Welcome from the Director of Chilren’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 Summergil, the achievements made by our pupils, and our vision, aims and values.

Summergil 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. Indeed our school shares a site with our registered children’s home, which offers residential placements for those who wish to both live and learn at Summergil.

The staff team at Summergil 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. 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 Summergil Community.

Very best wishes,

Lucy Pottinger
Director of Children’s Services

Orbis Education and Care


Our History

Summergil House is a brand new service which opened on March 6, 2017. Our first pupil started on March 20th. and from there we have grown and grown!

Summergil House is an independent special school situated in a rural location in Powys. The school provides education for pupils ages 5 to 19 years who have a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).

The head teacher is Rachel Hackling, who was appointed in May 2017. The director of Education is Lucy Pottinger. The education team is supported by an extensive clinical team including a speech and language therapist, behaviour specialist, occupational therapist and clinical technitians.

The school has extensive 18 acre grounds including a pond and stream, that are safe and provide pupils with a variety of opportunities for outdoor activies. Outdoor play equipment is modern and relevant to the pupils’ interests. The school has an extensive sports hall that provides a large space for activities when weather conditions are poor. The school also has its own small swimming pool, animal care areas, a large poly tunnel and is developing a technology workshop.

As a service Summergil House provides a safe, happy, stimulating and meaningful environment for pupils with an ASC 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 and relevant waking hours 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

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  • 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

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

Email: Rachel.hackling@

Telephone: 01544 231822

Contact Us

Head of Education: Rachel Hackling

School Address

Summergil House
Orbis Education & Care Ltd,
Watery Lane, Walton
Telephone Number: 01544231822


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We really enjoyed today’s visit and we are blown away by your facilities. Thanks for making us feel so welcome.

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I just wanted to say thank you to Summergil House today for a lovely visit. The staff were great with my son and put my mind at ease. I know I have made the right decision and I’m looking forward to this next chapter in our lives.

Summergil Parent 2, Summergil Parent

I have not seen him this happy and relaxed in a very long time. You guys are doing a fabulous job and are achieving so much already. I also feel at peace as a consequence.

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