical
infrastructure requirement necessary to support Solomon Islands’
objectives of attracting investment and technical expertise. In
1979, one year after the Solomon Islands achieved independence from
Great Britain, Woodford School moved to new school buildings that
had been designed and built with British aid.
A year later, a Board of Management was legally instituted to assume
administration of the school, and in September 1989, the school’s
name was changed to Honiara International School. Later the name was
finalised and is now known as Woodford International School.
The name Woodford being taken from Sir Charles Woodford (1852-1927)
a British naturalist who was an instrumental figure in the Solomon
Islands prior to independence and its first British governor serving
in office from 1896-1915.
Woodford International School became an authorised IB World School
in 2010 offering the Primary Years Programme PYP). IB World Schools
share a common philosophy — commitment to a high quality,
challenging, international education. Woodford believes the PYP
accurately reflects and supports our overall mission providing a
suitable structure and the necessary rigour to enhance the
realisation of the goals and aspirations we hold for all our
In 2013 Woodford International School introduced the International
General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) to its Year 9 –
11 students. IGCSE is administered by Cambridge International
Examinations and for the first time our secondary students will have
the opportunity to undertake a rigorous and internationally
recognised programme of study.
Woodford International School opened its doors to its first cohort
of Year 11 students in 2013.