Preparing pupils for adulthood: Developing learners that are happy, successful and increasing in independence
KEY INFORMATION 11-16
SCHOOL DAY AND LENGTH OF TEACHING WEEK
The school hours are:
Morning: 9.00 am to 12.25 pm
Afternoon 1.15 pm to 3.20 pm
Not all of this time is devoted to lessons, as some time must be allocated to extra-curricular matters, such as registration, assemblies, breaks, lunchtime and other activities, which are not part of the taught curriculum.
The number of hours per week which must be devoted to taught lessons is laid down by statute, and varies according to the age of the child. At Woodfield, students are taught in lessons for 22 hours 50 minutes.
The office hours are 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.
Woodfield is a Surrey County Council maintained special school. It is administered by The Special Needs Department, County Hall, Kingston-Upon-Thames, KT1 2DJ.
The special needs department at the Local Education Office, Redhill, deals with admissions and transport arrangements.
Children who have a statement of Special Educational Need/Education Health & Care Plan are awarded a place at Woodfield when parents and the Local Education Authority agree that a child has moderate and associated learning difficulties and that his/her needs can best be met here.
The Local Education Authority follows the Special Needs Code of Practice, copies of which are available from the Department for Education (DfE).The DfE has also issued a booklet for parents explaining the procedures. This may be obtained from the special needs department at the Local Education Office.
Transport to and from school is provided by the Local Authority, and is administered by the Transport Section. Whilst we liaise closely with them, the responsibility does not lie with the school. Transport is by coach, minibus or taxi and some vehicles have an escort in order to meet the needs of particular individuals.
Should you need to change any transport arrangements, prior permission must be sought from the Headteacher, preferably in writing ten days before the change. Transport should be requested when you accept the LA’s offer of a place at Woodfield, and is provided to pupils who live outside a 3 mile radius of the school.
We do lead training sessions for escorts and drivers to help ensure they know how best to deal with the range of learning difficulties experienced.
We feel that wearing school uniform plays an important part in maintaining high standards, helping students to develop a sense of pride in themselves and in Woodfield School and to feel that they belong. Governors have chosen a uniform which is distinctive to the school but which, we hope, will not be too expensive for you to provide.
We ask you, therefore, to ensure that your child is always dressed correctly for school.
Uniform for all pupils
Black blazer (optional)
Black or dark grey trousers or skirt
White shirt (long or short-sleeved)
Black, flat shoes of the outdoor type, not trainers
Royal blue Woodfield sweatshirt
Man bags should be small, plain and black.
(Sweatshirts and ties are ordered solely through the school.)
Black shorts or skirt
Plain white polo-shirt
Plimsolls or trainers and socks
Lunch is taken in two sittings in the canteen, the meals being cooked on the premises. All students are offered the choice of a hot meal or a salad, followed by a choice of pudding, fresh fruit, yoghurt or cheese and biscuits. Water is available on the table and encouraged at all times.
Should you wish, your child may bring a packed lunch instead. As part of our Healthy Schools’ Award Programme we encourage students to try different foods so they eat well balanced meals.
Students are encouraged to bring water containers and the drinking of water throughout the day is actively promoted.
We do not allow any form of fizzy drinks at school and encourage a healthy balance of packed lunch. Parents are asked at the outset, that they support the school in pursuit of healthy eating. Children’s diet really does make a difference to their behaviour!
We do accommodate individual students’ eating disorders and work closely with the canteen staff to ensure anxiety is minimised. Staff eat alongside the students to encourage good working relationships. This also gives us the opportunity to monitor food issues.
Students can bring a healthy snack to eat at morning break. We do operate a Healthy Tuck Shop where all proceeds go to charity.
We operate a Breakfast provision from 8.30am, giving students the option of having something to eat and drink before their day starts. We keep costs down to make this more accessible to all.
We have excellent attendance at Woodfield School. We expect to have contact with families if a child is absent, by 10am each morning. Where no valid reason has been given for an absence, it has to be regarded as unauthorized and is recorded as such on the child’s end of year School Report. Absence for holidays may no longer be authorised by the headteacher.
Parents of students who are experiencing attendance problems, for whatever reason, may call upon the school’s Education Welfare Officer for help. Students’ excellent and improved attendance is rewarded by certificates each term and vouchers, and those with 100% attendance over the year are treated to a 3-course meal at a local restaurant.
Attendance 2018/19 was 90.2%. LAC Pupils’ attendance was very good (all pupils’ attendance above 95%). Pupils with a history of school refusal in other settings show significant increase in attendance following small steps transition programmes. We are working closely with our Education Inclusion Officer to improve our overall attendance percentage.
Woodfield works in successful partnership with a number of support agencies in order to decide how best we can meet individuals’ needs.
We are fortunate to have input by Speech Therapists and an assistant who can work in groups, with individuals or in the classroom, if this is required. They assess all students on their entry to Woodfield and monitor them continuously. Their targets are shared with the staff and these are evaluated regularly.
They work closely with our English coordinator and there is a teacher link to ensure consistent approaches and sharing of information.
Should your child require physiotherapy, the visiting Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist will arrange regular sessions in liaison with the school. This applies also to visual and hearing impairment intervention.
The school has the support of Educational Psychologists, who will assist us with students who are causing concern. Additionally, we use two agencies to support students with emotional needs, Jigsaw and Learning Space.
Both come into the school on a weekly basis and can work with parents. These have proved to be greatly valued and respected by students and parents alike.
The welfare of the students is of paramount importance and we ask families to provide details of their health when they come to Woodfield and throughout their time with us.
We are happy to administer medication during the school day, but please medication must be labelled clearly and kept in date.
Behaviour management is deemed a strength of the school. Students are encouraged to adopt positive values of consideration and respect for others, together with self- respect and tolerance.
Effort of every kind is acknowledged and rewarded with praise and encouragement. All communities, however, require guidelines for everyone’s safety and well being.
High standards of behaviour are expected at all times but should a student disobey a school rule, sanctions will be appropriate to the situation and the individual concerned, always having regard to Woodfield’s Behaviour for Learning Policy, which is reviewed annually.
It is important to balance high standards of behaviour with the need for a pleasant school atmosphere in which individuality is recognized. We aim to establish and exercise firm control which is consistent but not oppressive and which takes into account the special problems of individual children.
We believe that student learning is motivated by rewarding success, no matter how small. To this end, we offer a range of reward systems. Rewards are recognised in whole-school assemblies, as are Woodfield certificates, which are awarded for effort and achievement.
All students belong to a House for which they can earn points which can be turned into privileges. ‘Pleasure to Know’ Certificates are awarded to students who have been just that over the period of a week.
The Friends of Woodfield present a £5 voucher to students who receive 10 Pleasure to Know Certificates. This is a real incentive for students to try their best and they are so proud of their successes!
We have introduced vouchers to students who have demonstrated improved and excellent attendance. At the end of the term, the form with the most improved attendance has a treat for their lunch, as mentioned earlier.
In a drive to improve Home Reading, we present vouchers to students who read on a regular basis. One student won a kindle as a result of the prolific reading she has undertaken at home all year!
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS POLICY
Woodfield’s SEND policy is in keeping with the school’s aims, its teaching and learning policy and its policy on equality of opportunity. Governors and staff ensure that students enjoy a broad and balanced education which meets individual need.
In meeting the students’ individual needs, the school has taken into account the principles and practices set out in the Code of Practice; in particular, it has adopted a staged approach.
On entry to Woodfield, and at the beginning of each subsequent academic year, information about each child is collated and concise, precise targets are set, which encompass both academic, personal and social development. Woodfield has links with every phase of education, including FE institutions, and works closely with outside agencies to meet a student’s needs.
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Our policy is reviewed annually with governors and staff. Please see this under ‘Policies’.
Governors and staff recognise the value of educational visits and activities linked to learning objectives. When students are involved in such activities, you will be asked to make a voluntary contribution in order that they can take place.
No student will be prevented from taking part in an activity because of inability or unwillingness to pay, but the activity may not take place unless it is possible to cover the costs.
In addition, the school may charge for, or require the supply of, ingredients or materials if families have indicated in advance that they wish to own the finished product.
For those students in receipt of Disadvantaged Funding, we do fund a number of activities.
We ensure the school can meet the needs for a range of physical difficulties. We have one lift where needed and ramps to the mobile classroom. One pair of doors is remotely controlled for access between the playground and the building.
We offer disabled toilet facilities and monitor our provision accordingly. As a result, we now have electronic doors for access into the canteen, improved physio and disabled toilet provision and a widened access to two classrooms for ease of wheelchair/frame use.
The school has an Accessibility Plan which is reviewed with staff and governors each year to ensure a variety of needs are met. Parents, students and visitors have been consulted with a focus on improving access.