Our school caters for autistic pupils from the ages of 4 – 19. The majority of pupils have a degree of learning difficulty and function within the moderate learning difficulties range which lies considerably below age-related expectations. We have a bespoke, personalised and ambitious curriculum which is tailored to meet our pupils’ very specific needs and ensure that they are able to make the best progress towards their EHCP outcomes, academic targets and in their personal development.
Autism covers a wide spectrum in terms of individual communication, 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.
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 and placements to the school but we will always be honest and will say if we are not the right provision for any individual.
Summer born children- the evidence for children with complex needs is that the sooner they are in school, with multi professional input and support, the better. At Woodside we don’t place children out of year group as the highly personalised nature of the curriculum and our specialist approach mean that needs can be met within the appropriate age group. However, decisions will be made on a case by case basis and in line with current legislation and guidance on ‘deferred entry under summer born criteria’ unless stated in the child’s EHCP that the child will be educated out of year group.