Autism accreditation

Woodcroft has worked with pupils on the autism spectrum for nearly sixty 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.

2022 accreditation

Woodcroft was reaccredited by the National Autistic Society in May 2022. This time our particular strengths were found to be in micro and macro transitions, including transitions for children who are not ready to move to other settings, transport for those who find travel difficult, and our bespoke packages for those who are unable to access a full programme on entry or at difficult times.

Inspectors said ‘Pupils are routinely engaged in meaningful activities which they find fun or interesting. … It is clear that the school has thoroughly considered individualised programmes in place and interventions are designed to help pupils regulate their anxiety levels. … Learners are routinely provided with the opportunity and purpose to develop social communication as part of a group or 1:1 with staff or with each other.’

Feedback from families and carers in the report was very positive, indicating how much they value the detailed understanding and support they and the children receive.

Thanks to our pupils, parents and carers for their support during the inspection, and congratulations to the whole staff team. A copy of the full report can be downloaded here.

Autism Accreditation Excellence Award

In 2017 Woodcroft won the National Autistic Society’s Autism Accreditation Excellence Award for our transport service. You can read more about the award on our Transport page.