National Star opens in Wales
National Star has opened its first education provision in Wales. It is for young people with profound learning difficulties and complex disabilities.
For parent Anthony Evans, National Star in Wales is the result of years of campaigning. His 19–year–old son Arwel is one of the first learners at the provision. Mr Evans launched his campaign when he realised that there was nowhere in Wales that offered specialist education as well as therapeutic support for young people from the age of 19.
‘Arwel has a twin brother and I look at the differences in opportunities. Arwel’s brother chose what he wanted to do. Arwel had no choices,’ said Mr Evans.
‘We’re overjoyed about National Star in Wales. Arwel has more capacity for learning. Now he will be able to do that and also receive the therapies that are so needed to keep him physically well.’
National Star at Mamhilad, Torfaen, has capacity for 16 learners. It has a modern sensory classroom and provides individualised learning programmes.
Learners can also access physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and psychological and behavioural support.