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Alderwasley Hall School, Derbyshire

Alderwasley, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 2SR
Tel: +44 1629 822586  Fax: +44 1629 826661
Headteacher: Angela Findlay
Assessment Team: Bernardo Vega and Melanie Lamb

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Age range:5 - 19
Day pupils: 27 boys and 6 girls
Annual day fees: £45,166 - £45,166
Annual weekly boarding fees: £80,943 - £80,943
Full boarding pupils: 52 boys and 11 girls
Annual full boarding fees: £128,750 - £128,750
This school offers flexi-boarding.
TOTAL PUPILS: 79 boys and 17 girls
Staff numbers: 134 full time
Method of entry: Assessment, Referral by Local Authority or Social Services, Report from previous school, Please apply to school, Residential assessment, Statement of needs, This is a Special School, This school is for pupils with autistic spectrum needs (or autistic spectrum PLUS other special education needs), Visit school
Accreditations and affiliations: NAS, NASS Special Schools, DFE, UK
Religious affiliation: No religious affiliation, All denominations welcome
Teaching languages: English

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Alderwasley Hall and Callow Park College is specialist residential and day school approved by the Department of Education, for pupils whose special educational needs arise from their difficulties with speech, language and communication and Aspergers and Higher Functioning Autism.

At the heart of our work is the collaborative planning, teaching and assessment which takes place intensively between speech and language therapists, specialist teachers, care workers and learner support staff.
Class sizes are kept small to ensure that all pupils benefit from the high levels of specialist intervention and a curriculum which provides a wide range of school and community based learning and social opportunities.
We were delighted with comments in the Ofsted report, which included:
'The quality of education and care provided at Alderwasley Hall School, including for post 16 students at Callow Park College, is good. It is significantly enhanced by a range of high quality therapies.'(May 2008)

Prospective pupils are assessed by a multi disciplinary team prior to admission. Each assessment is individually structured to take account of previous information and is planned and carried out with our Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurse and Residential Care staff(if appropriate).

Pupils reside in houses according to their age and reflecting their levels of social awareness and personal responsibility. Post 16 students who have attained higher levels of independence live offsite at Cavendish House in Matlock.

The two main school sites benefit from extensive grounds. There are motor therapy and occupational therapy facilities including a football pitch, a swimming pool, a purpose-built climbing wall, squash court and ICT suites. Over recent years we have developed links with local mainstream education providers and community groups so that our pupils can participate in activities with a wider peer group. Links with local employers also provide valuable work experience opportunities for pupils in Key Stage 4 and above.

'We all work together to create a happy and caring environment which enables our pupils to learn and communicate with confidence, and grow as valued members of society.'

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  • Agriculture/Horticulture
  • Business studies
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Environmental studies
  • ICT
  • Media/Film studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water sports
  • Adventure training
  • Beavers/Cubs/Scouts
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Drama productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Rainbows/Brownies/Guides
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Singing
  • Experience of international students
  • Particular diets
  • Rail/Airport services
  • School bus service

Curriculum and exams

Exam boards: Edexcel Foundation, AQA, BTEC, AS Level, GCSE
  • % pass rate at grades A* to C (exams at age 16): 8%
  • Are vocational courses (such as AVCE/GNVQ) offered?
  • Yes
  • 4 courses are offered for age 18 exams

Special needs

This school is a special school that provides for this particular need:

  • Dual/Multi-Sensory Impairment (DSI/MSI)
  • Epilepsy
  • Delicate/Medical Conditions
  • Aspergers Syndrome
  • Language and Communication Disorders
  • Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Autistic Spectrum of Difficulties

This school operates 52 weeks in the year.

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School reference: R40145

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