Creating Empowered Lives

Who are we

Woodlands is a Local Authority maintained school which provides education for 85 children between the ages of 2 and 19 years with physical and sensory difficulties. Many pupils have additional medical and other difficulties that may affect their learning. Our school is a resource which serves the whole of the South West peninsula; our pupils come from Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall to learn.

We provide an assessment nursery, where children as young as two attend sessions to develop their skills in readiness for inclusion and possible mainstream education. Teaching is dynamic and pupils have individual learning programmes based upon their statement of special educational needs.

We run clubs during and after school and encourage our pupils to make the most of the opportunities to mix socially with children attending other schools on our campus. Some pupils attend inclusive learning sessions in their local schools and this is managed through our staff team. We work closely with our Wood View Partnership schools and promote high quality practice in supporting physical difficulties in Plymouth schools through our successful Outreach Team.

Our commitment to: high expectations for every child; an enabling curriculum and a strong emphasis on independence and self-actualisation, ensures our pupils leave school not only with a range of qualifications but also the skills for a fulfilling life.

Our facilities include: spacious classrooms with ‘state of the art’ adaptive equipment, wide corridors, light and dark sensory development rooms, hydrotherapy, rebound, soft play and a ball pool. Every classroom has interactive whiteboards and there are sufficient computers for all pupils.

The school’s awards include: the Naice ICT Mark, Arts Mark Gold, International Schools Award (Full), Healthy Schools’ status, Sports and Activemarks and we are working towards the Sustainable Schools award. We are the first school in Plymouth to be awarded three Basic Skills Quality Mark awards (Early Years, Primary and Secondary) for our excellence in supporting children’s learning in English and Maths. All of these awards demonstrate our commitment to benefit pupils through good practice. A similar approach is taken for staff: we have Investors in People status and a responsive training programme which demonstrates our commitment to developing staff skills supporting pupils’ experiences at school.

We offer an inclusive service to our families; providing support for more than a child’s learning and development. We guide families through the common assessment processes and host many Team around the Child meetings. Our Family Team offers help in a variety of ways; improving communication, guiding families to services, support and opportunities. Children’s health is supported by our Nursing team and a range of therapists from the NHS, Childrens’ Integrated Disability Team, Plymouth Community Healthcare and staff from neighbouring authorities. Our staff work closely with therapists to get the best outcome for individual pupils.


Our Partnerships


Partnerships and Support Provided by Woodlands                                    

Partnerships for Strengthening our Community                              

Provision of high quality outreach support for pupil with Physical disabilities to over 60 schools across Plymouth in Early Years, Primary and Secondary phases.  

Schools are also invited to participate in activities organised by Woodlands such as Woodfest, Multi-cultural Arts week and performances.

Weekly inclusion links with Eggbuckland Vale HI Unit.

Links with various primary schools for the support of inclusion for young people with complex disabilities.

Plympton St Mary’s Infant School – inclusion support.

Weekly hydrotherapy support provided for four primary schools, one secondary college and one special school.

Project Ability Outreach to schools across Plymouth, South East Cornwall and West Devon

Plymouth Learning Partnership (PLP) – SEN Hub Partner with Brook Green School,  Mill Ford School,  ACE Schools AP, Plymouth SEND Team.

Promoting excellence in SEN support.   


Partnership working with Sir John Hunt College and Whitleigh Primary School - our Plymouth North West Learning Trust.

Whitleigh Community – close working relationships with various local businesses including; Co-Op store, Porky’s Café and Warren’s Bakery.

PLUSS – support for work experience placements and opportunities for work related learning.

Plymouth Life Centre – Events management and execution.

Babcock International – Funding support for Inclusive Tennis Club.

Lloyds Bank – Community funding and on-going support.

Crownhill Fire Station - Blue and Green watch teams.

Plymouth University – ICT and psychology department links.

Marjon and Plymouth Universities – SEND  Teaching course links.

Training placements offered to students in: teaching;  Educational Psychology; psychology; nursing; physiotherapy; occupational therapy; teaching assistants; and health and social care.