Pembrokeshire Local Authority

This page has information that is specifically tailored for those living in Pembrokeshire.

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For most children and young people, their additional needs will be met through universal and targeted school support. Further information about the roles and responsibilities of the school, outside agencies and families at the different tiers of provision is available in the Roles and Responsibilities for Tiered Provision document (click here). 

These pages provide schools and families with an overview of the specialist services as well as specialist provision that is available for children and young people with ALN and/or a disability.

In Pembrokeshire, for learners with more complex needs, a specialist placement in either the special school, a learning resource centre or the Pembrokeshire Learning Centre, provides wraparound care and educational support to the ensure the children achieve their full potential.

Learning Resource Centres (LRCs)

All about LRCs

  • A Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is a classroom based within a mainstream school providing education for pupils with complex needs.
  • LRCs have been set up to provide pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum that is highly differentiated in order to support them in achieving their full potential.
  • LRCs are attached to mainstream schools giving pupils the opportunity to be part of mainstream activities and lessons and to socialise with their peers whilst their individual needs are supported and met.

Where are the Learning Resource Centres?

There are number if LRCs across Pembrokeshire.

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Pembroke Dock CP School
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Johnston CP School
  • Complex Learning Needs, Fenton CP School
  • Complex Learning Needs, Ysgol Glannau Gwaun
  • Complex Learning Needs, Hakin Community School
  • Complex Learning NeedsMonkton, Priory CP School
  • Complex Learning NeedsMount, Airey CP School
  • Complex Learning NeedsMount Airey CP School
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Pembroke Dock CP School
  • Complex Learning Needs, Fenton CP School
  • Complex Learning Needs, Ysgol Glannau Gwaun
  • Complex Learning Needs, Hakin Community School
  • Complex Learning Needs, Hakin Community School
  • Complex Learning Needs, Monkton Priory CP School
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Johnston CP School
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Pembroke School
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Ysgol Bro Gwaun
  • An LRC is suitable for pupils with complex learning needs.

Who can access a Learning Resource Centre?

An LRC is suitable for pupils with complex learning needs.

When considering whether a young person is suitable for a placement, professionals will consider a range of criteria. Part of the criteria will be the students cognitive ability and their scores on standardised testing, as well as individual pupil profiles of needs.

How can the Service be accessed?

  • The County Council is the Admissions Authority for all Learning Resource Centres within schools.
  • Admission criteria for the Learning Resource Centres is set out in the admissions criteria booklet.
  • A panel of nominated school, Inclusion Service and Educational Psychology Service staff will discuss each pupil being considered for admission (‘the Panel’) and recommend the appropriateness of the placement.
  • Usually pupil’s will be admitted at the beginning of an academic year, but in exceptional circumstances, an extraordinary admissions panel will be convened to determine the appropriateness of the provision.
  • The referrals process starts in the Autumn term for the following September intake and places confirmed in March prior to entry.

If you feel that your child has additional needs and would need an LRC placement, you would need to discuss this with the Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCO) at your child’s school. They will be able to give more information regarding suitability and application.

The Pembrokeshire Learning Centre

Pembrokeshire Learning Centre (PLC) is a Pupil Referral Unit and Anxious and Phobic provision run by Pembrokeshire County Council which caters for children and young people with Behavioural, Emotional and Social difficulties.

The provision includes early and short term intervention for pupils in Key Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4. Provision for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils is based at the Penally Centre, Key Stage 3 pupils are based at the Pembrokeshire Learning Centre at Neyland. Pupils in Key Stage 3 and 4 with high anxieties are also based in Neyland.

The PLC provides a broad and balanced curriculum which follows the National Curriculum and is appropriately modified and differentiated for the needs of the individual child.
The whole spectrum of children’s needs is supported through the involvement of many professionals. Speech therapists, Child and Adult Mental Health Team and the school nurse make regular visits to the Pembrokeshire Learning Centre. Other specialist consultants, educational psychologists and Social Services are seen as integral and indispensable contributors to the school programme.

Terina Thomas
Pembrokeshire Learning Centre
Neyland
Pembrokeshire
SA73 1SH

Email: terina.l.thomas@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01646 602 473

Portfield School

Portfield School is a day special school maintained by Pembrokeshire County Council which caters for children and young people with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties in the age range 3 -19 years.

The school provides a broad and balanced curriculum which follows the National Curriculum and is appropriately modified and differentiated for the needs of the individual child.

The whole spectrum of children’s needs are supported through the involvement of many professionals. Speech Therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, School Nurse and the School Doctor make regular visits to the school, and other Specialist Consultants, Educational Psychologist and Social Services are seen as integral and indispensable contributors to the school programme.

Visit school website.

Mr Paul Hughes 
Acting Head Teacher Portfield School
Off Portfield Road
Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire
SA61 1BS

Tel: 01437 762701