Our school caters for pupils from the ages of 4 – 19, with a primary need of autism. The majority of pupils also have some learning difficulties, functioning in the moderate learning difficulties range. We are keen to ensure that all our pupils have a peer group they can relate to and socialise with. We have a bespoke curriculum which is tailored to meet our pupils’ very specific needs.
Pupils with a diagnosis of autism covers a wide spectrum in terms of their social and learning needs. Our provision complements the other support that is available within the London Borough of Bexley. This includes 'Resourced Provisions' attached to mainstream schools and other specialist settings.
At Woodside we recognise that every pupil is an individual and at times a pupil’s social needs takes precedence over their learning needs and vice versa. We will therefore always look at each referral made to us on an individual basis. We want every young person to be successful and settled in school and that is why our admissions criteria can seem restrictive.
We pay great attention to the views of parents and carers, where possible the pupil themselves and the advice provided by professionals who know and have assessed the level of need. We welcome visitors to the school and recommend that parents and carers come and visit us. The local authority is responsible for making decisions around admission to the school but we will always be honest and will say if we are not the right provision for any individual.