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Woodlands School, Picklecombe Drive, off Tamerton Foliot Road, Whitleigh, PLYMOUTH PL6 5ES


School Updates During Closure

14 May 2020

Please find below an update from Andrea Hemmens following recent Government announcements.

Update letter to families - 14.05.2020 - Word Version

Update letter to families - 14.05.2020 - PDF version

24 April 2020

Thank you to all the families who responded to the text asking for information regarding Shielding Letters. If you did not receive the text or there is an update to your situation please email admin@woodlands.plymouth.sch.uk

We are currently only able to answer phone queries on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 8:30am and 2:30pm. If you need to contact anyone in school the best thing to do is to email admin@woodlands.plymouth.sch.uk which is monitored every day. Your email is then sent to the relevant person.

23 April 2020

Our nursing team are in school Monday to Friday during normal school hours. If you would like to speak to them please call the main school number and dial extension 613.

20 April 2020

Here is some important information that may support you and your family. This advice has changed slightly, meaning that you may be able to travel to a location to exercise and this could mean more than once a day if required. 

The link to the Gov website is also below:

  1. Can I exercise more than once a day if I need to due to a significant health condition?

You can leave your home for medical need. If you (or a person in your care) have a specific health condition that requires you to leave the home to maintain your health - including if that involves travel beyond your local area - then you can do so. This could, for example, include where individuals with learning disabilities or autism require specific exercise in an open space two or three times each day - ideally in line with a care plan agreed with a medical professional.

Even in such cases, in order to reduce the spread of infection and protect those exercising, travel outside of the home should be limited, as close to your local area as possible, and you should remain at least 2 metres apart from anyone who is not a member of your household or a carer at all times.


17 April 2020

The guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings has been updated with additional information on the resources and support available to help parents educate their children at home. We will republish this link every time there is a major change.


13 April 2020

Please click on the link below to see a letter from Andrea Hemmens regarding the partial opening of the school on Tuesday 14 April 2020.

Letter to parents/carers - word version

Letter to parents/carers - pdf version

30 March 2020

If you need to contact a member of the Senior Leadership Team please use the following emails:

Beth - bredfern@woodlands.plymouth.sch.uk  

Philip - phanrahan@woodlands.plymouth.sch.uk   

Andrea - ahemmens@woodlands.plymouth.sch.uk 


Other useful information and links

PIAS (Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND) have a team of dedicated facilitators skilled in a wide range of parenting programmes and behavioural strategies from birth to the teenage years. Please follow the link for details on how to access. 


If you receive ‘direct payments’, these may be used in a more flexible way during the Covid-19 crisis. Please contact your child’s social worker to discuss ways in which direct payments can be used to purchase additional PPE, health hygiene products or resources to support their education, health and care needs. 

Below is an attachment to the changes to the care act 2014: