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Woodstock School
Rectory Gardens, Henbury, BS10 7AH, UK Bristol
+44 (0)117 377 2175

Woodstock School

"Generating Confidence to Experience the Joy of Learning"

The school is divided into three phases:

Admissions classes (Libra & Gemini)

Progression classes (Leo & Virgo)

Transition classes (Scorpio & Pisces)

When your child first attends Woodstock they will be placed in one of the two admissions classes. After a period of assessment your child may move to either a progression or transition class.

If it is felt appropriate children may change classes throughout the year. Children may remain in the same class at the end of the school year.


9.00 - 9.30       Children arrive on their transport

9.30 - 11.00      Lesson take place

11.00 - 11.20     Break

11.20 - 12.20     Lessons

12.20 - 1.20       Lunch

1.30 - 3.00        Lessons

3.00 - 3.30        End of day transport


Senior Management Team

Ms Hilary Harris Headteacher
Ms Coral Hitchings Deputy Headteacher
Mr Tom Pyne Assistant Headteacher

Teaching Staff

Mr Mark Richards Scorpio Class Teacher
Mrs Maureen Salter Pisces Class Teacher
Mr Anton Matthews Leo Class Teacher
Ms Sylvia Fryer Virgo Class Teacher
Mr Matthew Cave Libra Class Teacher
Miss Laura McGuinness Gemini Class Teacher
Mr Derek Price Specialist Teacher

Support Staff

Mrs Linda Beacham Learning Support Assistant
Mr Gary Humphries Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Julie Pester Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Janet Chambers Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Elizabeth Warren Learning Support Assistant
Miss Claire Swaby Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Jan Blackmore Learning Support Assistant
Ms Jackie Fisher Learning Mentor
Mr Shaun Payne Learning Mentor
Mrs Jenny Lidington School Administrator
Mrs Sue Stephens School Cook
Mr Jeff Dale Caretaker
Mrs Betty Tracey School Counsellor

Governing Body

Mr John Salter Chair
Mr Peter Crossley Vice Chair
Ms Lin Jones Clerk to governors
Mrs Rose Francis  
Ms Elizabeth Balmer  
Ms Hilary Harris  
Ms Julie Wellens  
Mrs Maureen Salter  
Ms Lisa Parkinson  


What children does Woodstock cater for?

Woodstock is a day school for primary aged children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

How do children get into Woodstock?

Children usually arrive with a statement of special educational needs from their mainstream primary schools. However, some children may come to us on an assessment placement.

How does Woodstock differ from a mainstream school?

Woodstock is able to provide smaller classes - no more than 9 children in each class with 2 classroom practitioners.

The children follow a differentiated national curriculum, with a focus on social and behavioural skills.

Classroom practitioners specialise in educating children who exhibit emotional and behavioural difficulties.

What will my child learn at Woodstock?

The children participate in the National Literacy and Numeracy strategies. They will cover the full range of the National Curriculum subjects. The admissions classes have a focus on cooperative play skills and assessing children's attainment. 

As a setting we have high expectations for children to achieve. This is reflected in our recent Ofsted report and SATS results.

Can the children go back to mainstream schools?

We always insist on high standards of behaviour. Some of our children will be given the opportunity to attend mainstream primary schools on a regular basis with support, building up to full integration.

At the end of Year 6 children will move on to secondary schools. This next stage will be discussed in the child's Annual Review. The school, other professionals, and in consultation with the parents, will make recommendations for appropriate provision. This may be a mainstream secondary, a special secondary day school (Gateway School, Kingsweston School) or  Bristol's residential schools.

Do the children sit tests?

All the children in Year 2 and Year 6 will be given the opportunity to take SATs. Teachers assess the children throughout the year. When a child first arrives at Woodstock Reading, Writing, Spelling and Numeracy will be assessed by the admission stage.

Do Woodstock have Parents' Evenings?

Parents and carers will be invited to school at various points in the year to celebrate their children's successes. Currently these are in December, April and July. Children also have Annual Reviews as part of the statementing progress.

What is an Annual Review?

An Annual Review is an in depth review of the child's progress. The child's statement of special educational needs is used as a basis for this review. Parents and carers are actively invited to the review, as it is extremely beneficial to have these views included. Parents and carers will be notified of review dates in advance.

Who do I contact if I have a concern?

In the first instance contact the class teacher by leaving a message with the school administrator. The class teacher will then contact you as soon as possible.

How does the school celebrate success?

We have weekly class meetings where individual classes perform for the rest of the school. 

Every Monday we have a celebration meeting highlighting children's achievements in academic and social activities. children are also rewarded for excellent behaviour throughout the previous week.


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