Woodlands Academy

Primary & Secondary
Special school
Beechdale Road
3 - 16
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This is a special school for pupils who have moderate learning difficulties; social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders. A small number of pupils have severe learning difficulties. Since September 2015, a growing number of pupils with complex needs including speech, language and communication difficulties and medical issues have joined the school. The school population has increased by 19 pupils this academic year. There are plans for more pupils to be admitted shortly. The increase has mostly been at Key Stage 3 and primary, where the number of classes has increased to five. The school now has similar numbers of pupils and class groups in both primary and secondary, with the higher level of need being in the younger groups. Pupils are taught in mixed-aged classes. The youngest pupil at the time of the inspection was in the Reception class but had only been in school for a week, having been very recently and unexpectedly referred to the school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for additional government funding, known as the pupil premium, is well above average. All pupils have either a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. Pupils attend the school from across the city of Nottingham. The majority of pupils are from White British communities. The school is part of the Westbury Woodlands Federation. There is a single governing body for Westbury School and Woodlands School. The executive headteacher, who is a national leader of education, provides excellent leadership to the school and works closely with the head of school and her senior team. The school is a member of the Transform Teaching School Alliance. Pupils in Years 10 and 11 are given a variety of opportunities to undertake different courses, including work experience, and one pupil attends the Nisai Hub alternative provision.

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