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Dear Parents and Carers

At Woodlane High School all governors and staff know that the well-being of all our pupils is paramount.

Over the many years that I have served as a governor I have watched generations of pupils develop, as a result of their time at Woodlane, the skills and, most importantly, the confidence that allows them to go out into the world with an education and a belief in themselves and succeed in their work, training or further education. 

Crucial to the future of our pupils is the leadership of the school. We have an ambitious management team led by Headteacher Claire Maynard.  Claire and her team have worked at Woodlane for many years and have a deep understanding of the needs of the pupils.

Everybody at the School is working together to improve the achievements of every pupil and encourage opportunity through regular attendance.  The staff and management have available an Educational Psychologist together with an Occupational and a Speech and Language Therapist. 

I am very pleased to say that when the school was inspected by Ofsted in May 2019 Woodlane High School was rated by Ofsted as "Outstanding" in every category.  If you have not already done so, please take a moment to read the inspection report by clicking here.  It describes how Woodlane is "providing a high-quality learning experience for all pupils", how pupils "love their school", are "confident, self-assured learners" and "are prepared exceptionally well for the next stage of their education or training".

I am very proud of what Woodlane is achieving every day for pupils and their parents and carers. I cannot do better than quote what Ofsted has said.  All staff are "highly motivated and feel proud to work at the school" and "work collaboratively and creatively". In particular, the teaching staff "demonstrate deep knowledge of their subject" are "encouraging" and "behaviour of pupils is outstanding". They are all outstanding.  Governors are rated "highly skilled, knowledgeable and committed". The management team are "ambitious for all pupils to achieve well" and are "relentless in their drive for continuous self-improvement". They are all outstanding.

I believe that we received this excellent judgement from Ofsted because we all, together with you all, have a passionate commitment to the well-being and achievement of all the pupils at Woodlane High School and together we are providing Woodlane pupils with an Outstanding education.

If you are interested in becoming a governor at Woodlane High School, please contact Brigid Simmons.

Guy Vincent
Chair of Governors