Woodlane High School is a strong special school with a history of ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ Ofsted inspections. The school is heavily oversubscribed and highly regarded within the community. Following the success of the retiring Headteacher, I am delighted to have been appointed as Woodlane’s new Headteacher. Having worked at Woodlane for seven years, most of that time as a senior leader, I know the school, its pupils and staff extremely well, making me well placed to continue its success. As we strive towards regaining our ‘outstanding’ status I will ensure the pupils remain at the heart of everything we do.
At Woodlane we continue to provide a high quality, nurturing educational experience for pupils with statemented needs from across West London. Our pupils access a range of qualifications including GCSE, ASDAN, Entry and National level. We will also be trialling BTEC qualifications for the first time this academic year. Our aim is for pupils to leave Woodlane with qualifications which reflect the best of their ability and simultaneously increase their level of independence.
Our pupils have a complex range of Special Educational Needs (SEN) often including speech, language and communication needs, higher functioning Autism and specific learning difficulties. Some of our pupils have medical and/or physical difficulties. Woodlane is unique in how we successfully enable and support pupils with a wide variety of special educational needs and abilities in one specialist school. We have a strong emphasis on kindness, tolerance and understanding and teach our pupils to support one another through difficulties and challenges.
We are strongly committed to working in partnership with parents, pupils and a large range of support agencies including, Children's Services, CAMHS, RESPOND, Speech & Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists etc. to ensure pupils’ needs are effectively met.
We expect parents to support our belief in the value of education and to support our demands for high standards of presentation and behaviour. Woodlane in turn provides a calm, caring and work focused environment where pupils are well taught, both academically and pastorally, to ensure they leave Woodlane High School more prepared and confident about making their contribution to the world.
I invite parents, pupils and professionals to offer suggestions on school improvement and welcome ideas and feedback.
Claire Maynard BA (Hons), PGCE, MEd