Welcome from the Director of Children’s Services

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,

Lucy Pottinger
Director of Children’s Services

Orbis Education and Care


Our History

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 Mission

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

Through our person centred approach:

  • We will encourage all of our pupils to develop skills and abilities which will enable them to make progress in their education and be part of their community.
  • We will ensure that all of our pupils are central to all planning and development and supported to make informed choices
  • We will ensure that we engage with families’, friends and advocates throughout and support our pupils to develop and maintain relationships
  • We will encourage pupils to participate in positive risk taking in order to develop roles, responsibilities and confidence within their daily lives
  • We will enable our pupils to optimise their independence


Our Objectives

  • All plans will be based on a comprehensive assessment of need completed by a multi-disciplinary team
  • The pupils and family will be integral to this process
  • Every pupil will have an individualised programme of learning
  • Every pupil will have an educated and skilled team around them that understands and respects their individual needs
  • Every pupil will have individualised education plan that will be updated on a termly basis based on prior achievement and national assessment criteria
  • Every pupil will have a positive behaviour support plan
  • Every pupil will have a risk assessment and management plan that enables them to take risks in a considered way.

Freedom of Information

The following information is available upon request

• Particulars of academic performance
• Number of staff employed at the school including temporary staff and a summary of their qualifications
• During 2018-2019 there were no formal complaints
• Particulars of education and welfare provision for pupils with statements and for pupils whom English or Welsh is an additional language.

All pupils have individual education plans which meet their complex needs, statement/EHCP objectives, ensure a good quality of life and prepare them for future pathways. These plans are shared with all stakeholders.

Where pupils have additional language needs, extra provision is provided as required. For example, specifically trained learning support assistants. 

Particulars of academic performance, including the results of any public examinations, are available on request. 

The number of staff employed at the school and a summary of their qualifications is available on request. 

If you wish to receive this information please contact Emma Thomas (Head of Education) either by:

Email: emma.thomas@orbis-group.co.uk

Telephone: 01792 343139


Complaints and Concerns Policy 2019

Formal Complaints Received
2017-2018 0
2018-2019 0

Contact Us

Head of Education: Emma Thomas

School Address

Dan Y Coed School
Orbis Education & Care Ltd,
Huntington Close, West Cross
Telephone Number: 01792 343139


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