WELCOME FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
As part of Bridgend College, Weston House has a long and distinguished history of providing support for learners with disabilities in order for them to learn, develop as young people and prepare for a positive future with greater opportunities. It is a unique setting in Wales whereby we provide specialist residential education for young adults with disabilities within a general mainstream further education college. As a result, our learners mix with disabled and non-disabled learners on an equal but moreover on a “normalised” basis.
Our Weston House motto is “Be all that we can be” as we feel this reflects our ethos and what we want for each and every one of our learners. As a committed team of professionals, we provide many varied and stimulating activities and experiences in order to teach, stretch and develop our learners and equip them with the skills, attitudes and qualifications they need to help them achieve their aspirations. They leave us as more confident citizens, ready to take their place in society and to lead more productive and so fuller lives.
Simon Pirotte, Principal / Chief Executive
WHAT PARENTS & LEARNERS ARE SAYING ABOUT US
I was a residential student at Weston House for four years, leaving in July 2016.
I loved living there, the staff were amazing, they were very friendly and helped me do all the things I found difficult.
I always felt at home. I had many friends at Weston House and we were very happy.
I am now very independent, I work in a cafe and do performing Arts in Bridgend and this is all because of the wonderful Weston House.
We are so pleased that Michael’s at Weston House. He’s really happy and thriving – and growing in confidence.
Weston House gives him a wonderful opportunity to learn to live away from home and along with other young people.
It’s a great stepping-stone, essential for Michael’s future independence.
He enjoys excellent 24 hour care and support. Friendly and well-trained staff take great care to understand Michael’s needs and what makes him happy – so it’s a real home from home for him and he settled in easily from the very first day.
Following on from our children’s diagnosis nearly twenty years ago we quickly accepted and came to terms with our circumstances and worked tirelessly to give them every opportunity. With Fragile X syndrome all studies suggest extending and maintaining focused education was key and for that reason we chose Weston House in Bridgend for both our sons.
Since starting there we have seen huge improvements in their behaviour, communication skills, comprehension and their key life skills.
It is clear that Weston house is focusing on their needs to enable them to deal more confidently with the future and potentially independent living.
I attended a Special Needs School from age 12 until 19 and then applied to Bridgend College, Weston House immediately after leaving school.
I studied in the Pre-vocational department before advancing onto mainstream achieved an overall Distinction for my Performing Arts Level 2 course.
As a result of this I am currently doing my Level 3 in performing Arts and hopefully will become a famous film and stage actor, hopefully in Hollywood, which would be my dream. Attending Weston House has enabled me to achieve the unthinkable.
Here we are, mother and daughter enjoying each other as individuals in our own right. Until Weston House this dynamic was very different – more carer and cared for.
We have witnessed Hannah develop her own personality that we all enjoy, and become the confident, happy, more independent young lady we always dreamed of.
As a parent this is all you can wish for your child and Weston House has allowed what was a dream to be a reality for my family.