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  • Alderwasley Hall School
    DE56 2SR
  • Head: Ms Sara Forsyth
  • T 01629 822586
  • F 01629 826661
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A special independent school for boys and girls aged from 5 to 20. Type of SEN provision: ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder; Aspergers; Dyspraxia; Mental health; SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Derbyshire
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: From 62,900
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the school says...

Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form Centre specialise in working with children and young people with severe and complex Speech, Language and Communication Needs incorporating High Functioning Autism. We have over 26 years of nationally recognised skill and experience within the educational field of ASD and Communication and our team of Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists is one of the largest in any school across the country. This, alongside our Mental Health Team provides us with an unrivalled level of expertise.

Our underpinning ethos of “Unconditional Positive Regard and fulfilment in life” guides all that we do and our outstanding outcomes, we believe, speak for themselves. We provide each young person with academic and social challenge through highly personalised, creatively designed programmes and curricula along with an extremely strong, well-established pastoral system of support, care and guidance. This gives young people an exceptional chance to fulfil their academic, social and independence potential.

Our Aim is to deliver the best educational provision for young people with Specific Language Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome and Autistic Spectrum Disorders’ all of whom experience complex speech, language and communication needs.

The aim of the curriculum is to prepare students for adult life by developing the skills, knowledge and understanding which they need in order to choose, set and achieve their personal goals and live their lives to their full potential. Those goals may include academic aspirations, vocational or career plans, hopes for independent living or choices of rewarding leisure and recreational pursuits, all underpinned by the ability to form strong social and personal relationships.

To summarise, our aims are to:

• Fulfil social and communication potential
• Fulfil academic potential
• Provide a memorable and enjoyable experience
• Fulfil independence potential

We can offer a range of flexible placement options to children and young people from across the UK, including:

52 week residential – full residential care; our sites are registered as children's homes
38 week residential – part-time residential care midweek
39 to 51 week residential – where there is a need to provide additional residential support to meet the needs of the young person and their family
Day placements
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Special Education Needs

The children and young people at Alderwasley Hall School have difficulties with speech, language and communication. A large percentage of students are on the autistic spectrum (including Aspergers) and a small number have associated behavioural difficulties. The school offers small classes, a high ratio of speech and language therapists to students, and also offers occupational therapy provision. We can offer a range of flexible placement options to children and young people from across the UK, including: 52 week residential (full residential care, our sites are registered as children's homes); 38 week residential; part-time residential care 39 to 51 weeks – where there is a need to provide additional residential support to meet the needs of the young person and their family; and day placements.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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