Coleg Elidyr is a specialist residential Further Education College for young people with autism, learning difficulties and disabilities. We are the only further education college in Wales to been awarded ‘Advanced Accreditation’ by the National Autistic Society. We are also very proud to have recently been judged as ‘Excellent’ in all five of Estyn’s inspection areas and to have been shortlisted for 3rd consecutive year as ‘Specialist Provider of the Year’ by the Times Education Supplement (TES) Further Education Awards.

What People Say

  • ‘People benefit from staff who are motivated and have learners at the heart of all they do; this was evident during our discussions with staff and our observations during the inspection’. CSSIW Report, Feb 2016

  • ‘Tutors and support staff are passionate and enthusiastic practitioners who collaborate extremely well to support learners. The creative and well-planned curriculum and
    purposeful, strategic planning for progression in learners’ individual skills’.
    Estyn Inspection Report, December 2019

  • ‘ ‘Colg Elidyr is an exceptional educational opportunity.It is well run and professional, but most importantly it is a happy kind and safe community where these vulnerable young people can progress and achieve,’ one parent told us. ‘. Good Schools Guide 2018

  • ‘The Award Committee were particularly impressed with the strong focus on encouraging and training students to express opinion and make informed decisions’.  National Autistic Society 2019

  • Our son has progressed in every area more than we ever thought he could.  He has the freedom within the college to go out on his own to visit other houses.  That’s something he’s never been able to do before, so his confidence has grown. Parent comment 2019

  • ‘Nearly all learners make exceptional progress in developing their communication skills. This is a strength and enables learners to access the wider curriculum on offer. A majority of learners strengthen their communication effectively with signs or through other resources. ‘. Estyn Inspection Report, December 2019

  • ‘Work standards are closely monitored as our organisation produces a range of luxury products. The quality of the work undertaken is to a very high standard…without doubt the contribution by students is of paramount importance to our organisation’. Myddfai Trading company 2016

  • ‘Overall we found that Coleg Elidyr offered a truly unique service for people with a range of learning disabilities. People were offered numerous opportunities and we found that there was a clear ennoblement focus on developing skills and maximising potential’. CSSIW Report 2014

  • ‘The holistic, person-centred approach is exactly what [our daughter] needs’.  Parent comment 2019

  • ‘Coleg Elidyr allows students to explore so many opportunities. Students learn to live together and become more independent on a naturally therapeutic site that is calming and welcoming. The addition of new buildings has upgraded the facilities to the highest level and the future plans will create a thoroughly modern college; a college that remains in touch with its holistic and natural roots. Quite a find. ‘.  Good Schools Guide 2018

  • ‘The college provides learners with exceptionally high levels of care, support and guidance. The very effective whole-college total communication strategy for supporting learners enables them to develop their learning and social skills and prepares them extremely well for adulthood’.  Estyn Inspection Report, December 2019

  • ‘Coleg Elidyr has a comprehensive training programme that gives breadth and depth to understanding autism for all staff on the site including academic, house staff, ancillary and administration teams’ National Autistic Society Accreditation Report 2019

How to apply

Read our latest Estyn Inspection Report

                                                                                                    National Autistic Society ADVANCED ACCREDITATION ACHIEVED