At Woodlands we believe that learning is a life-long journey and we aim to inspire and support our children and young people to achieve their full potential. Our curriculum offer is tailored to the individual needs of the young person. Our broad and balanced curriculum focuses on functional learning and incorporates life-skills to support and promote independence. Woodlands School provides a vibrant, fun and inclusive educational and therapeutic community where all members, students, their families and staff, are continuously learning together.
We believe that children and young people learn best when they are happy and emotional well-being has a high priority. Woodlands prides itself on the therapeutic support it provides for young people struggling with adolescence. This includes Play, Art and Music Therapy, Forest School, School Counsellors and a therapeutic base where pupils have one to one and group support.
At Woodlands we keep the young person at the centre of everything we do, working closely with parents, professionals and other stakeholders to ensure that every opportunity is maximised. The school has an outreach service for students and colleagues in other Luton schools providing training and school based placements.
At Woodlands we aim to:
- Provide a curriculum that meets the needs of the individual student and helps prepare them for their life both in school and in the wider community.
- Ensure that learning is functional and is focused on developing skills which will support transition to adulthood
- Create a learning environment that encourages students and staff to strive to be the best they can be.
- Promote functional communication skills including alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) skills
- Encourage independence
- Meet students’ physical, sensory, medical and therapeutic needs in collaboration with other professionals
- Focus on individual well-being by providing therapeutic opportunities to support the development of confidence and self-esteem
- Work closely and in collaboration with parents and carers, the Local Authority, professionals and other stakeholders
- Ensure a successful and positive transition to post school provision through liaison with the Transition Team and by providing parent training and support.
We promote British Values by:
- delivering a curriculum which is fun and challenging at every level
- creating a school and service ethos firmly based on mutual trust, respect, empathy and understanding
- encouraging caring and thoughtful attitudes
- providing an environment where students feel safe in order to thrive and learn
- developing work related learning opportunities (where appropriate) through the school café, tuck shop, work experience and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
- creating an environment of high expectations and positive attitudes
- encouraging pupil voice by working with the School Council to implement suggestions and ideas
- nurturing confidence, promoting independence and empowering our students to make good decisions and choices
- embracing diversity and celebrating difference