Welcome to Woodlands School
Woodlands School is a special school for very special children. You will find highly trained, caring staff who will work with you and your child to enable them to reach their maximum potential.
I feel very privileged to be the Head teacher of such an amazing school and part of a community, which is committed wholeheartedly to achieving the best outcomes possible for our children and young people.
I believe that education for our pupils is about preparation for life. I am committed to collaborative working to maximise life chances for our young people with their severe learning difficulties. I believe passionately in promoting the professional development of all our school staff and other professionals across our wider partnerships to enable them to aspire to provide the best education and support that they can for our pupils. I value partnership with parents and invest in support and training opportunities for parents and carers.
In May 2014 Ofsted graded the school as Outstanding and stated:
Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school and very pleased with their children's education.
Pupils benefit from outstanding teaching so that they achieve challenging targets and make excellent progress from their starting points. Teaching typically challenges pupils to find things out for themselves and respond to questions in whatever way they can.
Pupils' behaviour is exceptional in and around the school. Pupils feel safe at school.
Pupils’ achievement has improved and the vast majority now achieve outstandingly well. Their progress in literacy and in numeracy is excellent.
The school provides high levels of personalised training for staff that is closely linked to their own targets for improvement. Regular training for all staff in aspects such as behaviour and safeguarding ensure consistent practice across the school.
We cater for children aged 2–19 with a range of difficulties including severe learning impairment, profound and multiple difficulties and have two dedicated classes for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. All pupils attending Woodlands School have a statement of special educational needs and have a range of academic attainment from P Levels to National Curriculum level 1.
I want children to enjoy their education at Woodlands, so that they engage with learning. Every child at Woodlands comes with unique and often highly complex individual needs.
I believe that with the right interventions and support all young people can overcome barriers to learning and fulfil their potential through personalised learning.
I believe that communication is the key to the world for all our children and for this reason we are now striving hard to become a communication accessible school where all pupils are given the very best opportunity to learn to communicate autonomously. We use a range of communication systems appropriate for the pupils' needs and immerse all pupils in Aided Language Stimulation throughout the school. We are active participants in research in communication development and staff members give and attend regular training on alternative communication methods.
We work collaboratively with a wide range of professional staff to provide an integrated service. We have access to: nursing, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy They have a comprehensive knowledge of each child and work effectively as a team to provide for the needs of each individual. Music therapy is also highly valued and accessed by small groups or individuals following assessment.
I have high expectations of both staff and pupils and believe that everyone achieves their best when they enjoy what they do and feel valued. If you would like to know more about us, please make an appointment to visit via the school office. I look forward to welcoming you to Woodlands School and to showing you around, introducing you to our exceptional staff and pupils, and giving you the opportunity to appreciate our wonderful grounds and facilities.