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Woodlands School is an outstanding special school for very special children. We take children aged 2 to19 who have a range of difficulties including severe learning needs, complex disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. 

Woodlands School is surrounded by extensive grounds amidst Surrey woodland and is located within easy reach of the town, railway station and M25. We have a hydrotherapy pool which is used by all classes and 4 minibuses which are used to transport students to various activities. 

At Woodlands we truly believe that ‘Together Everyone Achieves’ and we invest in our staff to ensure that they are well trained and supported to carry out their roles effectively. This begins with a comprehensive induction programme followed by more role specific training as appropriate. We have a strong track record of supporting staff through their career progression from special needs classroom assistants through to teaching, nursing and educational psychology. 

Woodlands School places the utmost importance on personalising the curriculum to ensure that all our students are treated as individuals and can make the best progress possible. Our goal is that when our students leave us they are fully prepared to take their next steps as independently and successfully as possible. We are a school that uses a total communication approach with a strong culture of communication for all. 

Our school is organised into two departments, the Lower School including Reception and Foundation Stage and the Upper School including Key Stage 5. This enables us to ensure that learning and opportunities are age appropriate. The curriculum offered is varied and includes residentials; courses at the local college and within the local community. In addition, we offer after school clubs and enhance our offering to students by participating in the special schools ski trip, prom and sports events. 

We have a strong track record of collaboration and have a multi professional team approach and work in partnership with Central Surrey Health who provide nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. In addition we play an active role in Surrey’s SLD, PMLD, ASD Network (SPAN) which facilitates training, professional debate and opportunities for support. 


Woodlands School is a Surrey County Council Special School for very special children. We take children aged 2 to19 who have a range of difficulties including severe learning needs, complex disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. 

Every child at Woodlands comes with unique and often highly complex individual needs. That's why we provide each one with the care, guidance and support they need to concentrate on learning and enjoying school life to the full. 

We've work with a wide range of professional staff who work collaboratively to provide an integrated service. We have access to nursing, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy through Central Surrey Health. These professionals have a comprehensive knowledge of each child and work effectively with Woodlands staff as a team to provide for the needs of each child. Thus, ‘Together Everyone Achieves’ 

Woodlands was judged an outstanding school in May 2014 : 

‘Improvement in the use of communication aids has resulted in all pupils having a means to make choices and have a voice.’ 

‘Pupils' behaviour is exceptional in and around the school. High quality individual support ensures that all pupils are extremely well supported. Pupils feel safe at school.’ 

‘Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school and very pleased with their children's education.’ 

‘The exceptionally wide range of rich learning opportunities, subjects and topics engage pupils extremely well, and contributes to their strong spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.’  

‘Training for all staff is thorough, and close links with local and other special schools have forged very effective partnerships.’ 

Working for Us

 At Woodlands we truly believe that ‘Together Everyone Achieves’ and this ethos is at the heart of everything we do.  If you wish to work with pupils with special needs and want to work at a school which really values its staff and their development then come and join our friendly, sociable and dedicated staff team here at Woodlands School.   We can offer you:-  - an extensive induction and training programme - a proven track record of supporting staff  in their career development to become teachers HLTAs, educational psychologists and nurses - discounted membership of local health and fitness clubs - an employee wellbeing and assistance programme with access to counselling and support - access to Surrey Extra for discounted shopping, childcare vouchers, health checks and much more... - access to an Occupational Health Service - free microsoft office for home use - recently refurbished school premises - generous pension scheme (either Teachers’ Pension Scheme or Local Government Pension Scheme) - the opportunity to work within a setting which values a multi disciplinary approach centred on achieving the very best for every student     This is what our staff say about working at Woodlands:  “Great team spirit amongst the staff that can be rare to find in other schools”  “Encouraging every milestone with high expectations of learning and high aspirations for students”   “Everybody is important—we all have an opportunity to contribute to the whole school development plan”  If you think you might be interested in joining our team then please do not hesitate to arrange an informal visit and we can share with you our very special school by contacting Nicola Sutehall on 01372 377922 or admin@woodlands.surrey.sch.uk. Alternatively send us your CV now via our School Talent Pool and say what sort of role you're looking for.  By joining our School Talent Pool we'll know you're interested in working here when a future vacancy occurs.Join our School Talent Pool now!For more information about School Talent Pools visit www.eteach.com

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