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Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form
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Out of County Specialist Provision

Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form 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 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 and develop independent living skills and a clear sense of identity, enabling them to contribute to society in adult life.

The individual needs of students are met through therapy and educational programmes, underpinned by high-quality care.


Who to contact

Contact name
Caroline Parker
Contact position
Group Referrals Manager
01332 378 840
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Where to go

Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form
DE56 2SR

Other details


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Age ranges
From 5 years to 19 years
Referral required
Referral details

If you are interested in your child having a place at the school. Please contact:

Caroline Parker
Group Referrals Manager
Tel: 01332 378 840

We will carry out a multi-disciplinary assessment to confirm that we can meet your child’s needs, determining the
education, health and care packages required. Assessments usually take between one and four days. We will plan your child’s  transition with you and relevant professionals to
ensure this is as smooth as possible.

International students

The SENAD Group holds a Tier 4 (child) Sponsor Licence which enables us to consider applications for students from overseas.

 For more information please contact: Caroline Parker, Group Referrals Manager Tel: 01332 378 840 Email:

Full up-to-date information for the UKVI (United Kingdom Visas and Immigration)/Home Office may be found at

Inclusion details

How we make our service inclusive

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

We have a very high ratio of staff to students across both education and care. Class sizes are very small. Ongoing regular training ensures that staff are proactive and flexible in meeting students’ needs.

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

Staff SEND experience

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.

How our service supports providers / schools / colleges

We have strong links with local providers, schools and colleges. Many of our students attend local mainstream coolege to study course and experience learning in a manistream environment. We also work with collegues from other services to ensure they are awre of the needs of children and young people with autism.

Support at key transition points

We understand that changes can be worrying for students and their families and therefore transitions are managed in a timely and sensitive way.

We ensure that students make numerous visits to new settings with their Key Worker. Staff may transfer departments with the student or receiving staff will have had opportunities to get to know the student and will have received training to support their individual needs.

From the age of 14 years we start the transition planning process in liaison with parents and professionals. The process involves considering future options and identifying an appropriate ongoing placement that appropriately meets individual needs.

Throughout their time at the school we work to develop life skills to enable students to become as independent as possible as they move into adulthood. This includes building their confidence and self-esteem, developing their communication skills, giving them the ability to self-manage their behaviours and social skills, the ability to keep themselves safe, developing their ability to take care of personal hygiene and shopping and cooking skills.

Other local or national support

Please visit our parent resourse page of our website.

Resolving disagreements, mediation and making complaints

Our complaints procedure is accessible from our website.

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Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form here...

Last updated: 01/07/2022

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