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.

Admissions Arrangements

We are a community, county-wide special school for children with severe emotional and social difficulties in Oxfordshire.

Parents/carers who are interested in the possibility of their child joining the school should phone to arrange a visit and a meeting with the Headteacher. These visits usually take place outside school hours without the child being present. The final decision on admissions to Special Schools in Oxfordshire rests with the Local Authority, Oxfordshire County Council. The admission of pupils is therefore finalised through a process of negotiation involving parents/carers, the school and the Local Authority.

If you have any questions about Special School placements please discuss them with:

  • the SENCO in your child's current placement
  • the Early Years SEN Team for your area:
    • Central - 01865 456726
    • North - 01865 816663
    • South - 01865 323556
  • the SEN Casework Team for your area:
  • SENDIASS SEN & Disability Information Advice and Support Service  (formerly Parent Partnership)


Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) is the admissions authority for the school. For all admissions, please contact:

School Admission Team
County Hall, New Road

Tel: 01865 815175


Indicators for admission to Woodeaton – a Special School for pupils in Key Stage 2/3/4/5 with severe emotional and social difficulties, including attachment difficulties and autism, but excluding ADHD.

  1. Child Indicators


1.1 Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across contexts, not accounted for by general development delays.

1.2 Restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests, or activities.

1.3 The above signs must be present in early childhood (but may not become fully  evident until social demands exceed limited capacities).

1.4 The signs together limit and impair everyday function.

1.5 Child is in KS2 or older, either boys or girls.

1.6 The pupil has an EHCP.

1.7 Abilities are within the broad average range but indicators cause difficulty in making academic progress. If a child has not been entered for SATS at KS2 or has a result below 100, evidence will be required that the child can work within the broad average range over time

1.8 Child should not present as having moderate cognition difficulties.

1.9 There are indications that the child cannot or is unlikely to cope socially and emotionally in a mainstream school setting and is distressed by the experience.

1.10 Prime need is autism/anxiety


  1. Additional indicators


2.1 Specific learning difficulties which may be due to: dyslexia, dyspraxia, stress/withdrawal, experiences of trauma.

2.2 A child in need of additional/alternative care: child in the Looked After System, Adopted, Kinship Care, Special Guardianship Order.


  1. Family Indicators


3.1 Family difficulties, which may include mental health issues, limited family support, family breakdown.

3.2 History of loss/bereavements and moves of school or home.

3.3 Evidence of significant dysfunction in the child’s/family’s social life provided by Agencies: Educational Psychology, CAMHS, Health, Social Care.

  1. Professional/agency assessment of indicators


4.1 A developmental assessment over time of the child and his/her difficulties.

4.2 Evidence of significant under achievement and under functioning in school evidenced by the involvement of agencies: in-school support, Educational Psychology, outreach services, CAMHS.


  1. Admission restrictions


5.1 As of 2017, new demands on GCSE syllabi dictates that admission beyond the very beginning of Year 10 will not be possible


  1. Parents and Carers


6.1 Parents and Carers should have visited Woodeaton Manor School and expressed an interest for a preference for a special school placement, which is agreed by the OCC Moderation Panel followed by consideration a Countywide Admission Policy (CAP) meeting.

Applications for admission to the school should provide evidence of all the child indicators and any other indicators that apply.