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

Mrs K Humphreys

Assistant Headteacher SEND, Inclusion & Transition

Mrs R McAviney


Mrs F Harris

Deputy SENDCo KS3

Mrs Z Ratcliffe

Ladder Centre Manager (Temp)

Take a tour of our inclusion centre.


The Ladder Centre

The Ladder Centre – Resource Base


The Ladder Centre (TLC) is Aldersley’s resource base 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 and pastoral departments and a wide range of outside agencies, to ensure our students receive the best quality of education and SEND 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 and support strategies within our department, including speech and language therapy, precision teaching, The Boxall Profile, Getting it Right, Lego-based therapy, literacy decoding, Drawing & Talking, Talkabout for Teenagers, Restorative Practice, Well-being Check-ins 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 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


Staff Profiles:


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


Mrs Collins – The Ladder Centre Support

Specialisms – autism, ASD friendly resources, social and emotional support

Contact a member of the Resource Base

The Oasis Centre

The role of the Oasis 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 Oasis 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 – Oasis Centre Manager

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

Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support Service

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.

Let us Play

Providing Sports, Arts, Play and outings for children with Special Needs and Disabilities in Wolverhampton and the surrounding areas.