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The Woodlands School Local Offer


Woodlands is a secondary special school that caters for students 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 students 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 LA and others in accordance with the requirements of the law, the Governing Body has set its planned admission number of 260 students aged 11-18 years.



For a student to be allocated a place by the LA at Woodlands they need to have an 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 local authority Provision Panel.
  • 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 Entry Level 1/2 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.



Student progress is recorded using SOLAR.  Students with PMLD are assessed using Routes for Learning. Those with SLD are assessed using Looking at Learning and for some, OCR accreditation. The Pathways department assess learning using Pathways criteria linker to the WISERR curriculum.


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 Department Leaders. At all times we strive to involve parents in the education of their child and there is daily contact through the home/school email, parents' 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, CAMHs, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologiststhe Visual and Hearing Impairment team.


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


The school has 3 therapeutic provisions  to support students struggling with puberty and adolescence. These are 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.

The school prides itself on the therapeutic provision available to the children and young people. We provide music therapy, art therapy, counselling for students and parents and sensory integration therapy. This is allocated through an internal referral process and is needs driven. Hydrotherapy and Rebound therapy are part of the curriculum offer for students who require it.


Staff Training

All the staff undertake a rigorous induction programme including Safeguarding, Team Teach and Moving and 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 parents and students are well prepared and informed about the choices available to them when they leave school. 


Pupils are given a range of opportunities in the Post 16 department to participate in learning at local colleges (where appropriate) thelp them make informed choices about their future.  The school 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.