Alderwasley Hall School
Special needs catered for
Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form Centre provides specialist education, therapy and care for children and young people with Aspergers and/or complex speech, language and communication needs. We are able to offer day placements, as well as arrange of flexible residential placements.
The school has a range of specialist facilities across the School and Sixth form Centre sites:
- Life Skills Residential Cottage
- Science Laboratory’s
- Technology Suite
- Hair and Beauty Salon
- Music Suite
- Art and Design Suite
- Horticultural area
- Climbing wall
- Swimming Pool
- Gym/fitness suite
- Squash/badminton courts
- Sensory integration therapy suites
Support services provided
Students will receive support from a range of specialist staff, including one of the largest Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy school teams in the United Kingdom.
All students have access to both SLT and OT, with the level and type of the provision reflecting each individual student’s needs. Every student is allocated to a specific SLT and OT, who works with a Tutor group for at least one school year. This enables the Therapists to develop a thorough knowledge of the needs of each student, and to acquire a sound understanding of how these needs impact upon his/her daily life.
We also have an integrated Mental Health Team comprising of 2 Psychotherapists who offer a range of interventions. We also have access to a local Educational Psychologist as required.
We have a Health Promotions Manager who liaises with all medical professionals in conjunction with parents. The Health Promotions Manager monitors medication and arranges training for all staff on medical administration and systems. They also lead on the ‘Healthy School’ initiatives.
Home school links
We work closely with parents in all aspects of their child’s placement with us. We have a parent support group, which meets six times a year to network and to share experiences. We also have a school trust which runs fund raising events throughout the school year. We encourage parents to be as involved as possible in both groups.
We have strong links with mainstream schools and colleges as well strong community links.
The school sits across two separate locations, within a couple of miles of each other. Both sites are situated within the peaceful Derbyshire countryside but have easy access to main roads and transport links.
We have a primary centre which is the base for young people aged 5 to 11 years.
We have a number of residential houses across both sites.
Aims and philosophy
The aim of all aspects of the curriculum is to prepare students for adult life by developing the skills, knowledge and understanding which they need to choose, set and achieve their personal goals and to live their lives to their full potential.. Those goals may include academic aspirations, vocational or career plans, hopes for independent living, choices of rewarding leisure and recreational pursuits, all underpinned by the ability to form strong social and personal relationships.
- Meet a student’s speech, language and communication needs and special educational needs
- Increase their independence
- Increase their personal and social skills
- Promote self-empowerment so that they are able to make reasoned, positive life choices