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This is an outstanding school Leaders, governors and all staff work tirelessly to provide high-quality learning experiences for all pupils. There is a culture of excellence throughout the school. All pupils make sustained and substantial progress from their starting points.
Year 11 pupils achieve well and move successfully on to their next educational setting. The school prepares pupils extremely well for an independent life. Leaders are meticulous in implementing the school's priorities for continuous improvement.
Staff, pupils and parents contribute to development plans, ensuring that the drive for excellence is everybody's business. Staff are highly motivat...ed and value the professional development they receive to deliver outstanding teaching. They work collaboratively to share best practice.
They are encouraged to take risks so that pupils benefit from rich learning experiences. The school is outward-looking and shares best practice with a number of teacher training universities. The school is regarded, by these universities, as an example of outstanding practice in the education of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).
The quality of teaching and learning is outstanding. This is because teachers' subject knowledge is strong and they plan lessons that are highly personalised to the needs of every pupil. Leaders and all staff regularly review detailed assessments of each pupil's abilities and barriers to learning to ensure that no pupil falls behind.
Steps have been taken to bring the medical needs unit assessment procedures in line with the main school. Leaders recognise there is more work to do with this. The curriculum offer is impressive, providing a wide range of academic, vocational and therapeutic learning opportunities.
Specialist staff and external agencies work highly effectively with teachers to enrich pupils' experiences. Pupils love their time at school and rarely miss a day. Attendance is above the national average for similar schools.
Leaders work effectively with other agencies to support the few pupils who are unable to attend well. Safeguarding is effective.
Information about this school
Woodlane High is a community special school, serving pupils with education, health and care plans in west London.
Pupils have a complex range of special educational needs and disabilities, including speech, language and communication needs, autism and specific learning difficulties. Some pupils have medical and/or physical disabilities. There is a medical needs unit on the same site.
More than half of the pupils come from disadvantaged backgrounds. More than one third of pupils speak English as an additional language. Girls make up one third of the school's population.
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