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



Woodlands School is registered to offer places to pupils who have complex needs aged between 2 and 19 years old. Young people who can be considered for a place will have an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan), a Multi-agency Support Plan or will have been identified as needing specialist support through Team Around Me (TAM) meetings. 

Our school provides for children whose needs are captured by the following agreed definition: 

  • Pupils will have complex needs. This means that they will have co-existing conditions that overlap and interlock, creating a complex profile. Physical and sensory will be indicated as the most significant need on pupils’ EHC plans.
  • This will be a multi-sensory impairment and/or a physical disability and/or the impact of long-term illness.
  • The Pupils’ complex disabilities will mean that they will require specialist care for a range of medical needs, for example, gastrostomies and tracheostomies.
  • Cognition and learning will be indicated as a need on pupils’ EHCPs.
  • The co-occurring and compounding nature of pupils’ complex needs will require a personalised learning pathway that recognises their unique and changing learning patterns.
  • Pupils’ multi-sensory impairments may co-occur with a communication and interaction need, such as autism.

Professionals, such as Educational Psychologists or Portage Workers, may suggest Woodlands as an appropriate placement for your child. In consultation with you, these professionals will submit an application for a place at our school to Plymouth’s Single Multiagency Admissions Panel (SMAP). This is only done if you are in agreement.

All Admissions to Woodlands are made through this route for pupils from any Local Authority area.

Admissions may take place at any time during the year, if places are available.

We encourage prospective parents to visit the school, with their young child, just call to make an appointment.  Professionals are also welcome to attend to provide support.  

Professionals are also encouraged to visit us the school to increase their knowledge of our provision as it is constantly evolving.

For further information please visit our Policies page

If a place has been offered to your child at Woodlands we will work with you to find the best way to undertake a positive transition.

We have a supportive process for managing the entry of all new pupils into school, whatever their age, which covers all aspects of their needs including: education, health and care.