Ysgol Aberconwy are proud to announce that, after an appraisal visit from CReSTeD (Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils), the school has been awarded CReSTeD status, once again, for the eleventh year.
Ysgol Aberconwy is only one of two secondary schools in Wales to feature on the CReSTeD schools register and, following the visit, the CReSTeD Board has approved the school for another three years.
CReSTeD status recognises that, Ysgol Aberconwy, as a whole school, meets specific criteria for providing support to students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD as well as ASD.
Headteacher Mr Gerrard, Helen Samuel Dyslexia Specialist teacher for ABCD (Conwy’s Local Authority dyslexia resource within Ysgol Aberconwy) and Clare Hodgson ALNCo, are pleased that the school has maintained its CReSTeD status.
The visit entailed a rigorous scrutiny of records, discussions with parents and students, as well as lesson observations, and took into account all areas and aspects of the school, not just the ABCD resource. The CReSTeD representative commended, amongst other things, on the school’s provision for all students to read for 20 minutes in school every day, and this policy has inspired other CReSTeD headteachers to look at introducing this policy within their own schools.
Mr Gerrard stated, “As a school we are incredibly proud to host the ABCD resource as part of the support we are able to offer to students studying at Ysgol Aberconwy. It is important to give students additional support where it’s needed, whilst at the same time allowing them to continue in mainstream education - this is something we’re fortunate to have.”