Tour of the School

Hopefully from these pictures you can get a better insight into the way of life at Ysgol Cedewain.





Hafren block



Tegid and Vyrnwy



Banwy and Banwy’s sensory garden



Tanat and the cafe



Autumn Fayre

in aid of Ysgol Cedewain

Autumn Fayre

Friday 22nd November


Ysgol Cedewain

6pm – adults 50p – children free

      crafts & gifts                       BOOKS


  food hamper                  cake stall 


refreshments                raffles           


                white elephant                 


please come and support us!




Ysgol Cedewain is situated in Newtown, Powys amidst stunning countryside where pupils are able to enjoy and engage in a variety of outdoor educational activities including Forest School, sports and leisure activities.

The school has a highly skilled, motivated and committed staff team who create excellent working relationships with pupils and their families to ensure consistent approaches to learning. The school utilizes a range of specialist approaches and has specialist equipment to promote pupils learning. The staff also work closely with a multi disciplinary team of professionals to ensure that the very best care and education is provided for each and every individual.

The curriculum incorporates the Foundation Phase, National Curriculum (modified and adapted to meet the needs of and to challenge our learners according to their very individual needs) and a vocational, modular curriculum approach for older teenagers. All pupils leave the school with externally recognized qualifications.

The school curriculum is also complemented by a range of therapies and outdoor educational and sports activities.

Welsh is taught throughout school though English is the main language in use. Staff and pupils are encouraged to use and celebrate the Welsh language and culture at every opportunity.

At Ysgol Cedewain we foster an atmosphere where it is important to celebrate pupil achievement no matter how small the steps of progress being made. There is a very respectful, supportive and happy ethos within the school and a warm welcome for visitors.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

Russell Cadwallader

Head Teacher

The Duke of Edinburgh Award 2019 – 2020

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is open to anyone aged 14 to 24 (not just fans of the great outdoors), and encourages teamwork and social interaction.

At Ysgol Cedewain we are a Licenced Centre and we offer the Duke of Edinburgh award for all our pupils aged 14 and above.  Last year we had 10 students that completed their Bronze Award and the previous year 9 completed their Silver.  This year as well as running a Bronze and Silver group, we are delighted to be offering Gold for the first time.

There are four sections of the award.  Volunteering, Skills and Physical, and an Expedition.  At the Gold level there is an additional requirement to complete a five-day residential challenge, either working for the community or learning a new skill.

The expedition section involved one expedition for Bronze and a practice and a final assessed expedition for Bronze and Gold.  The time-span of the expedition depends on the level of the award they are following. The students are supervised on the expeditions by suitably qualified staff.

The award is a great opportunity to reward pupils for activities they are already undertaking. It also encourages pupils to consider their community, increase their health and fitness levels, learn new skills and develop their independence.
More information can be found at the following link –

Kris Jones fundraising for Ysgol Cedewain

Kris Jones is going to be climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland, and Snowdon in North Wales, and was hoping to raise funds for Ysgol Cedewain in the process. Kris said he would like to raise money for our school because special education needs is a large part in his life, as his brother has autism.

He hopes to earn money for classroom supplies. Every little helps.

If you wish to support him on his climbs please follow the link below. 

Ysgol Cedewain Prom 2018

This year the school prom was held in the Sixth Form garden, making the most of the great weather. A hog roast was had for dinner and dancing to the music has continued throughout the day. This year’s Prom King and Prom Queen are Jordan Yapp and Victoria Hester, seen in the picture above accompanied by our Headteacher, Russell Cadwallader.

Ysgol Cedewain – Pupil Deprivation Grant Spending Plan 2018-19


Pupil Deprivation Grant Spending Plan 2018-2019


No of Pupils claiming Free School Meals:      31 Pupils


Total Grant allocated                                      £35,650.00


The following school based programs were identified for PDG funding;


Family Liaison Officer


A member of staff has been assigned to this role for 3 days week.  They are working with parents / carers and outside agencies to co co-ordinate annual education reviews and care and support meetings.


Staffing Cost Training Costs Travel & Subsistence Resources Total Cost Grant SIP Priority
£14,387.00 £1000.00 £100.00 £700.00 £16,187.00 PDG Priority 2


Pupil Intervention Co-ordinators


Two members of staff have been assigned to this role, each for 1 day per week, to work with small groups or individual pupils who have been identified as requiring additional support for both literacy and numeracy.  Both staff will spend time visiting other schools, both mainstream and SEN provisions in order to gain an insight from others who run similar programmes of support.


Staffing Cost Training Costs Travel & Subsistence Resources Total Cost Grant SIP Priority
£9,592.00 £1500.00 £200.00 £700.00 £11,992.00 PDG Priority 2



ELSA Practitioners


Three members of staff have been assigned to this role, each for 1 day per week, to work with small groups or individual pupils who have been identified as requiring additional emotional support through emotional literacy.  One member of staff completed the ELSA training course with Alun Flynn’s team in the autumn term, and has set up the programme here in School.  Two additional staff members will complete the ELSA training programme during the summer term 2018.


Staffing Cost Training Costs Travel & Subsistence Resources Total Cost Grant SIP Priority
£4,796.00 £1500.00 £300.00 £875.00 £7,471.00 PDG Priority 6



New Build for Ysgol Cedewain


A priority for Powys County Council’s new 21st century school building scheme is an innovative and state-of-the-art build to replace the outdated school in Plantation Lane, Newtown.

Approximately £40million has been included in the project for Ysgol Cedewain, ensuring that the most vulnerable pupils in Powys get the high level of care and facilities required.

Mr Graham Owen, Chair of Governors at Ysgol Cedewain added: “The Governing Body is very pleased that, after many years of campaigning for a new school in view of the dilapidated condition of the current buildings, Powys County Council is intending to provide a new school and much improved facilities for some of the most vulnerable pupils in Powys. The Governing Body hopes that building of the new school will commence at the earliest possible opportunity to alleviate the very difficult situation with the current school’s infrastructure. The Governing Body would also like to pay tribute to the high standard of care and education provided by the staff at Ysgol Cedewain in very difficult circumstances.”

The site of the new build has not yet been decided but more updates will be on the way.