The Ladder Centre

The Ladder Centre (TLC) is Aldersley’s inclusion provision, comprising of two separate rooms. Room F1 is our ASD Resource Base, primarily focusing on Autism and Speech, Language and Communication Needs. Our current cohort consists mostly of KS3 students, who attend both TLC lessons and mainstream lessons, following a tailored transition process. We are a highly qualified team, who work closely with the SEND department and outside agencies, to ensure students receive the best quality education and SEN provision.

Room F2 allows students to be supported in their academic subjects and with their pastoral care. This is used for our students who have additional needs. Students are supported from our TLC and SEMH trained staff.

The Ladder Centre provision provides a safe, trusting and comfortable environment for students to be stretched and supported to achieve their potential, both academically and socially.

Please take a look at the virtual tour of our department, which continues to develop and evolve for our students.

Staff profiles:

Miss L Dixon – The Ladder Centre (ASD Base) Manager

Specialist Areas – English, ASD, inclusion and safeguarding

Miss A Wheeler – The Ladder Centre (ASD Base) Teacher

Specialist Areas – Art, ASD, maths and PHSE

Mrs V Vassell – The Ladder Centre (ASD Base) Support

Specialist Areas – literacy, social & emotional, intervention, SEN


Aims of The Ladder Centre

  • provide a supportive and nurturing environment
  • give students the skills to achieve their potential
  • implement successful strategies across the wider school
  • support transition into mainstream lessons
  • promote academic and social inclusion

Students will access –

  • our full knowledge-rich curriculum
  • our wonderful ASD friendly base
  • the brand new sensory area
  • a varied timetable of subjects
  • social and emotional sessions
  • key skills in core subject areas
  • TLC staff support in mainstream lessons
  • excellent home/school communication
  • consistent ASD awareness across the wider school

The Summit Centre

The role of the Summit Centre is to help students who may not be engaging as well as they could be in class in the whole school setting, they may be at risk of exclusion.

We do our best to offer outstanding provision for our pupils who may be some of our hardest to reach or most vulnerable young people in both KS3 and KS4.

Pupils within the summit centre are referred based on how they are doing within the main school, looking at their progress, conduct, their own well- being and other factors that affect their holistic success in school.

The pupils receive a precisely tracked and personalised program in place to help them with anything that may be impacting their time and success in school, we aim to get them back gradually into their lessons where they can then continue to be successful, happy and making fantastic progress!

If analysis shows that further support, time or resources are needed then this is also be provided.

The pupils follow a personalised, engaging, therapeutic and nurturing, knowledge based curriculum, we liaise closely with their subject teachers, we teach pretty much all of their subjects.

We ensure that pupils keep fully up to speed with what they would be learning within their usual lessons in terms of content, academic focus and progression so that when they return to their main lessons they can seamlessly rejoin their classes.  

Pupils also take part in bespoke Project Based Learning, working on knowledge-based exciting, outside of the box and fully targeted personal projects!

We also have extracurricular activities on offer for our pupils and we have our own sports teams too to boost endorphins and promote excellent physical and mental health, positivity, empathy and achievement.

Please check out our twitter page which is updated every day!

Staff Profiles

Mr R Wilkes – Summit Centre Manager

Specialist Areas – SEMH/BESD teaching and leadership, Project Based Learning, Art, Physical Education, English

Miss K Rogers -– Summit Centre Teaching Support

Specialist Areas – SEMH/BESD support, PSHE, mentoring.