Aran Hall School Prospectus 2022 2023

Prospectus 2022/2023

Updated November 2022


Welcome to Aran Hall School




Residential Provision and Activities


Therapies and Specialist Support


Meet the Team


Referrals and Assessment


How to Find Us


The Local Community


Term Dates




General Information


Updated November 2022

Welcome to Aran Hall School The choice about which school to send your child to is an extremely important one for any parent or carer: We hope that this prospectus will give you lots of interesting and useful information about why Aran Hall School could be the right place.

We provide flexible 38 to 52 week residential care with education to children and young people with a range of learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders, both with associated severe challenging behaviour. By providing care and education on the same site we ensure that children ’ s individual programmes are delivered consistently. Our focus is to provide a safe, stable and nurturing environment where young peoples skills and aspirations can be encouraged to develop. We develop education, care and behavioural management programmes for each student. These programmes are evidence based which enable us to demonstrate students achievements. We are a leader in conducting and publishing clinical research that evaluates the effectiveness of the innovative programmes we run. The only way to be sure about which school is right for your child is to visit and decide for yourself. Please contact us to arrange a visit or ask any questions you have.

The school has a 24 hour curriculum that aims to:

Re - engage students in education by providing a nurturing and stable environment.

Llio Eiri Principal

Bring about a reduction in the frequency and intensity of any challenging behaviour

Increase student ’ s communication skills

Develop self care and independent living skills

Increase opportunities for community participation and social integration to promote inclusion and a sense of self and identity

Where appropriate, reduce levels of psychotropic medication

SHB Programme

We have also developed a programme for young people who present sexually harmful behaviour (SHB). The programme aims to reduce SHB via a reward programme for appropriate behaviour, sex education, counselling and cognitive behaviour therapy.

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Further assessments may be carried out once the student has arrived at the school, if deemed beneficial for the student. From their Statement of Special Educational Needs each student receives an individualised education plan, which is developed in consultation with parents, carers and professionals. This is reviewed once a term, with a full education review taking place every twelve months. In addition, we seek to increase the functional communication skills of all our students through the use of various communication methods including PECS and Makaton. Our education department is made up of qualified Teachers and Classroom Assistants. Students are taught in small groups and each student is supported on at least a 1:1 basis in the classroom, which supports them to stay on task and have the best opportunity to achieve. Teaching is divided into formal classroom settings and community–based activities, including shopping for food and leisure activities. We also have music specialists and an art teacher who visit the school once a week during term time. Students have been successful in music exams through Liverpool College of Music and students have sold their art work at local exhibitions. On reaching 16 years of age young people are encouraged to attend one of the local further education colleges in the area. This gives them the chance to experience an educational setting outside of Aran Hall, the opportunity to build new friendships and is an important step in preparing them for adulthood. ‘ The school offers pupils a well - structured learning experience with clear and appropriate systems of rewards that support and promote positive behaviour both in the short and long term. ’


The primary aim of education is to provide each young person with a broad and balanced curriculum that is relevant to their individual needs. The curriculum The School uses ASDAN as its main focus of curriculum delivery. This provides each student with an individualized curriculum that meets their specific needs. There are currently four programmes for students to follow, dependent on their age; Transition Challenge, Towards Independence, Employability and the Silver Award. Although most of the work towards these awards is done in class time, students work towards the Towards Independence Award both in the classroom and within the residential homes in the evening. Students work is externally moderated and the School has been praised by ASDAN ’ s regional officers for high quality, both in the extensive range of activities that the students have taken part in the clarity and way evidence is collected. To enable students to access all aspects of their education we have developed a strong behavioural management programme using the expertise of our Consultant Psychologist. The assessment identifies the function of the challenging behaviour the student presents and enables staff to develop a risk assessment and management plan which describes the problem behaviours and the safety measures that should be used to manage the behaviour should it occur. The plan also details the context in which the behaviour occurs, what motivates the behaviour and what events maintain the behaviour. A plan is written on how to manage these variables in order to reduce the frequency and the severity of the students challenging behaviour.

Estyn 2019

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‘ The school undertakes initial and regular on - going assessment of pupils ’ needs. These comprehensive assessments provide teachers with a thorough understanding of pupils ’ abilities across a range of subjects and areas of learning, including behaviour. Generally, teachers make good use of the outcomes of these assessments to target priority areas of learning in their lessons .’

‘ The school plans effectively to support pupils ’ transition. As they come to the end of their school career, pupils take part in beneficial life skills training, work experience and where appropriate, college placements. ’

Estyn 2019

Estyn 2019

Updated November 2022

Residential Provision

Young people have a personal plan, which includes information about what is important to them and what care staff will do to support them. The manager and care staff listen to the young people’s views and take action to make changes. Tros Gynnal Plant advocacy service, visit once a month to consult with the young people. This allows young people an independent platform to express their views, feelings and wishes about their care and support. Young people’s social workers visit the service, are in regular contact with them, and care staff. Social workers provided feedback to CIW about the service; all were positive and made reference that young people’s behaviours have improved since being at Aran Hall. CSSIW 2021

We have high staffing levels in the home to ensure that young people are supported at all times during the day and night. At night time we have waking night staff.

There are four residential houses based on the same site as the school. We have an individualised approach to young people ’ s care and education. In the care setting young people follow a programme called ‘ Active Support ’ which focuses on promoting their individual activities and interests. Each young person has a Key Worker, a member of staff who takes a special interest in the young person and ensures contact is maintained with parent/carers and professionals. The Key Worker will also act as an Advocate for the young person. All young people receive a weekly allowance and are both encouraged and supported to manage their finances. There are also additional allowances for clothing, personalising bedrooms, activities and holidays. Each house has a weekly meeting which is a forum for young people and staff to discuss the day to day running of their house, including activity and menu planning. The homes have a behaviour management strategy called RESPECT. The core philosophy underpinning RESPECT is its emphasis on the ‘ whole person ’ which means that each young person ’ s needs are taken into account when developing behaviour management strategies to help them control their own behaviour and learn to self manage their behaviour. The care team is led by a Registered Manager who is supported by a Deputy Head of Care. Each care team of care staff is led by a House Leader. All House Leaders are qualified to Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People and supported to work toward NVQ Level Team Leading.

Activities The school is set within three and a half acres of grounds in Snowdonia National Park. Students benefit from large open spaces, both grassed and hard surface play areas. With support students make use of local facilities in nearby Dolgellau and Bala which include a cinema, library and shops. Students also attend a local youth club, horse riding at the local Riding for the Disabled Centre, canoeing and hill walking and play in local football and rugby teams. Older students who attend college are discreetly supported to socialise with their fellow students at social events and take part in college field trips.

All staff employed at the home are registered with the Care Council for Wales (CCFW) and are supported to achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People) within three years of taking up their post.

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Specialist Support

Medical Services Each student is registered with the local GP who has worked with the school for a number of years and has a good understanding of our students and their needs. They are also registered with the local Dentist, Community Paediatrician, Community Nurse, Health Visitor, Community Dietician, Speech and Language Therapist and Community Physiotherapist. Consultant Clinical Psychologist We retain the services of Professor F.C. Mace who visits the school throughout the year and provides a 24 hour on call service. His main role is to carry out functional behaviour assessments and develops behaviour management plans for our students as well as advising staff on how to support students through their plan. Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Our Consultant Psychiatrist visits the school once a month and provides a 24 hour on call service. He ensures all the mental health needs of our students are met and that all prescriptions are reviewed regularly. Consultant Chartered Educational Psychologist Our Educational Psychologist is registered with The Health Professionals Council and visits the school every half term. Consultant Speech and Language Therapist Our Consultant Speech and Language Therapist visits the school to work with the students and staff once a fortnight.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Counselling Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is delivered by the school ’ s own in - house therapist. The weekly sessions focus on staying safe, understanding public and private behaviour and respecting other people ’ s personal space. Key learning objectives from these sessions are consent, public and private behaviour and relationships. The Therapist uses a variety of therapeutic interventions including painting, drawing, making collages and sharing stories. Sex Education All young people, with the permission of their parents/ carers or social workers, have weekly sex education lessons which are provided by the JIWSI Project, a specialist provider of sex education for children with learning disabilities and are part of the Family Planning Association.

‘ Nearly all pupils make steady progress in meeting the targets in their individual learning and behaviour plans.’ Estyn 2019

Advocacy Service We use Tros Gynnal to provide advocacy for our students. They visit students every fortnight. Through advocacy our students are helped to have their voices heard and ensure their views are respected. They may use an advocate because they want something to happen, something to change or something to stop.

‘The school offers pupils a well -structured learning experience with clear and appropriate learning experience with clear and appropriate systems of rewards that support and promote positive behaviour both in the short and long term’ Estyn 2019

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Meet the Team

Llio Eiri Principal

MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis BA Sociology & Social Policy PGCE

Llio was appointed Principal in September 2020, following a year as Deputy Principal. She began her career at Aran Hall School in 1997 working as a Residential Support Worker, before joining the Education Team in 2001 as a Classroom Assistant. Following a number of years working away from the school as a Lecturer in further edu- cation, Llio returned to the school as Deputy Head of Care in 2011.

Andy Pryer - Smith Registered Manager

MSc BSc (Hons) PGCE NVQ 4 Care NVQ 4 Management NVQ 5 Diploma in Management

Andy began his career in care and education at Aran Hall School in 1992. Initially working as a Classroom Assistant, he was promoted to the post of Teacher in 1994. In 1998 he joined the care team as Team Leader and in 2004 was appointed Registered Manager.

Eve Patten Teacher

A - Levels in English Language and Literature, Psychology and Sociology BA (Hons) Degree in English PGCE (11 – 19 in English, Drama, Media and Theatre Studies)

Eve joined the team at Aran Hall School in April 2017 following a background of teaching English and Drama in secondary schools in Bristol and Manchester. She specialises in teaching GCSE English Language and Literature and Drama. Eve now leads the education team at Aran Hall and oversees different qualifications pupils are working towards.

Since joining the team, Eve has worked with pupils to open and run the school library and arrange special days e.g. World Book Day, News Day, the Literacy Project and various charity events – all of which pupils have helped to plan and organise.

A full list of staff and their qualifications is available on request from the school office.

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Referrals and Assessments

To arrange a visit or to make a referral please contact: Caroline Parker Group Referrals Manager Tel: 01332 378 840 Email:

If following this conversation it is felt that the young person may benefit from a place at the school we will send out a referral pack and request copies of relevant assessments, statement of special needs and critical incident reports involving the young person. We also arrange to visit the young person in their home or current placement to carry out an assessment, including an initial functional behavioural assessment. This assessment is free and carries no obligation. Once this has been completed the young person, parents, carers and professionals will be invited to visit the school and meet our staff. The young person will be given a student guide and other information about life at Aran Hall. We will then plan the transition of the young person to the school. On arrival at the school the young person will be met and shown round the school by their Key Worker and will meet his or her peers, as well as other staff that will support them. .

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How to find us From the M54

Remain on the M54 until its conclusion at junction 7 and join the A5. Continue on the A5 by passing Shrewsbury. Continue to the roundabout junction with the A458, taking the first exit onto the A458 towards Welshpool. Continue through Welshpool remaining on the A458, towards Dolgellau.

At the roundabout junction with the A470 in Mallwyd take the third exit onto the A470 towards Dolgellau. At the junction with the A487 turn right (still the A470). Take the next right onto the B4416, passing through Brithdir. At the T - junction turn right onto the A494. Take the third left (which is after approx 2 miles). Turn right and continue to the end of the road, where we are located.

By Train

The nearest railway stations are Chester and Machynlleth. Staff from the school will collect visitors from either station.

For further information on train times and fares, please call the National Railway Enquiry Line 08457 48 49 50.

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The Local Community

Dolgellau Dolgellau is a small but bustling working market town which developed due to its central role in the woollen industry. The town has a range of shops including chemists, bakery, supermarket, green grocers and clothes shops. Bala Approximately 12 miles away is the market town of Bala which sits at the head of the largest natural lake in Wales, Llyn Tegid. The lake is four miles long and a mile wide and has a narrow gauge railway running alongside it. Unsurprisingly the area is renowned for its water sport activities including fishing and sailing. There are also fantastic places to walk and cycle nearby.

Places to visit

Bala Lake Railway The nine mile journey takes you along the edge of lake Llyn Tegid, through the beautiful scenery of the Snow- donia National Park. The train give excellent views of the

lake and surrounding area.

Barmouth Set on the West coast, 10 miles from Dolgellau is the town of Barmouth. As well as the old town which is steeped in history there is a large beach and harbour. The town has a large selection of shops, pubs, hotels. Bar- mouth is also home to the Fairbourne and Barmouth Rail- way which runs for two miles. King Arthurs Labyrinth This exciting underground adventure starts as you sail along a subterranean river, travelling back in time, into a world of myths, legends and storytelling. Hear tales from

Places to stay

The Royal Ship Hotel A family run hotel with 23 bedrooms and a bar and restaurant. Royal Ship Hotel Queens Square

King Arthur, tales about dragons.

Dolgellau Gwynedd LL40 1AR Tel: 01341 422209

Ivy House Hotel The Ivy house Hotel has 6 bedrooms. There is a guest lounge and spacious dining room.

Ivy House Hotel Finsbury Square

Dogellau Gwynedd LL40 1RF Tel: 01341 422535 Ivyhouse -

White Lion Royal Hotel The White Lion Royal Hotel was built in 1752. Recently reopened after an extensive renovation to a four star Coaching Inn standard. Situated close to Snowdonia National Park. White Lion Royal

61 High Street Bala, Gwynedd LL237AE. Tel: 01678 520 314

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Term Dates

Autumn Term 2022 School in Session: Friday 2nd September Half Term: Depart Friday 28th October – return Tuesday 8th November End of Term: Friday 23rd December

Inset Days: Thursday 1st September and Monday 7th November

Spring Term 2023 School in Session: Tuesday 10th January Half Term: Depart Friday 17th February – return Tuesday 28th February End of Term: Thursday 31st March

Inset Days: Monday 9th January & Monday 27th February

Summer Term 2023 School in Session: Tuesday 18th April Half Term: Depart Friday 26th May – return Tuesday 6th June End of Term: Thursday 20th July

Inset Days: Monday 17th April & Monday 5th June

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Policies and Information

The following information/documents are available on request from the school office or on the school website,

Complaints procedure and data regarding complaints received for the preceding school year.

Particulars of staffing numbers and summary of staff qualifications. Pupil performance and leaver destinations for the preceding school year. Admission, Discipline and Exclusion Education and Welfare Provision for pupils for whom English is an additional language Curriculum

Prevention of Bullying Behaviour Management Health and Safety Policy Health and Safety on Educational Visits Policy to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Pupils at the School Exam results from the previous year Disability Access Plan

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Llio Eiri


Aran Hall School Rhydymain Nr Dolgellau Gwynedd Wales LL40 2AR


01341 450 641


Andy Pryer - Smith

Registered Manager:

A full outline of staff and line management is available on request from the school

Mr Brian Jones, Executive Chairman Mr Mark Ryder, Director of Care


Responsible Individual:

SENAD Group 1 St George ’ s House Vernon Gate Derby DE1 1UQ

01332 378 840


DCSF No. 661/6022 CSSIW No. W0400000651/2

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Llio Eiri


Aran Hall Rhydymain Nr Dolgellau Gwynedd Wales LL40 2AR 01341 450641




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