Alderwood are extremely proud of our acheivements. Below you will find details of the awards and recognition we have received.

Investors in People


Alderwood was awarded Investor in People in June 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and achieved Silver accreditation in 2016. The senior team are committed to maintaining this award; the following criteria have to be met and assessed through observations and interviews with directors and staff:

  • Developing strategies to improve the performance of the organisation
  • Taking action to improve the performance of the organisation
  • Evaluating the impact of the performance of the organisation

Please click here to visit the Investors In People website

The Loddon School PROACT-SCIPr-UK® – Marion Cornick Award for Innovative Practice 2008

Anita Smart, (then Strategic Director and Head of Residential Services, now Managing Director) was very proud to receive the Marion Cornick Award for Innovative Practice in November 2008. It was awarded in recognition for her inspiring work to promote ‘the whole approach’.

Click here to visit the PROACT-SCIPr-UK® website

Northants Chamber Business Excellence Awards – Training and Development Award 2008 & 2009

In July 2008 Alderwood were given the opportunity to enter the Northants Business Excellence Awards across a number of categories. A category that the company is extremely proud of is training and development. Mike Kalogerou, Head of Training and Development, at this time, submitted the following information for the judge’s consideration:-

Alderwood LLA Ltd was established and founded in 2000 to cater for the needs of children and adults who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Alderwood’s guiding principles have been to provide and integrate support systems within the framework of a small family type house. Alderwood started with just one child in our care. Since this time we have grown significantly. From beginning with just one residential home, one service user and 8 staff, we grew rapidly to where we are today. Seven residential homes, 25 service users and approximately 190 members of staff. Alderwood’s reputation within residential care for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders is practically unrivalled both in the county and nationally. Our residents are some of the most challenging within the country and as a result of our hard work Alderwood has grown a reputation for being a 5 star provision for care.

As a result of our hard work and commitment to staff training and development we achieved the OFSTED “outstanding” award for the first time in 2007 and then continuously until 2012. Alderwood not only provides 24 hour care for our residents, we were also a registered school up until 2015. As all our homes are now all adult provisions they are all overseen by CQC. Anita Smart, Managing Director has grown and developed Alderwood into the outstanding provision we see today with over 20 years experience in social care and managing a care home specialising in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Over the years Anita has written and delivered well over 50 training programmes for staff working both internally and externally for Alderwood. As a result of the commitment to development Alderwood gained Investors in People back in 2004 and have continued to improve year on year. Using the philosophy of TEACCH (Treatment and Education for Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children), Alderwood have made huge strides forward in helping our service users live as fulfilling a life as possible. Our growth has enabled Alderwood to have their own dedicated TEACCH resources team, something very few autism provisions have. The advantages of our resource team gives Alderwood that competitive edge over other providers.

PROACT-SCIPr-UK® is the second of Alderwood’s philosophies which was implemented when Alderwood was founded back in 2000. It stands for Positive Range of Options to Avoid Crisis and use Therapy and provides Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention. PROACT-SCIPr-UK® trains staff in the use of low arousal, proactive approaches in dealing with challenging behaviour. It enables service users to be empowered by focusing on person centred planning and assists individuals to maintain self control. PROACT-SCIPr-UK® was first developed in New York and has been revised by the Loddon School. It is now nationally recognised and implemented in the UK. Alderwood have seven fully qualified PROACT-SCIPr-UK® instructors, with Anita Smart as a Principle Instructor.  All Alderwood staff receive this training and become licensed for one year. This is also refreshed annually.

Training and Development Awards

In 2008 Alderwood put in an application for an Training and Development Award.  Following this initial application we were contacted within five days and it was announced that Alderwood was one of four organisations shortlisted in the training and development category.

Alderwood were announced as the winners in this category by the former editor of the Sun Kelvin McKenzie. This award was sponsored by Ovation XL and commented that –

“Each of the short-listed organisations displays exceptional flair-providing evidence of true commitment to the development of their staff that is way above the other applicants. Alderwood LLA caters for the needs of children and adults who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Alderwood LLA provides 24 hour residential care, Anita Smart, then Strategic Director and Head of Residential Services, has personally written fifty detailed training programmes for her carers who are dedicated to their task of looking after residents with hugely different needs. We detected a strong sense of wanting to be the best of the best in this highly challenging environment.”

In 2009, we entered submissions for three catagories; Business of the Year (over 50 employees), Innovation Award and the Training & Development Award. Alderwood were delighted to be shortlisted in all three categories and proud to receive 2nd place in the Training & Development category. Our Training Coordinator, under direction from Anita Smart operate an extremely thorough and comprehensive training package for all our staff and were proud to be recognised for their continued high standards.