Simon Bishop (Headteacher)
Woodeaton Manor School,

Tel: 01865 558722

Parents & Carers Meetings

On the 2nd Monday of every half term parents and carers are invited to attend a session covering a range of topics.
Meetings usually start at 7pm with refreshments provided.

Residential Facility

Woodeaton Manor School provides flexible boarding arrangements for up to 12 pupils, one night per week during term time.

All children and young people have these fundamental rights while in our care:

  • To be valued as an individual
  • To be treated with dignity and respect
  • To be cared for as a child first
  • To be safe


A team of residential staff takes responsibility for these pupils after the school day until the following morning. The residential provision is staffed by a Head of Care, a Residential Care Worker (RCW) and a Residential Care Worker who also works in the daytime provision. Every pupil is assigned a key worker (a Residential Care Worker (RCW)) who is responsible for their care and also as a contact between school and home through the use of the Home/School book, telephone and/or e-mail.  Each member of the residential staff: -

  • Takes specific responsibility for a small number of pupils; using individual care plans to identify social, emotional and behavioural needs and developing achievable and unambiguous targets with the collaboration of the pupil. 
  • Regularly assesses and evaluates the pupil’s progress in all aspects of residence and provides strategies to promote development and growth.
  • Maintains individual files and provides information and reports when required.
  • Takes general responsibility for all pupils, sharing observations and concerns with appropriate members of staff.
  • Provides and facilitates opportunities for personal, social, health and educational skills to develop.
  • Encourages pupils to take responsibility for their own actions, providing guidance and counselling when necessary.
  • Liaises with: -
    • Parents or Carers on a regular basis.
    • Other agencies when considered appropriate.


Care plans are used by Residential staff to reflect the aims and objectives of the whole school plan. They take into account the resident’s individual needs, and allow for the development and enrichment of their lives. They also highlight the resident’s strengths, limitations, problems and targets.

Care plans are always discussed and developed with the co-ordination of the resident, taking note of and including any areas they need to work on. The areas covered include: self-care skills, independent living skills and socialisation skills.

Residence is available to pupils to aid the implementation of the twenty-four hour curriculum, to support and encourage the pupils in their intellectual, behavioural and social development and to foster physical, emotional and spiritual growth. Residence provides a safe, empathetic, enjoyable environment to facilitate the move towards independence. The residential staff endeavour to inspire confidence and build self-esteem, to empower the pupils to make decisions and to accept responsibility for their actions.

The main residential area, known as the Annexe, is based in a converted coach house, within the school grounds close to the main building; this is divided into two areas: one for the male residents and the other for the female residents. The male residential area comprises four two bedded bedrooms, sitting room, computer room, multi-gym, ‘family’ room, and a large playroom, plus the necessary bathrooms and staff sleeping-in rooms. The female residential area comprises two, two bedded bedrooms, a large sitting room with its own kitchenette, bathroom and staff sleeping-in rooms.

Two semi-detached cottages stand within the grounds; one of these is used to assist the residents with self-help and life skills.

Renovation -

During the recent refurbishment of the Annexe, the residents chose the wall colours, carpets and flooring for the rooms that were decorated, then before the summer break, all the residents had the opportunity to visit various furniture shops to choose new furniture for their bedrooms.


The quality of the residential provision is outstanding. Both communal areas and dormitories are decorated and furnished to a high standard. The quality of pastoral support is excellent. (Ofsted, 2012)


Residential pupils develop social skills and become less socially isolated as a result of spending time with their friends.

Residents at Woodeaton are encouraged to use their leisure time positively. They are given a choice of many and varied activities. It is considered that the activity programme should:

  • Develop skills and increase knowledge
  • Make life more interesting and stimulating
  • Give a sense of achievement and personal satisfaction
  • Create opportunities for the growth of personal and social relationships
  • Aid the acquisition of skills necessary to become part of a group as well as a fulfilled individual


What Ofsted says:

Since Woodeaton’s re-designation as a BESD school, residence has received ten consecutive ‘Outstanding’ statuses in the following inspections:



Residential pupils make excellent progress in all aspects of their development. Most have previously been excluded from successive educational placements and the school successfully reverses this trend.

(Ofsted, 2013)

The programme of on and off-site activities is stimulating, varied and interesting, and residential pupils develop intellectually, socially and physically by taking part in this.

(Ofsted, 2012)

The school successfully challenges pre-conceptions and barriers within society, and is a strong advocate of inclusion.

(Ofsted 2012)

To view and download the Residential Self Evaluation and the Child Friendly Brochure follow this link