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Alderwasley Hall School Specialist Day and Residential School

Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form Centre is a specialist day and residential school for children amd young people aged 5 - 19 years with specific language disorders, Aspergers Syndrome and High Functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorders, all of whom experience complex speech, language and communication difficulties.

We also have expertise in working with young people with an Acquired Brain Injury.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Caroline Parker
Contact Position
Group Referrals Manager
Telephone
01332 378 840
E-mail
info@senadgroup.com
Website
senadgroup.com

Where to go

Name
Alderwasely Hall School
Address
Alderwasley
Belper
Derbyshire
Postcode
DE56 2SR

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
From £62,900 Per Year

Availability

Age Ranges
5 - 19 years
Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Funded placements will require approval by the Local Authority. You are advised to contact the Education, Health and Care Plan Co-ordinator who has been involved with your child, in the first instance, if you wish to consider a placement at an independent special school

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Description

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 inworking 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 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 thereferral and the assessment process. After we have assessed your child we send our assessment report to the LocalAuthority. 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 studypathways are individually tailored to met 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 ourstudents’ 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. 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 Centre offers post 16 students a highly individualised educational, therapeutic and residential programme aimed at addressing the transition from Key Stage 4 to adulthood.

Young people who reside are allocated a Key Worker who is dedicated to ensuring that their individual needs are met. The Key Worker is an important part of our interdisciplinary team and is a key link between the school other professional and parents.

 

 

Contact Name
Caroline Parker
Contact Telephone
01332 378 840
Contact Email
info@senadgroup.com
Links
Alderwasley Hall School - SENAD Group
Alderwasley Hall, Local Offer Brochure

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

1. What kinds of special educational needs does the school/setting make provision for?

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 inworking 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 are met through Therapy and educational programmes, underpinned by high quality care.

3.d) How will the curriculum and learning be matched to my child/young person's needs?

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 thereferral and the assessment process. After we have assessed your child we send our assessment report to the LocalAuthority. 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 studypathways are individually tailored to met 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.

3.e) How are decisions made about the type and amount of support my child/young person will receive?

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

Young people who reside are allocated a Key Worker who is dedicated to ensuring that their individual needs are met. The Key Worker is an important part of our interdisciplinary team and is a key link between the school other professional and parents.

 

 

3.f) How will my child/young person be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?

Enrichment activities are a key part of the learning experiences which make up the curriculum. They encourage the development of personal identity. Confidence and social skills which will enable our students to progress in their life choices when they leave us. Above all they offer students the opportunity to learn that choosing to do new things, to meet new people and join new groups, whilst daunting, can lead to life changing and fun experiences.

Enrichment activities take place at different times of the day and in various forms including lunchtimes, evening and
weekends. They can include trips to local, regional and international venues and events, visiting speakers,
participation in fundraising activities and being part of the Student Council.

3.g) What support will there be for my child/young person's overall well-being?

The level of support will be established by the multi-disciplinary team prior to the young person joining Alderwasley. As an inclusive school, we welcome and celebrate the needs of young people from diverse backgrounds.

All students have a Key Team consisting of Tutor, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Enhanced
Support Worker and a Key Worker (if the young person resides with us). Students have daily access to their Key Team who monitor their well-being and address areas of need throughout the week.

For residential students the pivotal person in the young person’s care is their Key Worker. Each young person is nominated a Key Worker prior to their arrival.

The Key Worker will be the main contact for parents or carers, as well as professionals. They will act as an advocate for the young person, as well as their families and will attend all reviews and key meetings about that young person.
Each young person has a room of their own, personalised for them with help from their Key Worker, from the start of their time at the school.

5. a) What training have staff supporting special educational needs had and what is planned?

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.

7. What are the arrangements for consulting parents of pupils with special educational needs? How will be I involved in the education of my child/young person?

We recognise the important role that you as their parents/family have already played in your child's early care and education. We work closely with you to provide appropriate Care, Education and Therapy for your child.

Parents are integral to our work and we encourage all parents to become fully involved in school life. You will be involved in all key decisions regarding your child’s placement and will be invited to all review meetings. We also encourage parents to visit their child as often as possible.

Alderwasley Parents Together is the school’s parent support group. The group meet six times a year to network and to share experiences. The School Trust supports students to take part in extra curricular activities which they may not have otherwise be able to access due to affordability. We encourage all parents to get as involved as possible in both groups.
 

13. Where can I access further information?

Please call us on 01332 378 840

or email info@senadgroup.com

SEN Information Last Updated On: 13/02/2019
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