0121 448 3001


Wood End



Number of Classrooms: Nine (9). There are seven rooms which can be used for 1:1 teaching and two larger group teaching rooms

Site Capacity : Potential Twelve (12)

Class size: Each student on the site is recognised as a class. When students start at Wood End Lane they are allocated a classroom, where they are taught by a specialist teacher and support staff, dependent on their staffing ratio. Following consultation with students, parents/carers and other professionals, opportunities are created for them to work within small group lessons.  While students are given opportunities to work in groups they are staffed on a minimum ratio of 1:1 because their ability to manage in a group setting may change quickly. The site maintains a safe space for all students to withdraw to when they feel that they cannot manage and where staff believe that their behaviour is impacting on the learning of others. There are days when there are no group activities and all students are being taught on their own in their own safe space.

Co-Education: Wood End Lane accommodates both boys and girls.

Mixed Ability: The students are NOT placed according to ability or age, only by compatibility. Wood End Lane is vertically organised to incorporate education across age ranges, from age 11 to 19 years.

Peer Interactions: Students can join group breaktimes and lunchtimes when they feel ready to do so, and this provides an opportunity for socialisation with staff and peers in a supportive, inclusive and risk managed environment.

Curriculum: Each student has an individualised timetable which is agreed with them. They have access to all core subjects, all Humanities subjects, Modern Foreign Language (MFL), PE, ICT, Health and Social Care, PHSE, the Careers Steps Programme  and a wide range of ASDAN subjects.

Although academic progress is extremely important,  a strong focus of the work done is on developing the emotional literacy and communication skills of the students in order to develop their social skills and confidence which in turn can address any barriers to learning.

Qualifications that students achieve: GCSE, Functional Skills, NCFE and ASDAN

Access to Internal Professionals : Speech and Language Therapist, Music Therapist, Life Skills Coach, Counsellors, Impartial Careers Advisor

Other Facilities:

  • Kitchen - all meals are cooked on site.

  • Dining area - students are encouraged to have break and lunch in the dining area with staff and peers as part of their on going socialisation and interaction program. This is carefully managed by staff. Students access the dining room based on risk assessment.

  • A large secure playing field to the rear of the building.

  • A small soft play room, which is used for desensitisation or relaxation as and when necessary.

  • Music Therapy room - this is accessed by students from different sites.

Transitioning from Wood End Lane  to Other Sites

The student’s risks and behaviours are managed very carefully and, when it is agreed by the school’s internal professional team, the student will transition to one of the other school sites in order to access more group interactions and more independence. The usual transition for students from Wood End Lane is to post-16 / sixth form at Stuart Court.  Some students, with support from school staff and Careers Advisor Vickie Collin, may go on to access Post 16 education at mainstream colleges with a learning support plan created by Spring Hill High School in liaison with the new educational setting.


Wood End Lane is covered by CCTV cameras.

Car Parking: Car parking space is very limited outside school sites and visitors are asked to take care when parking to ensure the safety of everyone arriving and departing. When visiting Wood End Lane you are allowed to park along the road, if the car park at the front of the building is full. Please be mindful of our immediate neighbours so that you are not blocking driveways.

How to contact us

If you  wish to contact Wood End Lane please call and speak to Amy, the Headteacher's PA or contact her by email via the link below.

Telephone -01214483001



Ethos: A caring, nurturing environment where students have a safe place, while opportunities are provided for them to access group teaching and group interaction more consistently.


Deputy Headteacher :  Wood End Lane

Michele Darke


BA Hons- English and Media/Cultural Studies


Other Responsibilities

Leader of Student Outcomes

Examinations Officer

Teacher Training Coordinator

Michele  joined us at Spring Hill High School in 2007.