A school where the sky is the limit
Our School Context
We are a 2-11 school with approximately 450 pupils, serving a fantastic community in the south of Sheffield.
We are lucky enough to be a part of Mercia Learning Trust, who provide us with outstanding support in a whole variety of ways.
Each classroom is led by caring, passionate and talented professionals who care deeply about the wellbeing and growth of every child in their care. We celebrate the uniqueness of our children and support them to thrive in confidence and flourish in individuality.
If you would like to apply for a place in Reception Class or upwards, please click here to visit the Sheffield Council website.
For Early Years admissions, you can also email us at: email@example.com
Please note, this email address is for Early Years admission enquiries only. For all other enquiries please contact the school office.
We hold regular open mornings, or you can contact us for a bespoke visit. Find out more here.
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High Expectations of Excellence — Nothing But the Best
Alongside our nurturing approach, therapeutic offer and inclusive environment, we also have high expectations of excellence, and accept nothing but the best from every child. The curriculum is exceptional and something that we are very proud of.
Every subject area of the curriculum is meticulously planned and sequenced towards high quality endpoints, by highly experienced teachers who put the children at the centre of every decision they make. Children spend their days developing new language and exploring and engaging in new experiences through awe and wonder.
This exclusive curriculum paired with the passion to create happy, healthy individuals means that children are equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence that they need not only to succeed in their education but to thrive throughout their adult life.
Reading is the beating heart of our curriculum. We know that for our children, reading is their gateway into unfamiliar places, other people and knowledge of the world and vocabulary. Every day we strive to ignite their ‘word curiosity’ and increase their ‘word hoard’.
We ensure pupils ‘learn to read’ through the systematic teaching of phonics, building in plenty of opportunities to build reading fluency... until pupils achieve reading automaticity and become fully independent readers; able to ‘read to learn’.
Alongside this we instil and nurture an absolute love of reading from the very start. ‘A time to read’ is sacrosanct; in every classroom, every day, story time happens where everything stops…and a book is read aloud and shared for pleasure.
Wellbeing & Mental Health
We are passionate about the positive impact that nature and outdoors can have on the mental health and wellbeing of children and adults. We are lucky enough to have the most fantastic outdoor space wrapped around our school, and therefore find ways to use every part of it at every opportunity. Our PE Leader is a fully trained Forest School practitioner and drives our outdoor learning.
We also have numerous school pets, including guinea pigs, rabbits, stick insects and snails!
Inclusion & SEND
Inclusion is one of our main priorities. Inclusive education values diversity and the unique contributions each child brings to the classroom. In a truly inclusive setting, every child feels safe and has a sense of belonging. This is something we work hard at and consequently pride ourselves on.
We are a school that goes above and beyond for children with additional needs or vulnerabilities. Every member of staff spends the time getting to know every child they work with so that they can be provided with the best possible support available for them and their needs. Classroom staff work closely with the Inclusion Lead and SENDCo to ensure they are supporting children in the classroom with needs such as dyslexia, ASD, ADHD, sensory processing issues and attachment needs.
We know how important nurture is to children, and the impact that it can have upon the attachment and relationships within school. Alongside the standard primary classroom provisions that we have here, we also have a full-time nurture provision run by accredited Nurture UK members of staff who dedicate their time to developing and teaching the six principles of nurture.
The main purpose of Nurture is to assess social and emotional needs so that we can provide the help and support that is needed to remove the barriers to learning. As the children learn academically and socially they develop confidence, become responsive to others, learn self-respect and take pride in behaving well and in achieving.
Personal Development & Character
The personal development of our children is of the utmost importance to each and every one of us. The Spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding of children has a huge impact on the levels of employability and career opportunities as they grow into adulthood. The direct teaching and development of character builds positive attributes in all children.
As part of our curriculum, children are actively encouraged to develop their confidence and self-awareness. Teachers work closely with children as they develop their skills enabling them to recognise their own strengths and to develop a positive sense of self.
In our beautiful outdoor provision, children are exposed to opportunities where they are able to manage risk in their play and have opportunities to push themselves into achieving their own goals as well as creating a foundation for a healthy body which contributes to social and emotional wellbeing.
We believe that our approach to developing character begins as soon as a child starts with us at two years old in Ladybirds and with our nurture, love and care, our children are able to flourish into successful and integral members of our community.
Attachment, Relationships, Love & Care
The staff here understand the importance of early attachments and work alongside BAPT registered therapists to deepen their knowledge and skill-base regularly so that everything that we do builds relationship and demonstrates love and care for each and every child who enters our doors.
In the classroom, learning is always our focus but we know that children can only learn if they have their basic needs met first. Children start the day with family breakfast every morning and take part in mindfulness activities, which can include meditation and yoga. We regularly learn about the zones of regulation, explore our feelings and emotions and learn how to manage these. We all prioritise attachments and understand the importance of relationships. Every interaction that we have with a child, whether it's within the classroom, walking past them on the corridor, or playing games with them at lunchtime, is important.
Coaching, Reflection & Therapeutic Language
We are a coaching school, and value coaching at every level. We believe that coaching allows for reflection, empowers staff and children and emphasises the importance of personal development. Senior Leaders coach teachers to develop their practice, teachers and support staff coach children during learning and for behaviour support. As part of our therapeutic offer, we work with highly trained play and filial therapists and art therapists. These therapies are used as a way of helping children express their feelings and deal with difficult life experiences, including developmental trauma, through a self-guided and collaborative process.
Our Knowledge for Life classroom supports children with EHC Plans with the life skills they need to be successful, alongside the appropriate academic knowledge for their age and stage. The use of therapeutic and reflective language with the children in KfL promotes a deeper understanding of emotions and provides social and emotional learning opportunities for those who struggle with that element of life the most.
What our families say
I say to everyone how amazing my girls' new headteacher is and how much she's done for our school. She's an absolute credit to our community.
N Root, parent
I am so glad my daughter started this school when she did. I have to be honest, the reputation Valley Park had in 2019 made me avoid putting it on her admissions form, even though it was our catchment school. After a lot of thought I changed my mind at the last minute. It was the best decision for both her and me. She is excelling and loving school.
Mrs Johnstone has turned the school around in such a short time, we can't wait to be part of the Woodlands community and see the school grow into something wonderful. Thank you to the staff for making the school what it is today!
J Bennett, parent
Woodlands is a primary school where children are supported emotionally, socially and academically.
They have a fantastic team of teachers and support staff, led by a fabulous headteacher that all want the very best for each and every child.
Parents are encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings and the school ensures they work with families to see that all the children are happy.
K Simpson, parent
Woodlands offers a calming environment, enthusiastic teaching and constructive support.
I particularly love the “back to nature” approach and forest school.
My son is really happy here and he’s continually progressing, not just academically but socially and emotionally too.
K Scothorne Allen, parent
What our pupils say
I loved it as Valley Park, but this is a lot better. I cannot believe how much it has changed. When I walked in I thought it was a whole new school.
There is much better learning now.
Year 4 pupil
The changes have affected the pupils' behaviour positively, and they are taking more care of classrooms. They are more empathetic in learning and discovering.
Year 4 pupil
The classrooms and corridors have had a fantastic makeover. They are outstanding now!
Year 4 pupil
What our visitors say
Working at Woodlands
If you believe in high expectations for EVERY child, are resilient and have a great work ethic then we want to hear from you. With an exceptional staff offer in school, a high quality curriculum, talented staff members to support you and many opportunities to work trust-wide (including an annual trust conference with keynote speakers), Woodlands Primary School could be the right place for you.
What can we offer you?
- An outstanding staff profile. We have excellent teachers, teaching assistants and a specialised team working with children with complex needs.
- A forward-thinking Senior Leadership Team, who are relentlessly focused on improving outcomes for children.
- A trust curriculum framework and assessment, based on research and the knowledge of our pupils.
- Many CPD opportunities both within school and across the trust.
- Fantastic children who are courteous, polite and a pleasure to teach!
Visit Mercia Learning Trust's Careers pages to find out more and to check for vacancies at our school.
All applicants for any post within Woodlands Primary School will be subject to detailed recruitment checks including reference checks, DBS checks and prohibition checks. All shortlisting procedures include safer recruitment checks and further checks may be undertaken where necessary.