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Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form cater for students with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). The range of difficulties that the school is able to meet includes:

  • A specific language impairment (SLI)
  • Selective mutism
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Aspergers

All of our students’ academic ability lies broadly within the average (or just below the
average) range for their age.

We are able to arrange free, no obligation observational assessments.

Admissions procedure:

Call us to arrange to visit the school and let your local authority know that you would like you child to attend Alderwasley Hall School for an assessment.

Caroline Parker, Group Referrals Manager. Tel: 01332 378 840

If your local authority supports your request for a placement they will send us your child’s referral papers. If they do not support your request please contact the Assessment Team for advice.

Once we have received your child’s papers and met them personally we make a decision whether to invite your child for assessment. Assessments usually take between two and four days. Assessments for students with very complex needs can last up to 6 weeks to ensure appropriate study of needs.

After the assessment has taken place we report our findings to the Local Authority and parents confirming if a placement at the school would be suitable or not.

A child doesn’t need specific qualifications to get a place with us. We simply need to feel confident that we have the resources and expertise to help them gain an education and reach their potential. We accept children and young people from all backgrounds, from across the UK and abroad

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

Use our online enquiry form to request information on making a referral or assessment.

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