Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form Centre

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Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form Centre is an independent specialist day and residential school for young people aged 5 to 19 years with Specific Language Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorders, all of whom experience complex speech, language and communication needs.  We also have expertise in working with children and young people with Acquired Brain Injury.

The School and Sixth Form Centre are located on separate sites within five miles of  each other and are situated in Derbyshire, close to the towns of Matlock, Belper and Wirksworth. The City of Derby is also within easy access.

The aim of all aspects of the curriculum is to prepare students for adult life by fulfilling their social and academic potential. Young people are supported to develop and achieve  academic  and  vocational plans, develop independent living skills  and a clear sense of identity enabling them to contribute to society in adult life.

The individual needs of students, as set out in their Education, Health and Care Plan are met through therapy  and  educational programmes, underpinned by high quality care.

How is a decision made about the type and level of support my child will receive?

This is determined through the requirements in your child’s Statement of Special Education Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan and other information gained during the referral and the assessment process.  After we have assessed your child we send our assessment report to the Local  Authority.  The Local Authority and other agencies then review the report and agree whether or not to fund your child’s placement at the school.

Your child will receive a broad and balanced curriculum which takes into account their needs.  Timetables and student pathways are individually tailored to meet need, ability and aspirations.  Targets for your child’s progress (known as outcomes) are set when your child starts at the school and there is an ongoing assessment  and review of progress against these targets.

How will staff support my child?

We have a multi-disciplinary team approach which includes Teachers, Therapists, Care Staff and Specialist Support Staff. This ensures that all areas of our students’ needs are met. Any difficulties are addressed quickly and effectively and our students’ progress is constantly monitored.  In addition we can ensure effective liaison with parents and placing Local Authorities.

We have a very high ratio of staff to students across both education and care. Class sizes are very small.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs and how do you track my child’s progress?

The aim of all aspects of the curriculum is to prepare students for adult life by developing the social skills, knowledge and understanding needed to choose, set and achieve personal goals. These may include academic or vocational plans, hopes for independent living or choices of rewarding leisure and recreational  pursuits.  Our curriculum is broad and delivered from Entry Level to Level Three qualifications.

We have close links with local further education colleges to support a wide range of courses to suit career aspirations. Targets for your child’s progress  are set when your child starts at the school and there is an ongoing assessment  and review of progress against these targets. Targets are set for education, therapy and also care where a child has a residential placement.  Progress is recorded and evidence collated.  Parents and professionals are involved in these reviews.

Younger students, aged 5 to 11 years are taught in our Primary Centre. They are taught by a very small number of familiar staff and follow a primary curriculum.

At Key Stage 3, young people gradually begin to widen their sphere of familiar staff and access a greater range of specialist resource bases. When they reach Key Stage 4, young people will follow individualised timetables incorporating Entry Level and GCSE subjects along with a range of other subjects which are taught in tutor groups.

Our Sixth Form Centre offers post 16 students a highly  individualised educational, therapeutic and residential programme aimed at addressing the transition from Key Stage 4 to adulthood.

What specialist services, training and expertise are available?

We have an interdisciplinary team consisting of highly skilled and experienced Education, Care and Therapy staff.

As part of their induction all staff undertake a comprehensive  training programme which includes mandatory training.  Staff are given additional training over their probationary period which is specific to meeting the needs of the students. All staff working in Children’s Residential services are supported to complete Diploma Level 3 Children and Young People’s Workforce. Registered Managers are supported to achieve Diploma Level 5 Leadership and Management in Residential Services. Training is regularly refreshed and any improvements and alterations to best practice are cascaded throughout the school.

We have a large onsite team of Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists. The Therapy team work with the students to address individual needs to provide strategies to access learning, to lead healthy and fulfilling lives and to communicate effectively and with confidence.  The team involve staff and parents in the provision to ensure consistency of approach and success.  In addition the Therapists play an important role in training staff and parents.  As part of induction new staff have an introduction into the Therapy needs of the students. This is followed by further workshops in which staff develop knowledge, strategies and skills for working with specific areas of need.

In addition we have an integrated Mental Health Team comprising two Psychotherapists who provide weekly support for staff and where necessary, the school has access to a local Educational Psychologist.

We also have a Health Promotions Manager who oversees the well-being, medical and health needs of students. We have excellent links with the local GP practice, Dentist and Opticians.

 

 

 

 

 

Age 5 to 19 years
Cost Day placements start from £54,942 per annum
Referral details If you are interested in your child having a place at the school. Please contact:
Special provisions Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form Centre is an independent specialist day and residential school for young people aged 5 to 19 years with Specific Language Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorders, all of whom experience complex speech, language and communication needs. We also have expertise in working with children and young people with Acquired Brain Injury. The School and Sixth Form Centre are located on separate sites within five miles of each other and are situated in Derbyshire, close to the towns of Matlock, Belper and Wirksworth. The City of Derby is also within easy access. The aim of all aspects of the curriculum is to prepare students for adult life by fulfilling their social and academic potential. Young people are supported to develop and achieve academic and vocational plans, develop independent living skills and a clear sense of identity enabling them to contribute to society in adult life. The individual needs of students, as set out in their Education, Care and Health Plan are met through Therapy and educational programmes, underpinned by high quality care.
Ofsted report http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/113021
SEN type
  • Cognition and learning
  • Communication and interaction
  • Sensory or physical
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