Liberty Woodland School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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School Description

This is the school’s first standard inspection. It was registered on 22 August 2019 by the Department for Education (DfE). The proprietor is also the headteacher of the school. Almost all learning takes place in the school’s open outdoor provision. The school is registered to admit up to 56 pupils aged four to 11. At present, there are 27 pupils aged four to nine. The school day starts at 9.00am and ends at 5.00pm. The school is closed to pupils on Fridays. Physical education takes place off-site at a local secondary school. The school’s safeguarding policy is published on the school’s website. It is in line with the government’s latest legislation. Inspection report: Liberty Woodland School 10–12 March 2020 5 Information about this inspection We carried out this inspection under section 109(1) and (2) of the Education and Skills Act 2008. The purpose of the inspection is to advise the Secretary of State for Education about the school’s suitability for continued registration as an independent school. The school meets the independent school standards. These are the requirements set out in the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014. We did deep dives in these subjects: reading, mathematics, personal, social and emotional development and art. We held discussions with senior leaders, subject leaders and teachers. We visited lessons. We talked to pupils about their learning and scrutinised their work. We held meetings with the headteacher and the proprietor. We also considered pupils’ learning in geography and writing. We observed pupils as they moved around the school and in lessons. We met with the designated safeguarding leaders and reviewed documents related to safeguarding. We also met with senior leaders to discuss and review documents relating to behaviour, attendance, early years and SEND. We held telephone conversations with parents to ascertain their views. There were six responses to Ofsted Parent View and five free-texts from parents. We considered the nine responses to Ofsted’s survey for staff. We looked at documentation and toured the setting to check the school’s compliance with the independent school standards.

Liberty Woodland School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

Liberty Woodland School Reviews

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“Forest School is the future!”
My daughter moved up to LWS from Little Forest Folk. She is now in year 2 and loves going to school. Her eyes light up when she mentions project time and free choice play time. My elder two went to school the traditional way and if I could change anything I’d have LWS open earlier so I could have sent them here. Everything I didn’t like about the traditional way of teaching kids is turned on it’s head and re-examined for what it is or isn’t. Where LWS place most value is what we want future adults to grow into. They spend much more time focussing on empathy, teamwork and self awareness. The skills my daughter is learning here will not only give her great foundation’s for life but will enable her to contribute to the wider society in which she will live. Not only that but the foundations for each subject are so solid that they build each new level well. Unlike some schools where phonics are rushed or times tables are just the means to getting a good mark in a test. We love it at LWS and count ourselves very blessed to have the first outdoor school on our doorstep.
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