National Star in Wales
National Star in Wales is a day college for 16 to 25-year-old disabled students with complex physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism spectrum condition and acquired brain injury. Based near Pontypool, we provide personalised education and therapeutic programmes for students with ALN. Promoting independence, autonomy and participation is at the heart of all that we do.
What is our catchment area?
Our students travel on a daily basis from throughout Wales including Cardiff, Newport, Torfaen, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire and Cwmbran.
Our curriculum is personalised to each student, focusing on developing skills for a more independent and active life after college regardless of their disability. Each student with ALN is supported to develop life skills and communication skills, as well as literacy and numeracy. Students have access to a range of therapies, including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. This results in students becoming more independent and less reliant on others in later life.
Programmes include creative arts (art, music, IT, photography and multimedia), cooking and sensory learning, alongside accredited qualifications. Students also take part in work-related activities within college and at external work placements. Recent placements have included National Museum Cardiff and Cafe on the Park Mamhilad. Welsh language and culture form an essential part of the curriculum, culminating in the students planning and participating in a yearly Eisteddfod.
National Star recognises that everyone has different abilities and needs. That’s why every student receives individualised support to meet their health and care needs. For example, students with profound and multiple learning difficulties take part in a sensory-based curriculum and activities in our specially equipped classroom.
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We take time to get to know our prospective students and their families before they join us. This means that from day one we are working towards the student’s long-term goals and aspirations for when they leave college.
Our multi-disciplinary team approach
We are experts in working as part of multi-disciplinary teams to enable students to make measurable progress and achieve outcomes. For example, a learner who aspired to work within the media industry was supported to gain work experience and ultimately a long-term voluntary role with a local community radio station.
Another student had a goal of using his AAC device more consistently to communicate with others. After two years with National Star, he left college with increased verbal communication and less reliance on his communication device.
Our team includes personalised tutors, teaching assistants, support workers, a behaviour practitioner and therapists. We are proud that one of our team was named Support Worker of the Year in the National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards in Wales.
Learning in the community
We have strong community links and use these to ensure that students experience different learning environments and experiences. For example, students use a local gym for fitness and run food service Cafe Seren in house. Partnerships have also been made with other local colleges to increase learning opportunities.