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Head's Statement

Woodlane High School is a strong special school with a history of 'good' and 'outstanding' Ofsted inspections. The school is heavily over-subscribed 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 2018 we received a glowing Section 8 one day Ofsted inspection, here are just some of the selected highlights from our inspection:

  • [The school is led] with relentless ambition to secure the best possible outcomes for your pupils.
  • Leaders at all levels are highly effective in their roles.
  • High quality learning experiences go hand in hand with the promotion of pupils’ welfare.
  • The care and attention given to pupils’ personal needs underpin their very effective learning.
  • The areas for improvement identified at the time of the last inspection have been met in full.
  • Teachers assess pupils’ progress meticulously to ensure that they learn effectively, using the relevant resources to support their progress.
  • Senior leaders have a clear and accurate understanding of national comparisons and how well the school is doing in relation to other similar schools.
  • Safeguarding records are kept meticulously.

We now eagerly await our full two day Section 5 inspection, which would typically be in one to two years, where we aim to demonstrate that we are ‘outstanding’ overall, in line with our internally and externally scrutinised self-evaluation.  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