Woodlane High School Rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted Inspectors

Special school in Du Cane Road also gets top score in every category

Woodlane High campus in White City

Du Cane Road special school Woodlane High has been rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted inspectors.

The White City secondary school was also given the top rating in all categories that inspectors assess – leadership, quality of teaching, personal development and welfare, and outcomes for pupils.

The inspectors were full of praise for the school, pictured above, which teaches pupils with special needs aged 11 to 16.

Among their findings, they said that there is a culture of excellence throughout the school and that pupils make sustained and substantial progress preparing them extremely well for adult life.

Pupil and teacher at Wood Lane High in White City

They praised staff for being highly motivated and for valuing the professional development they receive, with the result that pupils benefit from a rich learning experience.

The inspectors added that teachers’ subject knowledge is strong enabling them to personalise lessons to the pupils, and the curriculum offer is impressive. Inspectors were also impressed by the way staff, students, and parents all contribute to development plans, and by the way that teachers ensure no pupils fall behind.

The Ofsted inspectors also said it was clear that pupils love their time at the school and rarely miss a day.

"We’re absolutely delighted," said headteacher Claire Maynard. "However, our journey does not stop here. We are committed to on-going excellence, which requires strong strategic vision, creativity and committed partnerships.

"The senior managers would like to thank all our pupils, parents and carers, staff and governors for their hard work, support and dedication to our wonderful school. This is a shared outcome which belongs to the entire Woodlane High School community."

"This Ofsted report comes as no surprise," said Cllr Larry Culhane, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education. "I know the quality of teaching and care for pupils at Woodlane is second to none, this report simply confirms that.

"I’m glad the inspectors could see the difference staff and the school community makes to pupils and their families every day."


July 8, 2019