Welcome to Woodlands Academy, Ealing:
Your Local Primary and Nursery School in Ealing.
Woodlands is a small, nurturing school. Unlike bigger schools, we know all our children well and can offer personalised learning. We have a fantastic team, dedicated to bringing out the talents of all our pupils and to deliver high quality teaching and learning.
We think success also comes from working in close partnership with our parents and we will make sure they have regular opportunities to meet and communicate with staff.
We want to nurture our children’s curiosity through a rich, varied and inspiring curriculum, allowing them to reach their full potential to be caring, conscientious and confident citizens of tomorrow.
We think you should consider Woodlands for your child in Ealing and here’s why:
We are thrilled to announce that Woodlands Academy has been judged to be an “GOOD” provider. We want to thank the staff and pupils for their hard work and dedication and the parents for their ongoing support.
We have had fantastic outcomes in both Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 in previous years. No SATS tests were conducted for 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please see below for our headlines and school results:
“Parents speak highly of the school’s work. They value the changes made by leaders.” Ofsted
Our parents are very proud of our school, 100% of those surveyed stated that Teaching & Learning is good/very good and would recommend Woodlands (Ofsted Parents Survey 2017).
“An excellent school. My daughter is very happy and progressing very well. Thank you teachers and head teacher for your support at this critical time. I feel the school provides great support for my child and I’ve seen improvements.”
“My child has enjoyed every bit of her presence at the school. She always appreciated and talked highly about the teachers and how they were helpful and supportive throughout her journey.”
“We have found all her teachers to be quite amazing and supportive in every aspect of our child’s progress and sense of self-worth and wellbeing , particularly in the face of what is a highly challenging year for her in every aspect. Thank you to all for living up to and going beyond the wonderful and nurturing ethos of Woodlands Academy.”
“My child loves her school, her friends and she has great love and admiration for her teachers. We are also very grateful to everyone at Woodlands Academy, thank you.”
“We are delighted with our daughter’s progress this year and she is very happy at Woodlands Academy.”
“A hidden gem of a school in a calm, leafy setting. This school genuinely puts the children first, listens to parents and promotes a warm and supportive environment. Teachers are 100% dedicated to nurturing children and helping them make excellent progress.”
“My daughter has been going to the school for the past 3 years and loves it. She is thriving at all subjects and most importantly enjoys going to school each day. She has a great rapport with all the staff and teachers there.”
“My children are very happy at Woodlands and they really like their teachers”
“I am very happy with my child’s progress at Woodlands. I will be enrolling my 3 & 4 year olds here as well”
“Thank you so much for everything that you do”
“Thank you again for taking us in and being so wonderfully welcoming to us”
Breakfast Club: 8am drop off, £3 a session with a flexible booking system.
For busy parents, we offer a breakfast club which includes a healthy meal to get pupils off to a good start to their school day. A choice of cereals, fresh juice, milk, toast and bagels are available. Breakfast club offers a high standard of care with fun and stimulating activities for your children.
After School Care: Runs from 3.15pm – 6pm (Friday till 5pm), £7.50 a session with a flexible booking system.
Woodlands offers After School Care from Monday to Friday with a variety of activities, allowing children to play, learn and develop. Children will receive a healthy tea-time snack to keep them going.
At Woodlands we are proud to be a founding Member of the Grand Union Multi-Academy Trust through which, we partner with Featherstone High School (an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ school and member of ‘World Class Schools’).
This partnership brings many benefits to our school. We are sharing expertise and resources and in particular benefiting from support with English, Maths, Science, French, P.E. and Art. This is a fantastic opportunity for Woodlands primary pupils to work with Featherstone High School teachers. We have participated in collaborative projects across the two schools and Woodland’s pupils are enjoying the challenge. Through the Featherstone School Sport Partnership, our pupils are given more opportunities to get involved with sporting competitions and tournaments with other schools. Year 6 also have a specialist Science teacher who teaches them once a week, to help them with their transition towards Science in High School. Years 3,4,5 and 6 also benefit from a weekly French lesson taught by a specialist French teacher from Featherstone High School.
The Trust is able to help us make our resources go further, helping us deliver training sessions, making sure we have excellent IT systems, offering support with finance expertise and increasing our communication with parents.
Executive Headteacher of Grand Union Multi Academy Trust: Nathan Walters
If you are interested in finding out more about the GUMAT, please contact Nathan Walters at:
Address: Featherstone High School 11 Montague Waye, Southall Middlesex UB2 5HF.
Tel: 02088 430 984
Unlike many other local schools, Woodlands is very lucky to have extensive playing grounds. This means our children get to play out in the open and take part in many different sporting activities. It is so important for children to have plenty of outdoor space to play and learn in and here at Woodlands we can provide that.
Woodlands is tucked away in a safe and quiet location. Our setting is green and leafy and away from busy main roads. Parking is also plentiful in the local area, making school drop offs easier.
We operate a soft start to the day, meaning you can drop your child off before registration and they can begin learning straight away.
This year we have developed our very own Forest School area and we have started Forest School sessions with our nursery pupils. Mrs Sherborne, our EYFS Lead, continues to work hard to facilitate the Forest School, with the support of Mr Grant, our Sports Coach and Learning Mentor.
Activities in the Forest School include making dens, swings and rope bridges, looking for minibeasts, making a dinosaur swamp and building fairy houses. Some of the older pupils in the school have the opportunity to join the sessions to help out the younger pupils and be positive role models for them. Our Forest Area is also used by classes for activities linked to the curriculum, particularly Science and PSHE.
“Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are good. Pupils are respectful, keen to
learn and take responsibility well.” Ofsted 2019
We feel very strongly at Woodlands that children need to be creative and active. We want our pupils to be well rounded and to give them the tools to be successful and happy.
The creative arts help children develop on many fundamental levels and there is lots of fun to be had too. Being creative allows our children to express themselves and has been shown to feed into academic achievement. Younger children increase their motor skills and it builds confidence for all age groups.
At Woodlands, we believe that being active is so important. Not only does it prevent obesity and related issues, it has a positive impact on cognitive skills and academic behaviour. It is fun and encourages team work and co-ordination. We are lucky to have such extensive grounds to organise sports games at lunchtimes, hold successful sports days and run after school sports clubs.
Working with the Featherstone School Sport Partnership, pupils have been given opportunities to learn many varied sports such as Boccia, Curling, Archery and Trigolf. Our pupils represent our school fantastically when they attend these extra curricular activities.
At Woodlands, we value the importance of discussing feelings and emotions so that children can achieve their full potential at school by being happy and ready to learn. Children know how to keep themselves safe in school and who they can talk to about their feelings. We discuss the 5 ways to look after wellbeing- be active, stay connected, give, take notice and keep learning. We celebrate successes in our weekly Celebration Assembly, linked to our focus school value of the week and curriculum focus.
- We have a Worry Box (in class)/ Worry Button (online) which children use to write down any worries and a Calm Corner which is a space that children can use to regulate their emotions.
- We have a Calm Club at lunchtimes for KS1 and KS2 pupils, where children can play games inside and talk their their friends in a calm space off the playground.
- Staff use regular check ins with children to see how they are feeling and discuss strategies they can use to feel happy and ready for learning.
- We have a Sensory Room which is used by children who need to have a calming, quiet space to focus on a short activity or regulate their emotions.
- We have Year 5 Wellbeing Champions who help out in the dining hall to encourage healthy eating and outside they lead the High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts with our sports coach at the end of playtimes.
- We are fortunate to work closely with the Ealing Mental Health Team (EMHT) who provide us with 1:1 parenting support programmes, pupil 1:1 support and whole class interventions. Speak to Ms Moxom if you feel that your child needs wellbeing support.
In October 2021, our new Woodlands School Library opened. After the fitting of a new roof, bespoke furniture, a new interactive screen, new Chromebooks and a big batch of new books, we celebrated with special library visits, poetry activities and a Poetry Party. Since then, our new library has become the hub of our school. Surrounded by the classrooms, it is a place where pupils can visit and share their love for reading. The books are categorised into different genres and pupils can loan out a book when they visit the library once a week with their class. We have a scanning system and each pupil has a barcode card so they can borrow books, just like in a public library.
Mrs Kanval, our English Lead, led and coordinated the Library Project and continues to work alongside the Year 6 Librarians to ensure that the library space is kept relevant and fresh, often celebrating themed weeks throughout the year, such as Anti Bullying Week, Black History Month, Fairtrade Fortnight, Safer Internet Day and World Book Day. The library space is also a learning hub for small groups and interventions.
Our Year 6 Pupil Librarians volunteer their time during their lunchtimes to provide extra opportunities for pupils to visit the library and listen to the younger children read.
At Woodlands Academy, we aim to provide all pupils with a high quality music education which engages and inspires them to develop a life-long love of music, increases their self-confidence, creativity and imagination.
Mr Jones, our specialist Music Teacher delivers a progressive and vibrant curriculum, where children participate in a wide range of activities to develop their talents in all aspects of music including rhythm work, instrumental skills, composition, singing and appreciation. Opportunities to develop children’s love of music include workshops and trips.
We also recognise the many benefits of learning an instrument and participating in smaller ensembles and the school provides numerous opportunities for this.
The following opportunities are available to our pupils:
- Year 5 learn the saxophone as a class with a specialist teacher from Ealing Music Service throughout the year.
- Children in Year 6 are offered the opportunity to continue learning saxophone with our specialist teacher.
- A weekly music assembly with opportunities for performance from students.
- School choir weekly practice and performance opportunities.
- Termly music concerts for pupils and ensembles to showcase their skills.
- Weekly piano lessons are available with Mr Jones.
- Woodlands Academy Choir for KS2 Children explores a wide range of music and performs at events throughout Ealing.
- Recorder Club for KS1.
At Woodlands, we are very lucky to have a special relationship with the London Broncos Rugby Team. It is so important for young children to have positive role models to look up to, and the players from the Broncos dedicate their own time to support the school in this aim.
Our Sports Coach, Mr Grant plays for The London Broncos himself and is now inspiring our pupils to become more involved in sports and get more active. He also works with children to improve their resilience and wellbeing through weekly nurture groups.
London Broncos players provide our school with targeted programmes to help pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 with their mindset, in sessions called ‘Getting Match Fit’. These sessions involve classroom based learning followed by rugby/fun games.
Over the past few years, we have developed a special relationship with the charity ‘Our Time’ who work to support and raise awareness about parental mental health. They have provided our staff with training to support pupils and we have used their PSHE resources to help pupils further understand what mental health and wellbeing is. Pupils at Woodlands learn about how we all have mental health and ways we can look after ourselves and others.
As a result of our continuing work with ‘Our Time’, Joe Wicks visited our school as part of his ongoing work on mental health to find out how schools can discuss these topics with children. He did his famous PE workout session for our pupils in the playground and got involved in a lesson in the classroom.
Each month, we host the Kidstime Workshops in our school, which are run by the Our Time team, consisting of a drama facilitator and practitioners. These workshops give families a safe space to discuss their mental health. Contact Ms Moxom if you would like support with your mental health.
Move For Your Mood
In addition, a group of our pupils have been involved in filming short High Intensity Workouts to promote Our Time’s belief that exercise is a great way to improve our mood. Take a look at the ‘Move For Your Mood’ promotional pack.
We hope we have given you plenty of reasons to consider Woodlands for your child. If you would like to find out more, or want to come and see for yourself, don’t hesitate to get in touch.