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  • Willow Dene School
    Swingate Lane
    SE18 2JD
  • Head: Ms Rachel Harrison
  • T 020 8854 9841
  • F 020 8854 9846
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 2 to 16.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Greenwich
  • Pupils: 272
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Early years provision Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 2nd November 2022
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the school says...

Willow Dene is a large primary special school which aims to provide high quality education for children with a wide range of learning disabilities - moderate, severe, profound and multiple, complex medical needs, physical disabilities and children with autism.

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Willow Dene is a large primary special school that aims to provide high quality education for children with a wide range of learning disabilities: moderate, severe, profound and multiple learning disabilities, complex medical needs, physical disabilities and children on the autistic spectrum. In addition to the direct provision for children, including close multi-professional working with health professionals (SaLT; physiotherapy, OT, music therapy, school nursing service etc), the school has 4 Outreach services - Visual Impairment Service, ASD Outreach Service, the Specific Learning Difficulties Service and the SENCo Project who work to support children with moderate to severe learning difficulties in mainstream schools. All of the outreach projects have close working links with the school as well as supporting children with learning difficulties in mainstream schools and providing training for teachers, support staff and parents. The school had a very successful OFSTED inspection in May 2007.

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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