Pinderfields Hospital

Pupil Referral Unit

Woodlands Centre

College Grove, Castleford

WF10 5NS

01977 723 038




About Us

Woodlands Centre with Nurture is a small specialist school for children who are 5 to 11 years old.

We have up to 16 children. All children have profound social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH). Many children have communication and interaction needs as well.

Children learn and gain skills to enable them to reach their full potential, this includes English and Maths.  However, our curriculum also has a strong emphasis on developing emotional regulation and the skills to engage with learning in a nurturing environment.

We provide:

  • A specialist curriculum to meet children’s SEMH
  • Specialist interventions outlined in their Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • A high level of adult support

We are on the site of a mainstream school (Ackton Pastures). We have good links with the school which allows us to work together on things like school dinners or cleaning. However, we are a specialist setting that is fully separate from the school.

The setting incorporates the Nurture Principles. These help provide a safe, supportive environment to learn. For more info on nurture, please see


  • There are two main threads to our curriculum: Academic and Nurture.
  • For further information about our curriculum, including our curriculum statement which shares the intent which underpins it, the way we implement our curriculum, and how the impact of this is measures, please click here.

Interventions and Therapies

We provide a range of interventions. These are often outlined in the child’s EHCP.

We also assess each child’s SEMH needs using a system called the Boxall profile.

Our responses vary from child to child and term to term. They include:

  • Five Point Scale
  • Nurture Talk
  • Therapeutic story writing
  • Talking Partners
  • Social Stories
  • Circle time
  • Lego Therapy
  • I am Special
  • All about Me work
  • Blob Trees

If we need extra SEND advice, we work with various services. For example, we can link with Educational Psychology, Occupational Therapy, CAMHS or Speech and Language. We always ask parental consent before we make any referral to these services.



                      Headteacher                            Assistant Headteacher

      Designated Safeguarding Lead                      Deputy DSL

                  Helen Mumby                                               Joanne Kershaw



              Teacher in Charge                                       Teacher

       Deputy DSL                                   James Cuddy

                   To follow                                                    




                  Teaching Assistant                         Teaching Assistant

                  Hayley Goring                                              Rachel Scholey           




                    Teaching Assistant                         Teaching Assistant

                  Rachel Carrigan                                              Kate Meadows           



          Teaching Assistant                         Teaching Assistant

                  Alissa Ramsdale                                              Katie Redfern           




         Teaching Assistant                         Teaching Assistant

                  Emily Scrupps                                              Rebekah Standing          



          Teaching Assistant                         

                  Suzanne Wadey                                                      




All our children have an Education Health and Care Plan. Typically, parents request a place at Woodlands via an EHCP Annual Review (or early annual review).


Prior to admission:

  • There will have been concerns regarding the child’s SEND and the best setting for them.
  • Extra professionals will already be involved (e.g. Educational Psychologist, Advisory Teachers from the Wakefield’s Inclusion Team) 


The next steps are:

  1. The request for a place is considered by the Education Health and Care Panel. This is an expert panel that meets weekly at Normanton Town Hall.
  2. SENART, on behalf of the panel, usually consult us by sending the EHCP and any other useful information about your child.
  3. If we have any free places, we consider if we would be suitable for your child.
  4. If we can meet your child’s needs, we confirm this to SENART.
  5. SENART either issue an EHCP naming us as your new school, or send our response to the panel for further consideration.

If a place is approved, we contact you (or feel free to get in touch) to chat about the next steps towards joining us.

Parent Comments

  • "He is thriving and doing so well, he's had star of the week twice and is really excelling in everything.
    It definitely was the right thing to do to move him to Woodlands. He's loving school and looks forward to going everyday, to see his friends....which makes me happy as he's never said that before."  
  • "He is always smiling and cannot wait to tell us what he has done.."


  • "I’m overwhelmed at how much progress in mental health, understanding herself and others and general happiness my child is experiencing."


  •  "He is rewarded and praised for the basic tasks which is so important. The staff are so friendly, patient and engaging."


  • "He has learnt to read which is big progress. He has also been doing work and joining in, whereas before he refused."


  • "My child wasn’t able to write when he started the resource. He is now writing and you can read it as well."


  • "Our first EHCP review took place recently and I have never had positive feedback like at that meeting! Equally, I no longer feel judged and under pressure." 


  • "He loves school. He would come to school weekends if he could.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch via email or phone:

We are based in Castleford, on the site of Ackton Pastures Primary School.

Find out More

  • Our General Information page has even more information. Click here.
  • Our Thornes page has information about our sister school at Thornes, in Wakefield. Click here.