Woodfield School

Name Woodfield School
Website http://www.woodfield.herts.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 28 November 2017
Address Malmes Croft, Leverstock Green, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 8RL
Phone Number 01442253476
Type Special
Age Range 3-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Hertfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 20.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. Woodfield School provides for pupils who have severe learning difficulties. Many have additional complex needs, including autistic spectrum disorders, epilepsy or physical and sensory impairments. Many also need regular medical intervention. The school is located on the edge of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Pupils come from the Dacorum and Watford areas, although some pupils travel from further away. There are 90 pupils on roll, aged 3 to 19 years. All pupils have an education, health and care plan. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is above the national average. There are twice as many boys as there are girls and very few are in local authority care. The majority of pupils are of White British background. Pupils also come from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The school uses off-site alternative provision at West Herts College Dacorum campus for small groups of key stage 4 and post-16 students. Lamerwood Outdoor Learning Centre is used by pupils once a week.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher provides outstanding leadership for the school. She has established an exceptional team of leaders, where everyone’s role is clear. Senior leaders and governors have ensured continuous improvement since the previous inspection. As a result, the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement are outstanding Governors have a thorough and accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for further improvement. The governing body provides leaders with appropriate support to maintain high standards in the school. Pupils make excellent progress from very low starting points because teaching is outstanding. Leaders have accurate, validated methods for recording the small steps of achievement that pupils make. Teachers plan activities which promote maximum progress. The early years provision is outstanding. Children and their families are fully supported on entry to the school. Children immediately start to develop their communication skills. Leaders and the parent support ambassadors work effectively with parents and other providers to ensure that transitions into, during and when leaving school are smooth. Students make outstanding progress in the sixth form. Students are well prepared for moving to college or into employment. There is a calm and purposeful atmosphere in the school where everyone works together to achieve the motto of, ‘Sharing, caring, achieving together.’ Leaders, teachers, therapists and support staff work seamlessly together to promote the welfare of individual pupils. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is exceptional. Pupils experience a broad range of cultural activities embedded in a highly effective, rich, engaging curriculum. Significant importance is placed on removing barriers to learning so that all pupils can make rapid progress from their starting points. Parents speak affectionately about the devotion and care that is provided to their children, to ensure that they flourish and achieve. Woodfield School is a happy place where pupils feel safe, secure, valued and cared for. Leaders are working with other schools to develop better ways to measure pupils’ personal and social development, and recognises that this can be improved.