Welcome from the Director of Education
Hello, and a warm welcome to our school website. I hope that by visiting this site you will gain an understanding of the work that is carried out at Orbis Schools, the achievements made by our pupils, and our vision, aims and values.
Orbis Schools prides itself on providing a friendly, caring and supportive environment that encourages our pupils to reach their full potential.
Our pupils are very important to us and supporting them to progress throughout their academic lives underpins everything that we do. This website allows me to share the dynamic experiences available here and show you how the curriculum can be personalised to suit the individual needs of every young person that walks through our doors. As well as educating our pupils, we place huge importance on their well-being, health and care needs.
The staff team at Orbis Schools are dedicated to helping our pupils to become caring and thoughtful members of the community. There is a strong emphasis on communication by whatever means is appropriate to the individual, as we believe that when our pupils are able to communicate their wants and needs, they will have the confidence and the skills to make their way in the world when they leave us.
We firmly believe in listening to our pupils. Many contribute to various aspects of school life through the Student Council, Eco Committee and making choices about the school on behalf of their peers. All pupils contribute to their annual reviews either in person or through informative booklets completed prior to the meeting. Further to this, we have a comprehensive and successful work-experience programme which allows pupils to gain essential real-world work skills and continuous learning, working in The Orb – a shop, cafe, laundry, office and kitchen on the high street in Porth and Morriston. In fact, so successful has this provision been that we have recently been awarded the Careers Wales Quality Mark for our overall work experience offering. Add to that our Wales Care Awards for recognition of our quality and model of care .
While this website provides a lot of interesting information, it is no substitute for a visit to our school. We welcome you to meet our pupils and their staff and to spend some time in our beautiful grounds in order to gain a better understanding of what it feels like to be a member of the Orbis Schools Community.
Very best wishes,
Director of Education
Orbis Education and Care
Careers Wales Quality Mark – Awarded July 2016
Laura Haysham (left), Helen Rees (middle photo: second from left) and Paula O’Donovan collect their Wales Care Awards
Dan Y Coed House is an independent school situated in West Cross Swansea, adjacent to Swansea Bay. The school provides education for pupils ages 5 to 19 (day before their 20th birthday) who have a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). This is a new service which opened on the 6th November 2017, and is part of the “Orbis Education and Care” group.
The Head Teacher is Mrs Emma Thomas, who was appointed in September 2017. The Director of Education is Lucy Pottinger. The school has not yet been inspected. There is currently 1 teacher and 6 Learning Support Assistants. The education team is supported by an extensive clinical team comprising of Speech and Language, Behaviour specialists, Occupational therapy and associated technicians.
The school is in the period of transition from a temporary building to a newly refurbished bespoke building. The school has a fully fitted Life skills room, and a state of the art immersive technology suite. There is a small sensory garden and an area of land for outdoor activities which will expand once the temporary building is removed in May 2018. The school is situated at the entrance to the Gower which provides pupils with an extensive array of opportunities to utilise the natural environment of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to enhance pupils educational experiences and wellbeing.
As a service Dan Y Coed House provides a safe, happy, stimulating and meaningful environment for pupils with an ASD and we are achieving this through the delivery of a continually developing framework, promoting access to experiential lifelong learning experiences whilst having a focus of promoting independence and wellbeing. Our pupils follow a balanced curriculum, tailored to their individual skills, needs and interests. This encompasses appropriate access to the National Curriculum and associated programmes of activities which enable pupils to develop transferability of skills and meet their wider needs such as keeping healthy and physically fit. Underpinning and supporting this provision through individual programmes for all staff to follow and group and 1:1 sessions, are the specialist services of our onsite multi-disciplinary team. This enables the therapists on site to assess pupils in a range of situations and develop intervention programmes which meet the practical needs of pupils, moving away from the traditional ‘appointment’ style of delivery.
Mission, Aims and Values
Our primary aim is to provide a safe and secure school environment that encourages individuality, confidence and self-esteem. We aim to optimise Quality of Life for our pupils by developing, nurturing and promoting independence. Our service model is Positive Behavioural Support, which directs us to focus on improving quality of life, thus rendering challenging behaviour less necessary. We will ensure that everyone in our school is supported to develop a positive image, overcome barriers to learning and have valued roles in society.
Our Aims and Values
Access and Inclusion Policy
First Aid Policy
Freedom of Information
• Particulars of academic performance
• Number of staff employed at the school including temporary staff and a summary of their qualifications
If you wish to receive this information please contact Lucy Pottinger (Head of Education) either by:
Telephone: 02920 544290 / 01874 712353
Dan Y Coed School
Orbis Education & Care Ltd,
Huntington Close, West Cross
Telephone Number: 01792 343139