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Alderwood Academy

Alderwood is an established part of Suffolk’s Behaviour Support Service for children and young people experiencing social, emotional and learning difficulties that impact on their ability to access learning and have resulted in permanent exclusion or put them at risk of exclusion from their mainstream schools. It is one of thirteen pupil referral units across the county that support children throughout compulsory mainstream education

Who to contact

Mrs Fran Alexander
Acting Head Teacher
01473 725860
01473 724620

Additional contact

Additional Website
Suffolk County Council website

Where to go

Raeburn Road
Area served

Other details

Age Groups
Children (5-11), Young people
School Transport assistance
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School Type
School Status
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DfE Number
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Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Alderwood currently provides three distinctive, yet closely interrelated services: the Pupil Referral Unit and the Bridge Group and an additional group for KS3 children who have specific learning difficulties. Alderwood works with pupils in Key Stages Two and Three, their parents and carers, their schools, and staff supporting them through other local services.

Alderwood Bridge delivers full time placements for 8 pupils. The identified pupils may have been permanently excluded and all have not been able to access consistent educational provision within mainstream settings for some time. The Bridge group is highly nurturing and provides education that aims to encourage recovery in personal competence and the basic educational skills. As in all parts of our service, pupils undergo thorough assessments of their needs. They have a wide range of enriching opportunities that serve to restore and rebuild shattered self-esteem. The service is fundamentally inclusive, works closely with parents and outside agencies and manages pupils’ difficulties within the supportive environment of the group, using a range of educational approaches.

The Pupil Referral Unit currently caters for twelve pupils, six in each Key Stage, with whom we work for two or three terms according to need. Four KS3 pupils who all have a diagnosis of specific learning difficulties such as ASD, Asperger’s or other learning difficulties or have experienced anxiety or attendance issues in transferring to secondary education. Alderwood aims to re-engage pupils in the process of learning, provides a robust assessment of needs; supports the development of learning skills and works actively to tackle disaffection, low self-esteem and the multiple historic barriers that can lead to underperformance. An exciting and engaging curriculum, including the provision of a wealth of exciting outdoor learning challenges and a rich programme of enrichment activities support the growth of self-confidence and ambition. We return most of our pupils to their mainstream classrooms and communities better able to deal with the pressures and challenges of life. If this is not in their best interests, we work with our partners, in particular the Local Authority, to identify more appropriate specialist provision.

The full Local offer document is available at SEND

Katy Akyol SENDCo
01473 725860
Local Offer
SEND Policy
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions

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