ALN News 2014-15

April 2015



Holly’s Ball was launched at the National Assembly for Wales in November 2010 by Holly’s Assembly Member Jeff Cuthbert. 

The launch was attended by assembly members, professionals, parents and people touched by autism.

The launch of the 2015 National Autism Heroes Awards took place on 2nd April 2015 at the National Assembly for Wales. Karen MacDonald ALNCo, Sally England ALN Assistant, Ethan Evans and Owen Instrell Year 9 attended the launch where they were also informed that they had reached the shortlist of 3 for their nominated category.

Extra Mile Award

The award for a teacher, headteacher, teaching assistant, etc, who has gone that extra mile to help children.

There are 3 finalists including:

·         Karen Macdonald from St John's

·         Sally England from St John’s

The Outstanding Personal Achievement award in Education

There are 3 finalists in this award category including:

·         Ethan Evans from St John’s

Simon Brooks Ray of Hope Award for Friendship

This is a new Category this year in memory of a very special young man who is no longer with us because bullying got too much.
We hope that you are happy Simon wherever you are now.
This Award Category serves to remind us that friendship is so important because it really can help pull us through very difficult times.

There are 3 finalists in this award category including:

·         Owen Instrell from St John’s 

Holly’s ball will take place on June 27th at the Marriott Hotel in Swansea. The Awards will be presented on the night.


January 2015

As part of the ASDAN  CoPE course, Year 10 pupils set up a business venture making and selling handmade cards during the school Christmas Fayre. The money raised was donated to charity. 

December 2014

Pupils with additional learning needs achieve at or above expected levels. Many achieve at least five equivalent to grades A*-G and a few achieve grades A*-C including English and mathematics.

The pupils receive very good guidance and support during and at the end of each key stage. There is a beneficial range of guidance events including options fairs and parents’ information evenings. As a result, pupils follow appropriate learning pathways well matched to their needs and aspirations and achieve very good standards.

The quality of support for pupils with additional learning needs is very good. The curriculum arrangements and learning support provided ensure that these pupils achieve well. Individual education plans are tailored well to the individual and reviewed regularly. The school successfully involves parents and external agencies in the planning and provision of additional support.


November 2014

Congratulations to Robins Klava,Year 10, on achieving 100% attendance. He was rewarded with a gift voucher.


September 2014

Congratulations to Jack Traynor Year 7 and Mrs MacDonald for completing the Swansea Bay 10k event on September 21st. Jack participated in the junior 1km junior race and Mrs MacDonald participated in the 10km race. Well done both!


September 2014

Congratulations to all pupils who have received support from the ALN Department throughout their GCSE and BTEC studies. The ALN team are very proud of the results you have achieved. From Mrs Mac and the Support Assistants.


May 2014

Congratulations to the following pupils on receiving a Commendation for their efforts in English/Maths from Mrs MacDonald.

Year 7: Emily John, Jade Allen, Chloe Vincent, Declan Johns, Georgia Connelly

Year 8: Emily Johns, Oliver Thomas, Owen Instrell, Caitlin Haughty, Ethan Hancock

Year 9: Robins Klava, Kirils Klava, Molly Bright, Lauren Sparkes Not pictured as they were attending a Study skills presentation