The Woodlands School Local Offer
Woodlands is a secondary special school that caters for pupils from 11 – 19. We support students with a range of special needs that include Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD), Severe learning Difficulties (SLD) and pupils with ASD and complex needs.
Woodlands is situated in the North of Luton and is maintained by Luton Local Education Authority (LEA). The Governing Body of the school is responsible for determining and administering the policy relating to the admission of pupils to the school. The Governing Body is guided in that responsibility by the requirements of the law, their understanding of the school’s purpose and consultation with the Head Teacher and Local Education Authority representatives.
Having consulted the LEA and others in accordance with the requirements of the law, the Governing Body has set its planned admission number of 150 pupils aged
11-19 years for the school year commencing 1 September 2014.
For a pupil to be allocated a place by the LA at Woodlands they need to have a
Statement of Special Educational Need/Education, Health and Social Care Plan.
The criteria below reflect the primary duty of our school to provide for children with severe and complex learning disabilities, within the local and national inclusive education agenda. All children admitted to the school will:
have been offered a place following full consultation with the parents, children and the subsequent recommendation of the Statutory Placement and Assessment Group
have a Statement/EHC Plan naming Woodlands and describing primary learning needs within the severe and complex learning disabilities range
have the potential to achieve academic recognition within the range Level P1 to NC Level 2/3 during their secondary school career
have a need for continuous access to highly differentiated learning resources and environments, and small class groups to enable purposeful learning and progression to take place.
Pupil progress is measured using B Squared and Life Skills checklists linked into the statements of attainment.
Supporting and working with parents
At Woodlands we work in partnership with parents and concerns can be discussed with the Family Workers, the Class Teacher and staff and the Key Stage Leaders. At all times we strive to involve parents in the education of their child and there is daily contact through the home/school book, termly parent’s evenings to discuss
progress, an Annual Review and End of Year reports.
Additional support provided in school
The school works closely with health care professionals and external agencies including School Nurses, Speech and Language Therapists, CAMH, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Music Therapists, Active Luton, the Visual and Hearing Impairment team.
The school has a Therapeutic Behaviour Specialist who works with individual pupils and small groups according to need.
All the staff under take a rigorous induction programme including Safeguarding, Team Teach and Manual Handling Training. The school has an on-going training programme to ensure the needs of all students are fully met and that the school keeps pace with emerging technologies.
The school works closely with the transition team from the LA to ensure that the parents and students and well prepared and informed about the choices available Post 16. The Statement of Educational Need will be gradually converted into an Education, Health and Social Care Plan at key transition points in Years 9, 11 and
Pupils are given a range of opportunities in KS4 and Post 16 at local colleges to help them make informed choices (where appropriate) about their future. The school will use an advocate to talk to pupils about their aspirations for the future where appropriate.