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Penybryn Special School - UPOSS

Ysgol Penybryn were successful in a bid to secure funding for supporting transition of Penybryn Special School and ALN STF pupils into appropriate learning pathways within Gower College.

Ysgol Penybryn

To achieve this we had to:

  • Identify and allocate staff to the project 
  • Quantify to actual Wednesday activities and participants 
  • Develop positive relationships between Penybryn and Gower College 
  • Develop and support transition between Penybryn and STFs 
  • Develop/work with the college to produce materials to support the inclusion.


Project name

Support for the successful transition of Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn students plus students from STF's onto appropriate learning pathways at Gower College

Aim of the project

Successful transition from Secondary school to Further Education. Students have weekly access to Gower college where they follow a study programme, enabling a smooth transition with prior knowledge of college staff and environment.


All students attend Gower college one morning a week, where they follow an Agored Cymru NOCN accredited course. Over a period of one academic year a student could gain three accredited modules, such as Sport and Leisure, Dance and Drama and Health and Hygiene. The students also access college facilities such as the cafe which allows them to become familiar with their surroundings whilst promoting independence and self help skills.


Gower College, Cefn Hengoed Comprehensive School, Morriston Comprehensive School


  • There has been improved communication between school and college
  • The accredited courses offered have been tailor made to suit the student's needs and abilities
  • School staff have delivered best practice training to college staff
  • College staff have undertaken training, both delivered by Pen-y-Bryn staff and externally, in current good practice in SEN
  • Pen-y-Bryn/Cefn Hengoed staff practice improved because of training delivered
  • Parents transition worries lessened because of regular college programme
  • Greater links with STFs in mainstream schools for both staff and students
  • Huge improvements in self esteem and confidence
  • Extra qualifications received 
  • From completing the UPOSS monitoring form it is clearly shown that the project is sustainable beyond this initial funding


Further Activity

  • Students to access the college for a three day period to consolidate and enhance transition process
  • To sustain the links with the STFs after the project has ended
  • To make further links with other STFs with an invitation to join Pen-y-Bryn students
  • To enhance transition process with a Transition Booklet produced by the college with useful information for both students and parents
  • Student to be given evaluation forms
  • Parent to be given questionnaire
  • Pupil Profiles updated and to be shared with college to aid transition

Evidence and Data

  • Agored Cymru NOCN certificates
  • Students increased self esteem and confidence is evident
  • Work books used by college staff now written using alternative and augmented communication systems
  • Analysis of student evaluation forms
  • Analysis of parental questionnaire
  • Minutes of meetings held between partners
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