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SEND - our aspirations faculty



The Aspirations Faculty will help staff in school provide a fully inclusive educational experience for all students regardless of abilities and disabilities. We identify students who have barriers to learning and give strategies to overcome these with reasonable adjustments and adaptive approaches. We support families by offering regular meetings to all students on the SEND register to ensure they are at the centre of all that is planned and implemented both in and out of school with regards to their education and wellbeing.


Staff from our Aspirations Faculty will liaise with you and your child’s primary school to ensure we understand their needs and that we can fully cater for them. When enrolled at Woodlands School we can offer specific interventions to our pupils if appropriate.

These interventions may include:

Additional support in lessons from Progress Mentors (Click Here for Progress Mentor Deployment Policy)

Pupil Passports

Literacy and Numeracy interventions

Social Skills groups

Zones of regulation

Counselling (On-Site)

Speech and Language Therapy (On-Site)

Break and lunch clubs

Homework clubs

Mentoring program

Curriculum support sessions

Handwriting interventions

Touch Typing

Exam Arrangements

Timeout Cards

Use of Laptops

Attendance support

Referrals to agencies such as Educational Psychologist and Occupational Therapy.

The SENDCo will track your child’s progress and feedback all relevant information throughout the academic year via telephone, email, annual review or one plan meetings.

Enhanced Provision for Speech and Language

Woodlands School has an onsite Enhanced Provision for students with speech, language, and communication needs. Click here for more information


We believe with the right support and guidance all our students can achieve not only their potential but above and beyond. We aim to ensure students are prepared for adulthood when they leave us, with a clear route to achieve their aspirations. We pride ourselves on ensuring every child is included whilst working towards the very highest standards of work, attendance, and behaviour. We help mould our students into lifelong learners, people who can make a positive contribution to society. Many of our students go onto colleges, apprenticeships and universities and experience tremendous success due to the foundations they have built at our school.


Aspirations Faculty – Key Contacts

Mr Dean O’Connor - SENDCo

Miss Billie Coates - Assistant SENDCo

Mrs Sam Heley – Speech and Language Therapist

Mrs Jo Mason - Aspirations Faculty Coordinator

Mrs Nicola Moran - Aspirations Faculty Administrator

Mrs Wendy Rouse - Assessment Lead Mentor

Miss Maisie Metcalf – Numeracy and Literacy Intervention Lead

Mr Mick Nixon – (Physio) Intervention Lead 

Miss Madeline MacLeod – Wellbeing & Attendance Lead



The following documents can be downloaded by clicking on the link:


Equality Act

Woodlands School is committed to meeting its responsibilities in relation to the Equality Act of 2010.  In all we do we endeavour to ensure that the 3 aims of the act are upheld and that we:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.