Craig y Parc

A special school and home for disabled children and young people

Video describing Craig y Parc special school for disabled children
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Jamie's story


How Craig y Parc inspired 17 year old Jamie to follow his dreams of becoming an actor

Established in 1955, Craig y Parc has a reputation for helping our students to realise their educational and personal potential. We’re more than just a school and go further than just providing education.

A centre of excellence

We were rated as good with outstanding features in the last Estyn report – their highest rating.

Craig y Parc is also a Centre of Excellence for Mobility Opportunities Via Education (MOVE)

This programme enables children with physical impairments and / or complex needs to improve their skills in independent sitting, standing, walking and transferring whilst working on their own personal and functional goals to reach their potential.

What we offer

We offer flexible placements (day, termly and 52 weeks) to children and young people, aged three to nineteen years old, with complex support needs, including physical and sensory impairments, and severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).

Our approach

All our students are individuals with their own family background and interests. We’re committed to working with them and parents and carers, in partnership with local authorities, other agencies and local communities, to promote and safeguard students’ welfare and educational development.

All of our staff work in a trans-disciplinary approach, specifically designed to support students with complex support needs. As well as a class group teacher and learning support assistant, every student has access to a key team. This includes a physiotherapist, a speech and language therapist, a nurse and social care staff. Each student who has a placement at Craig y Parc has a keyworker, who coordinates and oversees their care support plan and liaises with family and carers.


Our extensive and accessible site includes raised activity and sensory based walkways with colourful, imaginative and sensory gardens. Indoors we have well equipped classrooms and multi-sensory spaces, an IT suite for group ICT work, a hydrotherapy pool and rebound therapy facilities.

All our classrooms have interactive whiteboards and other specialist Assistive Technology equipment and software. This creates an engaging environment through multi-sensory, hands-on learning.

Leisure activities

Evenings and weekends offer residential and respite students valuable time for relaxation and opportunities for a variety of leisure experiences, both scheduled and spontaneous. Each young person is encouraged and supported to find out what they enjoy. These activities are fundamental to our work in supporting them to develop their identity and self-esteem.

Residential care staff work with the students in the evening and at weekends promoting self-help and communication skills, while developing leisure interests and social skills – both onsite and in the local community.

In addition, the school has its own fleet of adapted vehicles to access community and leisure facilities in the surrounding area.

Health and support

We have registered nurses available 24 hours per day, who work closely with care support staff to monitor and assess students' health needs. They liaise with outside health services and arrange

  • weekly clinics with the school doctor
  • regular visits by the community dietician
  • annual dental screening at the school
  • and immunisation programmes

Some students at Craig y Parc may have particularly complex health needs. The nursing team provide advice, training, monitoring and upskilling for staff in all aspects of individual health needs such as administration of medication, epilepsy, tracheostomy care, gastrostomy care, enteral feeding (tube feeding) and suctioning.

Other services

Children's home

We have a separately registered children’s home, Ty Cwtch, which provides residential and short breaks (also known as respite) services, fully integrated with school resources and provision. Families can come along to workshops and open days or visit their children. Our doors are open for families wishing to stay during their visit.

Paediatric rehabilitation


Contact us

Craig y Parc School
Heol y Parc
CF15 9NB

029 2089 0397

CSSIW report

Our latest CSSIW report

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Estyn report

Our latest Estyn report - links to report page

 Estyn rated the school 'Good' and 'Outstanding' for care in November 2013.

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The partnership between the school and parents and carers is exemplary. Parents and carers are fully involved in decisions about their child’s curriculum and programmes. Staff listen carefully to what parents tell them about what their children can do well, their likes and dislikes and their behaviour. This valuable information is used carefully by all staff to help them meet pupils’ needs.
Estyn report
The fact that I can tell you my story at all shows what amazing stuff this school can do. When I first came here, I couldn’t even tell my left and right. Before, I wasn’t very awake or alert. I was a bit dead really. I didn’t feel like I was part of the world. Now everything’s changed. Now, I feel I can do anything. Not quite invincible, but not far off!
Jamie, a recent Craig y Parc student