Welcome to The Woodlands Centre

Located in the rural town of Wem in Shropshire and enriched in history, The Woodlands Centre accommodates the Woodlands Specialist School and the Woodlands Outreach Service, with our Acorns key stage 2 provisions located in Oswestry and Bishop's Castle.

With a £2.2 million investment, transformation from the previously known “Trench Hall School” to the purpose built Woodlands Centre was completed and opened in November 2003.

We hope our website will give you a feel for the nature and scope of The Woodlands Centre, it is not however a substitute for a visit in person as words and pictures cannot do full justice to the quality or extent of the facilities and of course the view of the surrounding countryside.

Ofsted Graded Good

  • Science
  • Outside Woodlands School
  • Beekeeping at Woodlands
  • Curriculum Enrichment
  • Curriculum Enrichment
  • Food Technology
  • Curriculum Enrichment
  • Woodlands Garden
  • D&T
  • Woodlands Students
  • D&T
  • Woodlands Pupils
“Pupils are well prepared for life after school and it is rare that any pupil is not in training, education or employment”

(Woodlands School Ofsted 2015)

Latest News

Red George Animal & Land-base… Friday June 29th, 2018

As part of the alternative provision that is available through Woodlands school, pupils are able to engage with a number of rural skills provisions located around Shropshire, in particular Red George Animal and Land-base Studies have supported numerous Woodlands pupils. An ongoing project has…


Accelerated Reader Awards- Spring… Wednesday April 4th, 2018

Everytime I check pupils data, or peek into a classroom during reading time, I am the proudest teacher! Pupils have now been reading at the start of the day for 25 minutes since September 2017. The school is so peaceful and all pupils are thoroughly engaged in their books, whilst...


St David’s Day at Acorns… Monday March 12th, 2018

Acorns Oswestry celebrated St David’s Day a little late!  Our planned assembly did not take place because of the snow so we learnt about St David’s life and works today.  Our activities included a word search and making cardboard daffodils.  They were quite tricky to make but as can…


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Woodlands School

Woodlands School

The Woodlands School is a Shropshire Local Authority (LA) Specialist School catering for pupils aged eleven to sixteen who have a ‘Statement of Special Educational Needs’ (SEN), specifically Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD).

The school has facilities for and can accommodate up to 56 statemented boys and girls on a non-residential basis.

Children are admitted from year seven, up to a maximum of eight in each year group, with our Acorns provision admitting from year five. Each group is usually taught by one teacher and one Special Support Assistant. The high staff to pupil ratio within classrooms is recognition that pupils coming to Woodlands School have a range of learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties which require a significantly higher level of support.

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Woodlands Outreach

Woodlands Outreach

Woodlands Outreach offers two services for schools.

Our Advisory teachers and specialist practitioners offer outreach support for pupils who may present signs of Social Emotional Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD), Autistic Spectrum (AS) or Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

This fully traded service provides support, advice, assessment and training for schools, pupils, parents and other agencies in Shropshire and surrounding areas.
Woodlands Outreach has the inclusive agenda at its heart ensuring wherever possible that children remain educated in a mainstream setting.

Our ICT department offer an onsite technician service for local primary schools. Providing a wide range of onsite technical support, professional impartial advice and consultancy.

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Woodlands Acorns

Woodlands Acorns

Our Acorns Centres are satellite provisions of Woodlands School based in Oswestry and Bishop's Castle.

The provision offers primary education to a group of up to 12 pupils from years 5, 6 or 7. The whole curriculum is covered with daily input of Maths and English together with an opportunity to experience activities such as horticulture which, with a cross curricular approach, gives practical experience of Science, Maths and English and also builds personal and social skills.

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