Woodlands School

Name Woodlands School
Website http://www.woodlands.plymouth.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 December 2013
Address Woodview Learning Community, Picklecombe Drive, Off Tamerton Foliot Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL6 5ES
Phone Number 01752300101
Type Special
Age Range 2-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Plymouth
Percentage Free School Meals 21.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Woodlands School is part of the federation, Wood View Learning Community. There is a secondary school, primary school and children’s centre on the same site. The Wood View short break service, within the school building, provides residential and flexible respite care for some of the pupils and is subject to a separate inspection. The governing body is of the whole federation, but was reorganised in December 2012 and devolved some of its decision-making powers to management committees for the individual schools. Almost all pupils have a statement of special educational needs for physical, sensory and/or complex medical needs. Those without a statement are undergoing statutory assessment. The proportion of pupils known to eligible for the pupil premium is average. A very small proportion are eligible for Year 7 catch up premium. The proportion of pupils entering and leaving the school at times other than would normally be expected is well above average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Being ready and enabled to learn is highly evident at this school as the pupils arrive and eagerly move to their classrooms. There is an excellent ethos of mutual respect and inclusivity that characterise the relationships throughout the school at every level. This, combined with the enthusiasm of the pupils, contributes strongly to the outstanding behaviour. Pupils achieve well and make good progress, especially in all aspects of communication, throughout the school. Equality of opportunity is a fundamental aspect of this school, making things possible for all, as pupils report. The sixth form is good and all pupils move onto further education or training. Teaching is creative and imaginative. The strong class teaching teams, ably led by the teachers, make sure that the small steps of progress are checked carefully in almost all lessons. The senior leadership team has made sure that teaching has improved since the previous inspection. The leadership has been successfully reorganised to ensure that good progress is maintained in all parts of the school. Pupils participate in a wide range of sporting and cultural activities giving them good opportunities to use their developing physical, communication and social skills well. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Not all teaching checks the steps of progress carefully enough across a wide range of skills. The governing body’s management committee for the school does not yet regularly check the school’s performance at first hand so that it can fully hold it to account.