Craig Y Parc School
Welcome to Craig Y Parc - A school and home for disabled children and young people
Notice: New Web Feature on Craig Y Parc coming in Spring 2018 on the new Ambito Website. Ambito Care and Education acquired the school from Scope on the of 29th March 2018.
Established in 1955, Craig y Parc has a reputation for helping our students to realise their educational and personal potential. We’re more than just a school and go further than just providing education.
A centre of excellence
We were rated as good with outstanding features in the last Estyn report – their highest rating.
Craig y Parc is also a Centre of Excellence for Mobility Opportunities Via Education (MOVE)
This programme enables children with physical impairments and / or complex needs to improve their skills in an independent sitting, standing, walking and transferring whilst working on their own personal and functional goals to reach their potential.
Day and Residential Schools
We offer flexible placements (day, termly and 52 weeks) to children and young people, aged three to nineteen years old, with complex support needs, including physical and sensory impairments, and severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).
The school teaches pupils across the five key stages:
Foundation - ages 3 to 5
KS1 - primary
KS2 - secondary
KS 3 - ages 14 to 16
All our students are individuals with their own family background and interests. We’re committed to working with them and parents and carers, in partnership with local authorities, other agencies and local communities, to promote and safeguard students’ welfare and educational development.
All of our staff work in a trans-disciplinary approach, specifically designed to support students with complex support needs. As well as a class group teacher and learning support assistant, every student has access to a key team. This includes a Physiotherapist, a Speech and Language Therapist, a Nurse and Social Care staff. Each student who has a placement at Craig y Parc has a Keyworker, who co-ordinates and oversees their care support plan and liaises with family and carers.
Our extensive and accessible site includes raised activity and sensory based walkways with colourful, imaginative and sensory gardens. Indoors we have well equipped classrooms and multi-sensory spaces, an IT suite for group ICT work, a hydrotherapy pool and rebound therapy facilities.
All our classrooms have interactive whiteboards and other specialist Assistive Technology equipment and software. This creates an engaging environment through multi-sensory, hands-on learning.
Evenings and weekends offer residential and respite students valuable time for relaxation and opportunities for a variety of leisure experiences, both scheduled and spontaneous. Each young person is encouraged and supported to find out what they enjoy. These activities are fundamental to our work in supporting them to develop their identity and self-esteem.
Residential care staff work with the students in the evening and at weekends promoting self-help and communication skills, while developing leisure interests and social skills – both onsite and in the local community.
In addition, the school has its own fleet of adapted vehicles to access community and leisure facilities in the surrounding area.
Health and support
We have registered Nurses available 24 hours per day, who work closely with care support staff to monitor and assess students' health needs. They liaise with outside health services and arrange:
- weekly clinics with the school doctor
- regular visits by the community dietician
- annual dental screening at the school
- and immunisation programmes
Some students at Craig y Parc may have particularly complex health needs. The nursing team provide advice, training, monitoring and upskilling for staff in all aspects of individual health needs such as administration of medication, epilepsy, tracheostomy care, gastrostomy care, enteral feeding (tube feeding) and suctioning.
An assessment will be arranged by us. This usually takes one or two days and the child or young person would be present. A multi-disciplinary report is then produced.
An initial decision will be made on whether the school meets the child or young person’s needs. If not already done so, parents and carers should contact their local authority with their preferred choice of school.
The local authority may then name Craig y Parc School as the preferred choice. In some cases, if there is a disagreement then the case may go to a Special Educational Needs Disability (SEND) tribunal.
Offer of a place
At this stage the child or young person may have Craig y Parc School named in their Statement if considered suitable, and a start date may then be agreed.
If a SEND tribunal has been held, then the outcome of this will determine what happens next. If the SEND tribunal agrees with the local authority, who is contesting the placement, and Craig y Parc is not named, then an appeal can be made against this decision.
We have a separately registered children’s home, Ty Cwtch, which provides residential and short breaks (also known as respite) services, fully integrated with school resources and provision. Families can come along to workshops and open days or visit their children. Our doors are open for families wishing to stay during their visit.
Fees are usually paid by the Local Authority once Craig y Parc is named on the Statement of Educational Needs. We can accept Direct Payments, Personal Budgets or private income.
Craig y Parc School
Heol y Parc
029 2089 0397