Priory Coleg Wales is celebrating nine of its students achieving academic success – demonstrating that a caring supportive environment can enable young people on the autistic spectrum to make the most of their lives.
The students, who have completed courses ranging from GCSE English and Maths to BTEC Level 3 Integrated science, are now preparing to start a wide range of programmes at further education colleges and universities or are taking alternative routes towards employment.
As well as gaining academic qualifications, they all have undertaken a series of independence and life skills programmes that were developed specifically to meet the needs of the individual.
Priory Coleg Wales, a specialist co-educational college for students aged 16 to 25 with Asperger syndrome and associated conditions, is an innovative partnership with Coleg Gwent.
The Coleg has a strong focus on ensuring that its students reach their full potential and that they are equipped with the life skills, confidence and academic ability to live a fulfilled and independent life as they progress into adulthood. It also makes sure that the young people are able to embrace further education and employment opportunities.
Claire Adsley, Service Manager for Priory Coleg Wales, said: “We provide a supportive and caring environment with programmes tailored to meet individual needs. The aim is to help our students grow academically as well as developing their life skills and knowledge to ensure they can make the most of their lives.
“We are very proud of our students and wish them well as they either start a university course or take other pathways to help them reach their full career potential.
“They all deserve their results and everyone at Priory Coleg Wales wishes them every success for the future in whatever they have chosen to do.”
The successful students comprise:
- Michael Spiller, who gained a distinction in BTEC Level 3 Construction, is going to do a construction degree at Cardiff University.
- Ross Badman who has been awarded a merit/distinction in BTEC Level 3 IT, is to study a creative writing degree at Caerleon University.
- Ieuan Marshall is on course to study a Foundation Degree in Forensic Science at Coleg Gwent’ Pontypool campus, after achieving a Distinction in his BTEC Level 3 Integrated Science.
- Zoe Dancey, now has a permanent part-time job, in partnership with Evolve, having passed a BTEC Level 1 in Art and Design.
- Daniel Foster has signed up to a Travel and Tourism course at Coleg Gwent’s Cross Keys Campus after he passed a BTEC Diploma in vehicle maintenance.
- Thomas John is considering part-time adult learning courses following the attainment of a merit/distinction in BTEC Level 3 IT.
- Laura Austwick has gained GCSEs in English (C) and Maths (E) and now plans to do an Art and Media course at Pontypool Campus.
- Alex Jacobs achieved a merit in a BTEC level 3 in Music and is carrying out voluntary work teaching guitar at Priory Coleg Wales while seeking local employment.
- Thomas Evans has passed a BTEC Level 3 in Interactive Media and is now looking to apply to University.
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