Woodlands Secondary School

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Local Offer


The Woodlands School Local Offer


Woodlands is a secondary special school that caters for pupils from 11 – 18. 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 240 pupils aged 11-18 years for the school year commencing 1 September 2018.



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.


Entrance Criteria

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
  • An EHC Plan naming Woodlands and describing primary learning needs within the severe and complex learning disabilities range
  • The potential to achieve academic recognition within the range Level P1 to NC Level 2/3 during their secondary school career
  •  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 SOLAR 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, parent’s evenings to discusprogress, 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 Psychologiststhe Visual and Hearing Impairment team.


The school offers extensive therapeutic support including music, play, art and speech and language therapy to individual pupils and small groups according to need.


The school has a therapeutic provision - The Loft (Learning Opportunities for Teenagers) to support students struggling with adolescence. This is available to any student or young person from within the school who needs additional therapeutic support at any point in their time at Woodlands. Students will not be admitted directly into this provision but will be assessed as to their suitability to join an appropriate class within the main school.


Staff Training

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 are well prepared and informed about the choices available Post 16. The school has an annual Transition Fair in the Autumn where Post 18 providers can meet with parents to discuss the options available.


Pupils are given a range of opportunities in KS4 and Post 16 at local colleges thelp 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. The runs a comprehensive careers programme from Year 7 to help students make appropriate choices post school. this includes work related learning opportunities and work experience.