SEND and inclusion
Aldersley High School is a fully inclusive mainstream Academy situated in Wolverhampton, it is part of the Amethyst Academy Trust. At Aldersley High School, all students are valued equally, regardless of where their abilities lie, with the Academy being committed to “providing our students with the best life chances”. All students are entitled to have access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, which is differentiated to meet individual needs. Within its aims, Aldersley High School is committed to equal opportunities, with students being encouraged to achieve their full potential, whatever their academic or physical ability, through the provision of a balanced and challenging curriculum in both content and styles of learning.
The SEND Team
Take a tour of our inclusion centre.
The Ladder Centre
The Ladder Centre (TLC) is Aldersley’s in-house provision for students with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and/or Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). Our current cohort consists of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students, who attend both TLC lessons and mainstream lessons, following a tailored transition process with ongoing specialist support.
We are a highly qualified, nurturing team, who work closely with the SEND department and outside agencies, to ensure our students receive the best quality education and SEN provision. The Ladder Centre provides a safe, trusting and comfortable environment for students to be stretched and supported to achieve their potential, both academically and socially.
Students in the base have access to the full mainstream curriculum, as well as social & emotional lessons and targeted key skills for English and mathematics. We also offer a wide range of interventions within our department, including speech and language therapy, precision teaching, Lego-based therapy, literacy decoding, Drawing & Talking, Talkabout for Teenagers and many others.
Please take a look at the virtual tour of our department, which continues to develop and evolve for our students. You will see the main resource base area, featuring adaptions to meet the needs of our students from an environmental perspective; individual desk spaces, muted classroom décor, a comfortable reading area with soft seating, screened windows and clearly labelled resources/classroom areas.
We also have a sensory room, which is available at any time during the school day. This is a calm space for students to self-regulate and enjoy relaxing music and sensory lights. As well as this, we have a large sports sanctuary area, to support students who require a more physical sensory stimulation. Here you will find various sports equipment, musical instruments and physical sensory items.
The Ladder Centre will:
- Provide a supportive, nurturing environment
- Give students the skills to achieve their potential
- Implement successful strategies across the school
- Support transition to mainstream lessons
- Promote social and academic inclusion
- Provide a full knowledge-rich curriculum
- Ensure excellent home/school communication
- Promote ASC & SLCN awareness across the whole school
Miss L Dixon – The Ladder Centre Manager/ Lead Professional for EHCPs ASC/SLCN
Specialisms – ASC, English, SLCN, inclusion and safeguarding
Miss A Wheeler – The Ladder Centre Teacher
Specialisms – Art, ASC, maths and PHSE
Mrs V Vassell – The Ladder Centre Support
Specialisms – literacy, interventions, SEN and social and emotional needs
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.
Mr R Wilkes – Summit Centre Manager
Specialist Areas – SEMH/BESD teaching and leadership, Project Based Learning, Art, Physical Education, English
We are a statutory service providing impartial information, advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and other additional needs. The support that you can access from us is free, neutral, confidential and impartial.