SENAD Alderwasley Hall School & Sixth Form Centre

Co-educational Day & Residential

Alderwasley, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 2SR

01629 822586


Ms Sara Forsyth

Age Range

5 – 19 years

Special Needs


Welcome to Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form. We are exceptionally proud of every aspect of our school and homes, from the academic and social achievement of our learners, to the outstanding specialist intervention and support we can provide for young people in our classes and our care. The school is set in rural Derbyshire with close transportation links to the diverse cities of Derby and Sheffield and we specialise in working with young people with severe and complex Speech, Language and Communication Needs incorporating High Functioning Autism. We have over 25 years of nationally recognised skill and experience within the educational field of ASD and Communication and our team of Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists is one of the largest in any school across the country. This, alongside our Mental Health Team provides us with an unrivalled level of expertise. Our underpinning ethos of "Unconditional Positive Regard and fulfilment in life" guides all that we do and our outstanding outcomes, we believe, speak for themselves. We provide each young person with academic and social challenge through highly personalised, creatively designed programmes and curricula along with an extremely strong, well-established pastoral system of support, care and guidance. I am extremely proud to be the Headteacher of our school, a school which I believe, gives young people an exceptional chance to fulfil their academic, social and independence potential.

Our aim is to deliver the best educational provision for young people with Specific Language Disorders, Asperger's Syndrome and Autistic Spectrum Disorders' all of whom experience complex speech, language and communication needs. The aim of all aspects of the curriculum is to prepare students for adult life by developing the skills, knowledge and understanding which they need in order to choose, set and achieve their personal goals and live their lives to their full potential. Those goals may include academic aspirations, vocational or career plans, hopes for independent living or choices of rewarding leisure and recreational pursuits, all underpinned by the ability to form strong social and personal relationships.

To summarise, Alderwasley Hall School's aims are:

  • To fulfil social and communication potential

  • To fulfil academic potential

  • To provide a memorable and enjoyable experience

  • To fulfil independence potential

We strive to achieve these aims by addressing the individual needs of every student through the delivery of Speech and Language Therapy programmes, Occupational Therapy programmes and educational programmes, underpinned by high quality care provision and all driven by an individual student's Statement of Special Educational Needs.