Canolfan Elfed (CE) is a fully integrated inclusion centre which is run in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council to meet the needs of a broad range of pupils who would typically be educated within a specialist provision outside of a mainstream school. Pupils placed in CE receive specialist support according to their individual needs whilst also gaining from being able to access the benefits of a mainstream school setting.
Depending on their level of need, pupils access formal teaching and informal recreational/social activities within mainstream, for example most pupils will go mainstream registration. This means that pupils placed in CE are able to form friendships with their mainstream peers. This also benefits our mainstream pupils as they can learn about what it means to live with a disability or learning difficulty. For example, many pupils within Queen Elizabeth High School learn British Sign Language and some of our profoundly deaf pupils have made friends with their hearing peers.
CE has places for 63 pupils and we cater for pupils who have a Hearing Impairment, an Autistic Spectrum Condition, a Severe Learning Difficulty and for pupils who have Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. Pupils are placed in CE via the Local Authority Placement Panel and we have many pupils attending from outside the school’s catchment area.
Our pupils have a wide range of abilities and we therefore select content from all stages of the National Curriculum and use it flexibly together with the Literacy and Numeracy Framework to provide a meaningful, relevant and motivating curriculum for all of our learners.
CE occupies its own purpose built wing of the school and boasts outstanding state of the art facilities. These include dedicated classrooms, a specialist PMLD base with a hoist system that runs throughout the department, a Hydrotherapy pool and splash pool, Sensory Room, Soft Play room, physiotherapy room and Life Skills flat which has a bedroom and kitchen. Outside the centre there is an enclosed play area which has an adventure park that has soft safety matting where pupils can socialise and play in a safe secure setting whilst also having access to the mainstream areas of the school. Due to the ‘on site’ facilities pupils are able to have their therapies in school which means that this vital work in incorporated and reinforced into their daily routine.
Pupils in CE achieve well and all leave with an accredited qualifications including: GCSE’s, WJEC Entry Pathways, ASDAN and Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Some pupils in Key stage 4 and 5 access college courses and work experience placements. There is an extensive Life Skills programme which aims to develop our pupils’ independence as much as possible.
Pupils in CE are provided with good opportunities to develop their physical and co-ordination skills through Disability Sports, Archery sessions, the Walking Group and 5x60 activities such as dodge ball and Zumba. There are also many extra-curricular opportunities for CE pupils including lunch time and after school clubs such as Karaoke Choir, Signing Choir, holiday clubs and students put on an annual Christmas production which is always a big hit with their parents, peers and friends of CE.
We are passionate about inclusion and believe in working closely with parents, governors and professionals to provide the best possible provision for our pupils. Our school motto ‘Ymlaen Gyda’n Gilydd’ which means ‘Forward together’ is what we strive to do every day as an Inclusion Centre within Queen Elizabeth High School.
Mrs Rhiannon Stephens Davies
Inclusion Centre Manager
Canolfan Elfed, Queen Elizabeth High School