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About Us

Ysgol Hendrefelin is a local authority-maintained special school in Neath Port Talbot. We are situated on three sites, one in Bryncoch, Neath and two in Port Talbot.

The school currently provides for 164 pupils aged between 3 and 16 years. Our pupils have a wide range of additional learning needs, including autism, learning difficulties and social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Our curriculum shares the four purposes of the Curriculum for Wales and promotes our CARES core values and Thrive philosophy. At Ysgol Hendrefelin every pupil is valued as an individual and receives a bespoke set of learning experiences to advance their unique individual education plan. Learning opportunities and experiences are exciting, appropriate and wherever possible related to real-life contexts to enable our pupils to develop valuable life skills and reach their potential.

We pride ourselves on the high standards of achievement and excellent behaviour of our pupils. Our pupils are supported by a high level of staff-to-pupil ratio and a highly trained team of specialist staff who are well versed and experienced in all aspects of additional learning needs provision. We provide targeted interventions and specific support, across the curriculum for pupils’ academic, personal, health and well-being development.

Pupils benefit from our Residential Unit which enables us to provide 24-hour curriculum learning opportunities for our older pupils to develop independent living skills.


Community is at the heart of our core values and is central to the ethos of life at Ysgol Hendrefelin. We work with a wide range of external partners, and we actively encourage our parents, pupils, governors, partners and community, internally, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to collaborate to enable the best possible learning experiences for our wonderful pupils.