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.
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)
The pupils visited Folly Farm recently.
Dylan Jenkins will be leaving Canolfan y Bont, at the end of the Summer Term. Dylan has matured into a sociable, brave, and sensitive young man whose infectious smile and endearing nature have made him a popular member of the class. The pupils held a special leaving party for Dylan, during which they were entertained by Clayton the Magician. It was a magical day for all the pupils! We would like to wish Dylan every happiness in his new placement at Star College. Good Luck, Dylan – we will miss you!