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Residents at Summergil House Tell Inspectors Their Home is ‘The Best’

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Residents at Orbis Summergil House ‘have a voice’ and ‘are supported to be as healthy as they can be and to achieve to their potential’ the latest Care Inspectorate Wales inspection has found.

Summergil also won praise for its ‘person-centred approach’ and for making use of the site’s extensive grounds to carry out stimulating activities, like gardening, bush-craft and caring for chickens and rabbits, to support the ‘learning, development and physical health’ of its residents.

Matt Dobbs, Registered Manager at Summergil, said: “We have a collective commitment to ensuring all of those within our care feel supported, and empowered to express themselves as individuals, and we are continually striving to provide exemplary levels of care for our young people.”

“To have this hard work and dedication formally recognised by Care Inspectorate Wales is an absolute delight to the team here at Summergil House.”

Inspectors also remarked that ‘pictures showed that young people had enjoyed their Halloween and Christmas celebrations, and trips out to various theme parks and play centres’ and that ‘a young person we spoke to told us that their home was “the best”’.

CIW observed that ‘staff were happy in their work’ and that new staff spoke positively about their inductions as well as a buddy scheme where they are matched with more experienced staff for mentoring purposes too.

Mike Currier, CEO at Orbis Education and Care, said: “This report from Care Inspectorate Wales is testament to the hard work and dedication of our colleagues at Summergil House, who provide a warm, caring and empowering environment where our children learn to live as independently as possible.”

Ty Coryton is a ‘caring and inclusive school’, says Estyn report

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The latest annual Estyn monitoring inspection at Orbis Ty Coryton shows pupils are supported to form ‘trusting relationships with staff’ and ‘respond positively to the caring and inclusive ethos of the school’.

Ty Coryton was also praised for ‘strongly’ promoting values of ‘tolerance and respect’, and for supporting its pupils in developing ‘valuable independence skills’ effectively too.

Kelly Price, Head of Education at Ty Coryton, was also commended for promoting stability within the school as a leader who is ‘passionate for staff to develop their skills’.

Kelly said: “Effective schooling of our children relies not just on the fantastic education staff we have, but also the dedication and commitment of our care, clinical, administrative, maintenance and other colleagues too.

“To have our hard work and dedication formally recognised by Estyn confirms that we are doing well to care and educate those we are here to support. It is as an absolute delight to the team here at Ty Coryton.”

The report also identified a culture where ‘leaders know the school very well’ and where the board of governors is ‘fully involved’ in the school’s self-evaluation process as a whole.

Multi-disciplinary working was also deemed to be ‘a significant strength of the school’ and ‘highly effective in meeting the needs of pupils’, with many engaging ‘consistently well’ in their learning and respond ‘enthusiastically’ as a result.

Mike Currier, CEO at Orbis Education and Care, said: “We’re truly thrilled that the team’s efforts to create a warm, welcoming and above all supportive environment for young people have been formally recognised. We are very proud of our team at Ty Coryton and congratulate them on their success.”

Summergil pupil finds his ‘hoppy’ place as award-winning rabbit breeder

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One of our pupils has found his ‘hoppy’ place as an award-winning rabbit breeder attending animal shows across the UK.

Nathan regularly takes his beloved pets to some of the largest animal shows in the UK and has even been made an honorary Welsh ‘fancier’ – a breeder of high standards.

His new-found status contrasts with his early days as a quiet pupil at Summergil House. Now Nathan also has plans to qualify as a mechanic, having taken up regular work experience at a nearby garage as a result of the confidence breeding rabbits has given him too.

Nathan’s mum, Sam Mansell, said: “He really enjoys the social side of the shows, which have given him a confidence that he has taken into other areas of his life and will, all being well, take into the future workplace too. We couldn’t be prouder of him and the progress he is making as a result.”

Nathan’s involvement in the shows he attends now extends to stewarding, displays and award duties, and has seen him claim rosettes at The Royal Welsh Show, Three Counties Show, Swindon Show and the largest small animal show in the country at Doncaster, to name a few.

Orbis staff at Summergil House have also seen a quiet and introverted student grow into a confident young man since he took up the hobby.

Rachel Hackling, Head of Education at Summergil House, said: “He is a shining example of how anyone can make remarkable progress regardless of what their challenges may be. We are all super proud to count Nathan as one of our own here at Summergil House and can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.”

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