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  • Woodlands School
    Woodview Learning Community
    Picklecombe Drive
    Off Tamerton Foliot Road
    PL6 5ES
  • Head: Mrs Andrea Hemmens
  • T 01752 300101
  • F 01752 300 102
  • E
  • W www.woodlands.…
  • A special state school for pupils aged from 2 to 19
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Plymouth
  • Pupils: 86
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 4th December 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 2nd December 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

‘All staff have a heart of gold and nothing is too much trouble. We feel all of his needs are met here and we are excited to see the progress he will make in the coming years – he has already made so much progress in a short space of time.' One of the latest developments at Woodlands is turning Fridays into enrichment days. In the mornings, pupils are to be given a choice of options, maybe choir or programming or ceramics, or even snow tubing or animal care. In the afternoons there is a choice of sports and activities. Pupils can say what they want, and choose what they want to do.

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Since 2007, Andrea Hemmens. Joined Woodlands in 2004 as an IT teacher before taking on the senior deputy head role, and then head teacher post. Originally from Scotland, Andrea grew up in Birmingham and has gradually worked her way down to the south west. Previously at Millford School, Plymouth for 11 years, and before that at Warleigh Manor Behaviour Support School, Bath. Recently named as one of the top 10 ‘coolest headteachers’ in the Plymouth local paper, Andrea always knew she wanted to teach in special schools, never mainstream. She was one of the last to take a teaching degree course specifically in ‘teaching children with severe learning difficulties’ at the then Bristol Polytechnic (now the University of the West of England). She has never looked back. She loves the challenge, the diversity, and...

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