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Head's Statement

Woodlane High School is a strong special school with an Ofsted rating of 'Outstanding'  in all categories. The school is heavily requested and highly regarded within the community.  We have an extremely committed and skilled team who ensure the pupils are at the heart of everything we do! 

In May 2019 we received a glowing Section 5 full Ofsted inspection, here are just some of the selected highlights from our inspection:

  • "There is a culture of excellence throughout the school."
  • "The local authority views the school's safeguarding practices as exemplary."
  • "Leaders are relentless in their drive for continuous self-improvement."
  • "The curriculum offer is impressive, providing a range of academic, vocational and therapeutic learning opportunities."
  • "The behaviour of pupils is outstanding.  Pupils respond enthusiastically to the school's positive behaviour system, which rewards them for being good role models."
  • "All pupils make sustained and substantial progress from their starting point."

Our school improvement plan is comprehensive and its aim is to tackle small areas for improvement so they do not grow into larger ones.  Our philosophy is that we are always learning and will never stop improving, aiming to be even better than ‘outstanding’!

At Woodlane we provide a high quality, nurturing educational experience for pupils with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) from across West London. Our pupils access a range of qualifications including GCSE, BTEC, ASDAN, Entry and National levels. Our core 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 and Disabilities (SEND) 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 disabilities 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 learning 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, NPQH
Headteacher