Specialist Support Services


At Penmaes we have a full time qualified nurse and a full time nursing support assistant, both of whom are available on the school site during the school day.  They coordinate all medical aspects of our childrens care including administration of medication.


There is a physiotherapy team based at Penmaes, working to help children to reach their potential in the areas of mobility, function and independence.  The level of physiotherapy will be agreed between parents, staff and the therapists.  Individual programmes are drawn up to meet the needs of the pupil.  In addition to Physiotherapy other professionals including Occupational Therapists and Orthotics regularly visit school.


For those pupils that have communication difficulties, the Speech and Language team offers support at Penmaes.  An initial assessment will identify the short and long term goals for pupils and by working closely with all staff members, the best way forward can be agreed.  Communication is a vital part of a childs development and independence, a number of communication programmes are widely used at Penmaes.  A number of alternative communication approaches are used at Penmaes including Makaton, symbols and communication aides.


We have a part time Music Therapist working at Penmaes. Music Therapy is essentially a social activity involving communication, listening and sharing.  Music can be a motivator and can be used to promote development work for pupils with physical or learning difficulties.   Pupils are encouraged to use accessible percussion and other instruments and their own voices to explore the world of sound and create a musical language of their own.