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Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form Centre - SENAD Group

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 in working 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.

Local Offer

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

Who to contact

Tel: 01332 378 840
Alderwasley Hall

Where to go

Name of Venue
Alderwasley Hall School
Venue Address
DE56 2SR

Who is it for?

From 5 to 19 years
Supporting People With
Autistic Spectrum

How to use this service

Referral Required?
Referral Details

Specialist schools and colleges take referrals from local authorities as part of their Education, Health and Care (EHC) and SEN processes, though some do accept referrals for privately funded students.

In Trafford, during the EHC process, parents may request a preference for a school of their choice either in mainstream or specialist provision. The local authority will consider this in making a decision about the outcome of the EHC needs assessment or following an annual review.

For more information on Trafford’s EHC processes, please see EHC Needs Assessments and Plans.

You can contact us if you are interested in your child having a place at the school: Caroline Parker, Group Referrals Manager, Tel: 01332 378 840, Email: 

Once we have spoken to your local authority we will carry out a multi-disciplinary assessment to confirm that we can meet your child’s needs and if so what education, health and care package would be required. We will plan your child’s transition with you and professionals to ensure this is as smooth as possible. 

Cost Information
Day placements start from £59,420

How accessible is this service?

Further Details

What specialist services, training and expertise are available?

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 ofstudents. We have excellent links with the local GP practice, Dentist and Opticians.



Last updated date:
01 May 2019


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