SENAD Alderwasley Hall School & Sixth Form

Co-educational Day & Residential Preparatory, Senior & Sixth Form

Alderwasley, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 2SR

01332 378840


Ms Sara Forsyth

Age Range

5 – 20 years

Special Needs


Welcome from the Headteacher

I am delighted to welcome you 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 30 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 for our students to reach their full potential and feel an integrated and valued member of society.

We do this by:

  • Giving students a sense of belonging

  • Developing a sense of productivity

  • Promoting emotional and physical wellbeing

About Us

Alderwasley Hall School and Sixth Form is an independent school for day and residential students aged 5 to 20 years. Placements are funded by local authorities and our students come from all over the country. We offer a mainstream curriculum which is adapted to meet the individual needs of our students. Therapies (Speech & Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy) are integrated throughout the curriculum and we provide a truly holistic approach, with students at the centre of this. Our approach has a proven track record of producing exceptional outcomes for students, both educationally and socially, enabling them to become happy, confident, independent and valued members of society. The school is rated Outstanding by Ofsted.