Welcome to Alderwasley Hall School

Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and communication difficulties.

Day and 38 to 52 week residential Age: Mixed 5-19

Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form Centre are situated in picturesque Derbyshire, close to the towns of Matlock, Belper and Wirksworth.

We provide specialist education, therapy and care for children and young people aged 5 – 19 years, with speech, language and communication needs and/or Aspergers Syndrome and/or Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

Residential provision rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for both Alderwasley and the Sixth Form Centre; 2016/17

Fulfil social and communication potential

AHS has one of the largest on-site team of HCPC registered Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists who play an active role every aspect of a young person’s placement from the moment they arrive. Each young person is central to their individualised Therapy Programme, ensuring that they feel valued, confident and have a sense of belonging. The school provides a language-rich, personalised, homely and safe environment in which young people can feel supported to develop their social communication skills. Therapy is a key strength of the school. We provide a truly multi-disciplinary team around every placement.

‘Students’ social development improves well during their time in the school’ Ofsted – December 2011.

‘The cohesive multi-disciplinary approach in which expertise is shared is a strength of the school and has a significant impact’ Ofsted – December 2011

Fulfil academic potential

The school provides an extensive curriculum to meet the many and varied needs of each individual young person.  Personalised timetables are constructed around the needs of each young person with a clear emphasis on matching pathways to aspirations and future plans.  The Independent Placement and Transition Plan (IPTP) provides a twice-yearly opportunity for all stakeholders involved in a young person’s placement to discuss the Transition Pathway and set targets that are wholly individualised.  The curriculum provides for opportunities to study courses from Entry Level 3, to A Level incorporating courses aimed at enriching the opportunities for young people to engage in new experiences. The destinations of our leavers illustrate the positive impact that we have on the fulfilling of academic potential. The school is extremely skilled and successful at providing individualised placements which improve the school attendance of young people who find attending school challenging.

‘Plans for individual students are carefully tailored around their needs and interests’ Ofsted – December 2011

Provide a memorable and enjoyable school experience for all

Through the embracing of individuality the school and homes offer exciting learning opportunities for young people.  Through these they experience and explore different environments and activities fostering curiosity and boldness, challenging them physically, mentally and socially at an individual pace placing no artificial barriers in their way.  We pride ourselves on how well our young people are supported to create positive memories and long lasting friendships.

Fulfil independence potential

The school provides outstanding opportunities for young people to develop and improve their independence skills, with the emphasis on transferring these skills across all settings, as they progress through the school.  Every young person in Key 1 – Key Stage 4 engages in our bespoke Life Skills Curriculum which is planned and delivered by the Multi-disciplinary team (incorporating, SLT, OT, Tutor and Teaching Assistants) and is fully tailored to the individual needs of each young person.  The emphasis on Life/Transition Skills is increased at our Sixth Form, with each young person receiving up to five hours of bespoke Life Skills teaching, tailored to their transition to the next phase of Education and life.  Where a young person has a residential placement, the teaching of target-based life skills and independence continues on into the evenings, weekends and holidays.  We value the support of all parents in the continued development of these skills within the home environment. The preparation for life beyond school is firmly placed at the heart of all we do. The progress made in this area of our young peoples’ lives is outstanding.

‘Students have positive views about their futures and are supported to make decisions about the next stages of their lives’ Ofsted – December 2011

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