Priory Colleges of North and South Wales

Priory is an independent specialist college, providing education and support for young people aged 16 to 25 years on the autistic spectrum.
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Priory Colleges of North and South Wales
Coleg Gwent
Blaendare Road
  • Course Length (weeks):
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Start Time:
    September, January & Easter
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16 – 25
  • Other Locations:
    Wrexham and Pontypool



General Description

Priory Colleges of Wales, based in Wrexham and Pontypool, is a partnership of independent specialist colleges for young adults aged 16 to 25 with Asperger's syndrome, autistic spectrum disorders and associated conditions We provide a safe and supportive specialist learning environment where our young adults can explore their own experiences, helping them to develop strategies for managing their condition as part of their lives.


We wish to enable young people to develop the confidence and skills they need for the next stage of their journey. We provide a range of opportunities including speech and language therapy, both one to one and group therapy, art therapy (including 1:1), as well as accredited independence training; covering transport, access to benefits and services, financial assistance, confidence building, behaviour management support, Disability Discrimination Act issues and personal growth.

Specialist Facilities

At the Priory Colleges in Wales both Wrexham and Pontypool, we offer a comprehensive initial assessment which is focused upon individual needs. We can supply speech, language and communication therapists and talking therapies;bespoke mental health support, individual counselling sessions can be booked and students can also access the mainstream college support through student services.

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Asperger syndrome
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Severe autism spectrum disorder
    • Autism spectrum disorder with associated challenging behaviour
    • Emotional difficulties
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
    • Communication difficulties
    • Moderate learning difficulties
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • Opportunities to attend local further education colleges with support
    • Opportunities to follow vocational courses
    • A social skills programme
    • Opportunities to prepare for work after college
    • A personal development programme
    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
    • A programme to enable students to learn more about themselves and how to form relationships
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • A transition programme into supported or open employment
    • Opportunities to prepare for further training after college
  • > Our specialist services

    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • A range of therapeutic services
    • Specialist orientation and mobility training to enable independent travel
    • Help with finding suitable long term provision
    • Specialist training to enable independent travel

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