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Aran Hall School - SENAD Group

Aran Hall School provides flexible 30 to 52 week residential care with education to children and young people with a range of learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders, both with associated severe challenging behaviour.

We have also developed a programme for young people who present sexually harmful behaviour (SHB). The programme aims to reduce SHB via a reward programme for appropriate behaviour, sex education, counselling and cognitive behaviour therapy.

Our focus is to provide a safe, stable and nurturing environment where young people's skills and aspirations can be encouraged to develop and they can prepare for adulthood. By providing care and education on the same site we ensure that children’s individual programmes are delivered consistently.

We develop education, care and behavioural management programmes for each student. These programmes are evidence based which enable us to demonstrate students achievements. We are leader in conducting and publishing clinical research that evaluates the effectiveness of the innovative programmes we run. 

Local Offer

You can read our Local Offer report to find out more about our school.

Who to contact

01332 378 840

Where to go

Name of Venue
Aran Hall School
Venue Address
Nr Dolgellau
LL40 2AR
Venue Notes

The primary aim of education is to provide each young person with a broad and balanced curriculum that is relevant to their individual needs.

We use ASDAN as the main focus of curriculum delivery.

From their Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care plan each student receives an individualised education plan which is developed in

consultation with parents, carers and professionals. This is reviewed once a term with a full education review once a year.

To enable students to access their education we have developed a strong behavioural management programmeusing the expertise of our Consultant Psychologist.

This allows staff to develop risk assessment and behaviour management plan in order to reduce the frequency and the severity of students challenging behaviour. These plans are frequently reviewed.

We have an interdisciplinary team consisting of highly skilled and experienced of Teachers, classroom support staff and care staff. We have high level of staffing both in the classroom and in the homes so students feel supported at all times of the day and night. All of our staff receive induction, ongoing training and regular supervision. To ensure that staff have the necessary qualification they are supported to achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People) within three years of taking up their post. All care staff are registered with the Care Council Wales, as required by the Regulations in Wales.


We have a number of experts who support our students and staff:


Consultant Clinical Psychologist Professor F.C. Mace who

visits the school throughout the year and provides a 24 hour on call service. His main role is carry out the functional

behaviour assessments and develops behaviour management plans for students as well as advising staff on how to support

students through their plans.


Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist visits the school once a month and provides a 24 hour on call service. He ensures all the mental health needs of our students and that all prescriptions are reviewed regularly.


Consultant Chartered Educational Psychologist visits the school every half term.


Consultant Speech and Language Therapist visits the school to work with students or staff once a fortnight.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Counselling is delivered by our in house therapist. The weekly sessions focus on

staying safe, understanding public and private behaviour,

respecting personal space and relationships. The therapist uses a variety of interventions including painting, drawing and sharing stories.


Sex Education is delivered weekly for students who

parents/carers/social workers permit their child to take part.

Lessons are taught by the JIWSI project who are a specialist provider of sex education for children with learning

disabilities and are part of the family planning association.


Who is it for?

Age 11 to 19

How to use this service

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



If we feel your child may benefit from a place at the school then we will request paperwork and arrange to carry out a Functional Behavioural Assessment of your child either in the home or in their current placement.

Once we have completed this you and professionals working with your child will be invited to visit the school. The young person will be give a student guide to tell them more about the school. The transition planning for your child will then take place.


Cost Information
38 week placements start from £223,334

How accessible is this service?

Further Details

All young people have appropriate risks assessments detailing how they should be supported and their behaviour managed. All of our approaches are underpinned by a respect for the young person and are as unintrusive as possible.

We have a highly individualised approach providing education and care on the same site in small house and class groups.

This means we can ensure students are supported consistently throughout the day. Prior to a young person starting at the school key staff will go and visit them and take them a student guide in a format that fits with their communication choice. The guide include lots of information and photographs of the environment.

Our focus is provide a stable, safe and nurturing environment where a young persons skills and aspirations can be encouraged and supported to develop. Through this and our evidence based behaviour management programmes we aim to reduce the frequency and intensity of any challenging behaviour. Our programmes are based upon the fact that each young persons challenging behaviours are learnt and serve a function to them. We aim to teach more appropriate ways of serving that function.

All staff are trained in the needs of the young people. In addition to this each student has a Key Worker, a staff member who looks is specifically responsible for your child. They will ensure effective contact is maintained with you and any professional linked to your child.


Last updated date:
06 August 2018


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