At Orbis Education and Care we offer a balanced and broad curriculum. Our ethos is that in order for each pupil to achieve their very best you must cater to their individual likes and learning interests. That being said, it is imperative that we develop their essential skills and do so via a variety of different methods that are based on their capability. We are not a one – size – fits – all type of school.
The following is a list of subjects that are offered at our schools:
Pupils achieve external qualifications through a range of external accreditation courses including ASDAN, AQA, Agored Cymru, Prince’s Trust and Equals. This again is based on their learning interests, is chosen to compliment the curriculum and help develop the skills that the pupils learn.
Our curriculum is currently being re-developed, with all staff working together to make a new way of learning that reflects the complex needs of our pupils. Learning at KS2 and KS3 is thematic, giving pupils the opportunity to be truly submerged in a topic and gain a love of learning.
All pupils aged 14+ have detailed transition plans which map out their future pathways. These then allow our teaching staff to deliver individualised learning which will equip pupils with the skills they will need in their future pathways.
PLCs meet monthly in order to reflect on practice and impact, share good practice and make next steps. This refining process is in its early stages. PLCs allow staff to directly change the curriculum and how we deliver this to pupils. This allows staff to develop as well as allowing us the opportunity to build a curriculum which is distinctive and meets the varied needs of all learners.
The school provides a suitable environment which will promote an engaging curriculum. Classrooms are well resourced with equipment including computers, laptops, IPad, C-Touch smart boards. These are used effectively as a tool for learning and reward time. Thematic approaches are used wherever suitable, and learning is through a multi-sensory approach to engage all learning styles.
All pupils now also have the opportunity to access “The Orb” a sector leading resource which allows pupils to access work experience. The Orb is a charity shop, café, life skills centre and office space specifically designed to provide life skills and work skills for pupils. Pupils complete an application form and specify their areas of interest and then work to an individualised timetable, building on skills week by week.
When school council members meet, it is with the intention of giving the student body a voice, allowing them to make decisions on important areas of school life such as school uniform, garden design, charitable donations and menu choices.
We meet every half term and then one elected council member provides feedback to our Director of Education about the progress that we have made and what we have discussed
Committee members make sure the school is running in as environmentally friendly a way as possible and the work that they do goes towards our Eco Schools status. At Ty Bronllys we have been awarded Bronze and Silver Eco Schools awards and are currently working on our Gold!
The aim is for the pupils to complete timetabled Eco-committee activities. Once the work has been completed it is added to an Eco-file. Work is also displayed on our Eco-council board and in classrooms.
For more information about Eco Schools visit the website here www.eco-schools.org.uk
The Careers Wales Mark recognises services that have demonstrated that they have active procedures in place to ensure continuous improvements in outcomes for learners.
Ty Coryton has been accredited with the Careers Wales Mark and continues to audit, plan and reflect upon its work-skills and careers curriculum in order to prepare young people for the world of work.
The Model UN is an opportunity for pupils to role-play delegates of the United Nations. The purpose of this is to allow pupils a say on current world issues and how we as a school can contribute to efforts already in place. It strengthens pupils ability to have a United Voice and make decisions as a ‘whole school’ building upon the skills acquired through access to the school council and eco committee.
Rights Respecting Schools Award
The Rights Respecting Schools Award is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of our school. The aim is to embed children’s rights in our ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.
As a school we are currently working with Unicef to become fully Rights Respecting. The Award will recognise our school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC or UNCRC) into practice within our school community and beyond. Please check back to find out about the progress we are making towards gaining this award and the valuable information ad experiences our pupils are gaining along the way.