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Maesgwyn is a school for children with complex learning difficulties including: autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), moderate to severe learning difficulties, physical difficulties and Behaviour, Emotional & Social difficulties (BESD).

We currently have 136 pupils on role between the ages of eleven and nineteen.  Pupils are placed in classes based on key stage and personal needs.  For example at KS3 & KS4 we have bespoke EBD and ASD classes.

Pupils come to us, having been assessed by the educational psychologist. We have children from Cynon, Rhondda and Taff Ely districts. Following the psychologist's assessment, children considered for Maesgwyn are placed on a waiting list. Each term there is an admissions panel, when the district educational psychologists and the Headteacher discuss individual children's needs, and a list of priorities is drawn up. Parents and children are invited to visit the school as soon as possible to consider a placement at Maesgwyn School.

The school itself is a single storey building, set on a hillside near Aberdare; all classrooms are spacious with large windows. We have a large hall / gymnasium, where assemblies are held and P. E. is taught. We have a well-equipped information technology room, science laboratory, food technology room and design technology room.

Outside we are fortunate enough to have a football pitch, a large flat playground and pleasant school grounds (tended to by our own gardener and the children due our annual gardening week).  Furthermore, due to the school's commitment to a curriculum based on pupil needs we have excellent vocational facilities to improve the educational opportunities for our pupils.  These include a Skills Centre for teaching painting & decorating, a greenhouse and allotment for horticulture, an animal sanctuary for courses in animal care and a fully stocked hair & beauty salon.  Furthermore, we formulate excellent partnerships to ensure pupils have access to a wider variety of programmes including catering, car mechanics, plumbing, carpentry and electrical work. These activities are part of our Learning Pathways activities for 14-19 year old and complete our vocational curriculum.

We place great emphasis on the welfare of individuals and the development of skills to help support them post school life.  Supporting this is our sector leading well-being centre allowing pupil access to intervention programmes as diverse as nurture, structured play, music therapy, thrive, anger management, ELSA and full access to learning coach provision.

Maesgwyn is a happy, caring & welcoming environment and as a caring school we look forward to welcoming you to Maesgwyn.

Dr A Clark

Executive Headteacher

Mr S R Cruickshank

Deputy Headteacher

Maesgwyn School, Cwmdare Road, Cwmdare, Aberdare. CF44 8RE 
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