Welcome to Woodcroft special school in Loughton, England.
Woodcroft independent day school opened in 1963. We provide nursery and primary schooling for thirty pupils with severe, profound or complex learning difficulties. Many of our pupils have very special educational challenges including autism, communication disorders or dyspraxia.
Situated in beautiful forest surroundings on the edge of Epping Forest, Woodcroft School is only one mile from the M11 and M25 motorways and therefore within easy daily reach of central, north and east London, Essex, Middlesex, Hertfordshire and Kent. The school is also within easy access of neighbourhood shops, libraries and other public amenities so pupils may enjoy a variety of activities within the wider community. Epping Forest is an ideal place to broaden the experiences of pupils from the environment of inner London and for all to learn to appreciate the countryside.
Your interest and visits are much appreciated as in this way you will get to know us and understand how we work. We hope parents and carers will find benefit in the opportunities for consultation and discussion and enjoy the more informal social occasions. In fact we hope that all concerned will come to realise why we are proud of our school.
We have a dedicated and experienced staff of teachers, therapists, nursery nurses and support staff who are committed to work for the benefit of our pupils. Our staff strive to offer all our pupils access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum and continuously endeavour to improve the quality of teaching and learning. We are accredited by the National Autistic Society and Investors in People.
Thank you for your interest.
Margaret Newton, head teacher
Our ethos and aims
Woodcroft School puts the needs of its pupils first. Our approach is child centred, providing the flexibility to adapt to pupil needs and integrate with local authority provision. We believe that children should be treated with dignity and respect and are committed to equality of opportunity and to raising pupils' self-esteem by treating them in a positive way. We acknowledge that some children have very special difficulties but believe that acceptance, understanding and intensive periods of positive intervention can effect change.
To offer a safe and supportive environment within which pupils can develop to their full potential and live healthy, satisfying and independent lives within society.
To maintain a positive school culture where pupils are motivated and challenged by high expectations and success is consistently celebrated.
To support partner agencies by providing innovative and flexible services that ensure each pupil's education is adapted to their needs.
To be widely recognised as a specialist centre of excellence where information, training and support is shared with parents; other schools and professionals; and the wider community.