The Woodlands Academy
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Primary & Secondary
Special school
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Pupil/Teacher ratio
Persistent Absence
Pupils first language
not English
Free school meals
Woodlands Drive
YO12 6QN

School Description

Pupils enjoy coming to school and feel safe here. The school is calm and friendly. Staff help pupils to understand the importance of being kind to each other. Bullying is not tolerated in any way. Staff work well together to make sure that pupils are supported to manage their emotions and behaviour. Pupils trust staff and are proud to be a member of the school. Pupils learn quickly how to behave well and told inspectors how, since starting at Woodlands Academy, they now feel part of a school and enjoy learning. Pupils learn the skills they need in mathematics and personal development. In some other subjects, staff have not planned carefully enough what pupils need to learn. They do not always expect enough of pupils. Parents speak highly of the school and describe how their child has changed since starting at Woodlands. One parent commented, ‘The school has turned my child’s life around and given them opportunities to thrive.’ What does the school do well and what does it need to do better? Leaders know that the school requires improvement. They know what needs to be done and are starting to make the necessary changes. The headteacher and governors have a clear vision for the quality of education, but have not yet had time to make all the changes needed. Leaders are introducing new plans for what pupils should learn in each subject and when they should learn it. These are developed well in subject like mathematics, personal development and food technology, but are not as well developed in English and other subject areas. Mathematics lessons are engaging and give pupils the confidence to succeed in mathematics and to apply their learning to real-life situations. For example, older pupils were comparing prices between supermarkets when planning a menu for a café. The curriculum plans for English are not as clear or coherently sequenced. At individual teacher level there is effective planning for individual outcomes. However, these plans are not yet linked to a whole-school journey through English. Pupils’ workbooks show that they acquire skills over time and are more confident in their functional literacy as a result. However, it is not clear from teachers’ assessment whether pupils are learning as much as they could and gaining the best outcome to support future learning and independence. Leaders are aware of this and have purchased a new reading scheme and organised staff training to ensure that pupils make the best progress they can. Inspection report: The Woodlands Academy 29–30 January 2020 2 The food curriculum is well thought out. Pupils learn about health and safety, different preparation techniques and work with independence to create different dishes. Pupils achieve to diploma level in this subject, preparing them well for further education and employment. The PSHE curriculum is rich and well organised. It helps to inform pupils about the world they live in and how to keep themselves safe and happy. Pupils are given a range of community-facing activities which help them develop independence and social skills. Independent careers advice is available to pupils. Pupils speak warmly of this advice and are able to speak confidently about future career paths. Only a small number of pupils currently have the chance to undertake work experience. Leaders are planning on widening this offer to more pupils. Staff have strong, trusting relationships with pupils and want pupils to succeed in all aspects of school life. However, not all teaching is as strong as it could be. In some lessons teachers do not challenge pupils to work on tasks as long as they are able to and allow pupils to move on to unstructured activities too quickly. Learning slows at these times. The early years curriculum is based on the early years framework, along with specialist teaching approaches. Staff take time and care to get to know the children and how best to support them. They start from the child’s interest and, over time, build up the child’s communication, interaction, early literacy and numeracy skills. The team works closely with parents to ensure that parents have the right tools to support their child at home. This ensures that children get off to a good start in their education. Leaders are investing in improving the environment. This is because they recognise that the outdoor space and some classroom spaces are not as exciting as they should be for younger children. Staff told inspectors that leaders listen to them and think about their workload when making decisions.

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