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 a better understanding of the work that we do at Tŷ Bronllys, the achievements made by our pupils, and our vision, aims and values.

Tŷ Bronllys prides itself on providing a friendly, caring and supportive environment that encourages all of 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 will allow me to share the dynamic experiences available at the school 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 wellbeing, 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 Tŷ Bronllys. For more about our residential services follow this link.

The staff team at Tŷ Bronllys 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 pupil UN making choices about the school on behalf of the rest 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. To this we can add several 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 wonderful 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 Tŷ Bronllys community.

Very best wishes,

Lucy Pottinger
Director of Children’s Services

Orbis Education and Care

WelcomeTy Bronllys opened its doors in 2006 as a direct response to requests made by the local authority. It’s main aim was and still is to provide bespoke education and care to young people with Autism and complex needs.

The ‘home’ was originally built as the main house for the Doctor and his wife of Ty Bronllys hospital and is set in a rural location overlooking the Black Mountains, close to the village of Bronllys and approximately 10 minutes from Brecon. The perimeter of the site is a mixture of physical boundaries in the form of hedgerows and fencing which range from 1.8m to 2.4m in height. The grounds currently include hard and grass recreation play areas, a wooded area, an orchard, kitchen/horticulture gardens and a Polly Tunnel where pupils can develop a range of environmental and horticultural based skills through concrete experiential learning experiences that promote outside learning opportunities.

The school first opened with only one female pupil however quickly filled to full capacity which provoked it’s sister school being built one year later in Cardiff, known as Ty Coryton.

The school and home remain a tranquil environment due to the very fortunate position within Wales and pupils continue to enjoy the outdoors as part of their physical education and free time.

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:children holding hands

  • 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.

Estyn Reports

“Teachers and support staff work well together. 
Support staff provide effective support for pupils’ behaviour and learning.”
 (Estyn 2015)

Please see below our most recent Estyn Reports:
Ty Bronllys Annual Monitoring Report 2014
Ty Bronllys Annual Monitoring Report 2015
Ty Bronllys Annual monitoring report 2017
Ty Bronllys Full Inspection 2018
Ty Bronllys Annual Monitoring Report 2019

Estyn Case Study – Reducing challenging behaviour through positive management strategy

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 Sarah Russell (Head of Education) either by:

Email: sarah.russell@

Telephone: 01874 712353

Contact Us

Head of Education: Sarah Russell

School Address

Ty Bronllys
Orbis Education & Care Ltd,
Telephone Number: 01874 712354

Providing individuals with high quality education and care is the most important thing we can do and we greatly value what the government regulatory bodies say about us

Regulator, Regulator

At the beginning we had doubts about him coming here and it was really hard for us to accept our child could be in care but we now realise this is the best place for our son and we are really happy with the placement

Ty Bronllys, Parent
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