Canolfan y Bont

Canolfan y Bont caters for pupils with a range of educational needs, including, profound and multiple disabilities, severe learning difficulties and autism.

The Centre was relocated to Ysgol Gyfun Llanbedr Pont Steffan (Ysgol Bro Pedr) in September 1996, due to the closure of Highmead Residential School, in Llanybydder. The new purpose built building was funded by the Welsh Government and Canolfan y Bont officially opened in April 2003.

Our center aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, in a caring atmosphere. Central to our philosophy is that each child is unique and special and has the potential to progress and succeed. We aim to create a child centered community that empowers and enables each pupil to develop effective communication and social skills and to achieve his/her academic potential. These aims are implemented within a stimulating and structured environment, which comprises of a well-balanced and flexible curriculum.

Further Information

Mrs Clare Taylor (Department Head)

HLTA Jacqueline Davies

Level 3 Teaching Assistants – Eleri Hughes and Nicola Morris are the Centre TAs and Debbie Clarke, Carys Rees and Dawn Evans are Level 3 TAs

Level 2 Teaching Assistants – Tamara Konig, Alison Boshiere, Maria Thomas, Mair Botwood, Carys Lewis, Cally Mason-George  and Gaynor Evans

  • To promote the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and moral development of each pupil.
  • To enable each pupil to maximise his/her educational ability by offering an inclusive curriculum which is broad, balanced and diverse.
  • To provide a multi-sensory approach to learning which recognises the diverse ways in which children learn.
  • To provide a stimulating, child centred and flexible environment.
  • To enhance the self-esteem, self-awareness and self-confidence of our pupils.
  • To provide a highly trained, motivated and dedicated team, who are committed to providing the highest standards of teaching and learning.
  • To liaise with a range of professionals from our multi-disciplinary team.
  • To fully integrate the therapy requirements of our pupils into our classroom practice.
  • To prepare individual pupils for the experiences and opportunities of adult life.
  • To provide a holistic approach to learning.

In accordance with County guidelines, no pupil may be admitted to Canolfan y Bont until they have a Statement of Special Educational Needs stating that they have a severe or profound learning disability.

Pupils may be admitted to Canolfan y Bont at eleven years of age and may remain at the Centre until they reach the age of nineteen, or until such time as the needs of the pupil can no longer be met by the placement.

Each pupil follows an individual program, which has been specifically designed to meet their personal needs.

They follow a differentiated National Curriculum (EQUALS Scheme of Work), which is monitored, reviewed and developed in line with new educational initiatives and government directives.

Several of our pupils also follow ‘Routes for Learning’, a nationally recognised programme, which focuses on the communication and cognitive development of pupils with profound learning difficulties.

The pupils also participate in a structured Life Skills Programme which aims to develop their independence and self-help skills.

The pupils participate in a variety of activities such as, social training, cookery, music and dance therapy, sensory art sessions, swimming, rebound therapy and reflexology. They are also encouraged to integrate, where appropriate, and many of our pupils participate in small group teaching sessions within the Life Skills Department and attend SULP (Social Use of Language Programme).  The pupils also have the opportunity to access specialist classes with mainstream subject teachers.

Each pupil, regardless of disability, gains accreditation through a range of nationally recognised awards.

Pupils in Key Stage 3 follow a thematic approach linked to the ASDAN PSE programme ‘New Horizons’.

Pupils in Key Stage 4 and 5 participate in the ASDAN Entry Level Course, Personal Progress. 

At the age of sixteen, many of our pupils have the opportunity to integrate into their local Further Education College. It is hoped that several of these pupils will continue to attend college, on a full-time basis, when they leave school at nineteen.

The Centre currently consists of one teacher and nine teaching assistants. The team is an experienced, knowledgeable and committed group of professionals who have established a close working relationship.

We work closely with a dedicated, multi-disciplinary team and receive valuable support and advice from the following professionals:-

  • The Psychologist – Offers advice and training to staff when required.
  • The Speech and Language Therapist – Attends the Centre on a half-termly basis and provides advice and support for staff.
  • The Teacher for the Visually and Hearing Impaired – Attends the Centre on a monthly basis and provides advice and support for staff.
  • The Advisory Teacher for MSI – Attends the Centre on a termly basis and provides advice and support for pupils with MSI.
  • Teaching Assistant for MSI – Attends the Centre on a weekly basis and works directly with a MSI pupil and her teaching assistant.
  • The Physiotherapist – Attends the Centre on a regular basis and supports and assesses pupils in: a) physiotherapy sessions, b) swimming sessions, c) rebound therapy sessions, d) gymnasium sessions.
  • The Occupational Therapist – Attends the Centre for initial assessment and when further assessments are necessary.
  • The Mobility Officer – Attends the Centre on a half-termly basis to support pupils with limited mobility.
  • The Community Nurse – Provides regular training for staff and supports and advises when necessary.
  • Dance Therapist – Provides weekly dance session for the pupils.
  • Reflexologist – Pupils are able to visit the reflexologist, at his clinic, on a weekly, fortnightly, monthly or termly basis. The therapist also treats several pupils at the Centre.

Sensory Rooms (we provides both a White Room – Snoezelen and a Dark Room. These stimulating and challenging environments facilitate learning and development via the auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory and kinaesthetic senses. They provide a calming and relaxed atmosphere where professionals are able to observe, assess and monitor both the cognitive and physical development of the pupils)

ICT Room
(all pupils have daily access to either the White Board, the Plasma Screen or i-pads)

Kitchen (pupils have access to a small kitchen, which they use to access their life skills programme)

Leisure Centre (pupils have regular access to the leisure centre, which is located on the campus and several of our mobile pupils visit the gymnasium on a daily basis)

Swimming Pool (we also have weekly access to the on-site swimming pool)

Latest News

Two pupils from Canolfan y Bont, Amber Morris and Nikolas Samuel, achieved second place in the National Urdd Eisteddfod for their art project, entitled “ Yr Harbwr ”.  Many thanks to Mrs Dawn Evans for her continued support. A fantastic achievement!

Congratulations to Ieuan Caldwell for achieving the John Brunt Achievement Award, which is awarded to the pupil who has made the most significant improvement, during the last academic year.  Ieuan will transfer into the Life Skills Department in September. Well done Ieuan!

Congratulations to Amelia (Kiki) Morgan-Trewin and Nikolas Samuel for achieving the ASDAN, ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ award, New Horizons, which has been designed to promote the pupils’ personal, social and health skills.

Congratulations to Alexia Jeannette, Palmiro Radaszewski, Ieuan Caldwell and Ethan Nicholson for achieving the ASDAN Entry Level 1 Certificate, Personal Progress, which has been designed to develop the pupils’ literacy, numeracy, ICT and life skills.

The staff and pupils at Canolfan y Bont would like to thank Mr. Eric Williams, the last surviving member of the ‘Lampeter Ex Firemen’ organisation, for his generous donation to the Centre.

The following pupils will be leaving Canolfan y Bont at the end of the summer term: Palmiro Radaszewski and Alexia Jeannette will be moving to Adult Services; Ieuan Caldwell will be transferring to the Life Skills Department and Kiki Morgan-Trewin will be attending the Hearing Resource Centre, at Penglais. We will miss them all and wish them every success and happiness in the future. Good Luck!

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