Woodcroft has worked with pupils on the autism spectrum for over fifty years. We have been pioneers of many successful strategies during that time, taking a flexible approach that reflects our understanding that all pupils are different.
We were first accredited by the National Autistic Society in 2009 and positive provision for autism is firmly embedded across the whole school.
Our most recent review in April 2016 concluded:
‘Staff at Woodcroft School demonstrate good knowledge and understanding of Autism Spectrum and Positive Behaviour Support. It provides an effective child- centred package of education and therapy for children with a range of extremely complex needs, most also on the Autism Spectrum. It has a warm and welcoming ethos that exudes dignity and respect. All staff go beyond the call of duty to provide great support and education for the children at Woodcroft. Staff have created and maintained very strong links with the families who have only praise for Woodcroft and the “outstanding” progress many of their children have made, particularly the development of communication, personal and social skills.’
The following areas of strength were identified:
- The therapeutic transdisciplinary working within the school – particularly OT and SaLT.
- The planned Transition Programme to include years 7 and 8 in the school from September 2016.
- The innovative development of the Children Finding it Hard to Travel programme that has enabled access to school for children who would otherwise be at home.
- Well thought out, regular, extensive and ongoing planned training programmes for all staff.
- Staff are calm, enthusiastic and knowledgeable and treat children with great respect and dignity.
- Families are learning partners with the school and value opportunities to learn more about how to work with their child.
Autism Accreditation Excellence Award
In 2017 Woodcroft won the National Austistic Society’s Autism Accreditation Excellence Award for our transport service. You can read more about the award on our Transport page.