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Nurturing

a brighter future Part of the Ludlow Orbis Education Group

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Life-long

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At Orbis Schools we understand how complex the needs of those with autistic spectrum condition can be. Our aim is to provide your child with a service that surrounds them with the appropriate support, and you with the peace of mind that your child is in an environment that meets their every need, a full 24/7 learning experience.

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As any family with experience of autism will tell you, searching for and coordinating services for a person with autism – such as adapted education and psychological services – can be a full time job.

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At Orbis Schools we believe that each young person makes a unique and valuable contribution to our schools and residential communities and we make sure that they are each respected for what they can do and who they are, rather than focusing on what they can’t currently achieve.

We understand that the involvement of parents or carers is vital in supporting the progress of every child and young person. This involvement is ensured by our family friendly open-door policy where our aim is to offer parents or carers progressive support and advice, whether that’s at a parents evening or over a cup of tea.

We ensure that our pupils are supported to access learning opportunities in a way that takes account of their unique learning style and the impact of their ASC in terms of structure, resources and visual and communication support. We also offer a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that meets the needs of our pupils – tailored to be child centred, specialised and personalised. All of our schools’ education delivery is based upon current research and documented best practice, giving us a range of approaches that can be tailored to each individual’s assessed needs.

I hope that you enjoy reading this guide and visiting our website at www.orbisschools.co.uk. You are welcome to contact us directly to learn more about what we offer or to arrange a visit to one of our locations, so that you can experience the supportive and unique environment that we aim to foster in each of our schools.

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It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to our schools and homes for children and young people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).

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What our parents

Don’t just take our word for it, here are some quotes from parents of children and young people at Orbis Schools:

“Orbis Schools have transformed our lives”

“Orbis Schools have helped my daughter to make sense of an otherwise confusing world”

“We are completely satisfied with all areas of teaching and of the continued development of our son”


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“I think the school is lovely and the people are marvellous”

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“We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and calming location. The impact on our son has been a revelation”

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“At Orbis Schools he gets the clear message that everyday he is valued”

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“His behaviour has been much improved, less hitting and spitting. He spends more time with us and less on the computer. From reports received, his school work is progressing well”

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Creating the right

environment Ludlow Orbis Group has been recognised for its exceptional provision of education and residential services by Wales Care Awards, CSSIW, Estyn, Careers Wales


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In conjunction with the highly skilled teaching team and support staff, additional therapeutic services are provided by a multidisciplinary team:

• Foster a positive self-image in children and young people, building self-confidence through praise and encouragement

• Speech and Language Therapy • Occupational Therapy • Psychology (clinical) • Music Therapy • Psychiatry • Dietetics • Physiotherapy

• Encourage a positive attitude to life and learning, enabling each child and young person to reach his/her full educational potential • Ensure that all students and staff feel valued, and that any prejudice is challenged on all levels

• Prepare children and young people for future adult life through the teaching and development of the appropriate social, independence and academic skills

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• Develop links with the wider community, exploring inclusion for children and young people wherever possible, enabling, empowering and enhancing their roles as members of the community

This multi-disciplinary involvement builds upon prior learning and seeks to promote skill development, self evaluation and personal interests and hobbies.

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• Promote a culture of working in partnership and co-operation, with staff, parents, carers, children and young people and their representatives

Individual needs are paramount. Each child and young person has their own individual education plan which is supported by meaningful, recognised approaches for those with an ASC.

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• Create, develop and maintain a valuing, supportive and empowering culture that will provide for children and young peoples’ holistic needs in a sensitive way

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Therapeutic services:

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Our aims:

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Orbis Schools cater for children aged 8 years and over with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). Our schools have been designed to offer maximum flexibility to students, facilitating their personal growth and development within a highly structured learning and therapeutic environment, delivered by qualified and experienced staff.


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Education &

learning

Upon admission, a baseline assessment is undertaken and used in conjunction with pupils’ statements of special educational needs to develop individual learning and placement plans. These person centred plans detail pupils individualised academic, leisure and therapy programmes and highlight areas of ability and need as well as personal aims and aspirations. This information is then used to form meaningful goals and realistic outcomes. Our education, care and therapy staff work with pupils and their families to develop these outcomes and continually evaluate and record progress. Multidisciplinary working ensures that staff maintain a consistent approach across the young person’s waking day. Supporting pupils to identify and evaluate their own progress and achievements enables them to take ownership of their learning and make important choices about their futures.

Broad, balanced, differentiated and relevant curriculum Orbis Schools are registered with the Welsh Government as residential homes for children with an ASC. Pupils have access to a full range of curriculum subjects for Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 with opportunities to access nationally recognised qualifications, where applicable. Following assessment the child or young person’s curriculum is constantly reviewed and adapted to reflect the changing needs of the individual as they gain greater skill development. This ensures that each child and young person is given the opportunity to reach their maximum potential. Where applicable, pupils are given the opportunity to study in local community colleges with flexible support provided by Orbis Schools staff, to ensure that personal interests are accounted for. There is a strong emphasis at Orbis Schools on a multi-professional approach to teaching and learning. We use a wide range of recognised programmes to support learning including aspects of TEACCH, ABA and Makaton.


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Pupils have full access to a range of national curriculum subjects

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At Orbis Schools our activity based curriculum is designed to help pupils develop key life skills, increase their confidence and self belief and achieve positive outcomes outside of the classroom


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Learning at Orbis Schools takes place throughout the waking day and not just in the classroom. Pupils are encouraged and supported to organise and participate in a variety of group and individual educational and recreational activities. These are purposeful and meaningful to the pupils’ particular skills, talents and interests.

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Personal

development Care

Therapies

Our highly qualified and experienced residential support staff support children and young people to develop key life skills in line with their individual plans, within the residential home environment.

At Orbis Schools, we support each and every young person in readiness to learn.

Each young person has a Key Worker, whose role it is, where the young person attends one of our schools, to link with the education team and other professionals to ensure that care and support remains consistent at all times. Daily routines and consistent staffing keeps anxiety at a minimum and ensures that children and young people feel safe in their surroundings and have the confidence to learn, grow and achieve success. Children and young people are encouraged to organise and participate in evening and weekend activities, including visits to the cinema, leisure centre and local parks, which support their individual plans and personal growth.

Our wider multi-disciplinary team work closely with the children and young people, promoting a seamless approach to education and independent living. Close working partnerships between staff and parents play a critical role in fulfilling identified needs. Our specialists include: • Speech and Language Therapy • Occupational Therapy • Psychology (clinical) • Music Therapy • Psychiatry • Dietetics • Physiotherapy • Complementary Therapy


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Behaviour management

I feel so much more confident and informed about how my son’s behaviour will be managed by staff ” Parent FAQS

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Pupils are provided with clear boundaries and expectations which are reinforced through positive behaviour management and consistency and response from all staff members.

A Consultant Clinical Psychologist oversees all support plans to ensure staff teams follow a consistent approach

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We recognise that on occasions children and young people may exhibit behaviours which are perceived as challenging. Such needs are supported by a personalised Behaviour Support Plan, which seeks to identify possible causes for the behaviour and proactive preventative measures for the future.


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Two different environments, one outstanding approach Orbis Schools offer two contrasting environments and are designed and staffed to provide specialist residential care and support.


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Admissions

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Criteria for admission Children and young people must have a final statement of education needs for consideration and entry into our education services.

Procedure for admission

• Parents or a representative from the local authority are welcome to view the facilities available at Orbis Schools and at that time a request for a formal assessment should be made

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• Orbis Schools can arrange for a day or residential assessment to be undertaken and produce an assessment report detailing the placement offer and fees

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• An application for a place at Orbis Schools can be made by social workers, local authorities and health professionals

• Once a placement agreement has been made, Orbis Schools will develop and implement a comprehensive transition plan LOCATIONS

Our Admissions Co-ordinator is here to help you through every stage and can be contacted on

029 2039 4410 or email referrals@orbisschools.co.uk

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Tˆy Coryton at a glance

• A specialist school and residential children’s home catering for children and young people between the ages of 8 and 19 with a formal diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) • Flexible placements include residential only; education only; education and residential and respite • Person centred and outcomes focused approach to lifelong learning • Individually tailored programmes encompassing education, care and therapy • Partnership between parents and staff teams are encouraged to ensure a high level of involvement in each child and young person’s life • Partnership with local schools for young people who are residential only • Set in beautiful parkland, on the outskirts of Cardiff city centre with excellent access to bus, road and rail networks


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Campus Tˆy Coryton House was built in the early 1900s by Sir Herbert Cory, of John Cory & Sons Shipping at the height of the business’s success when Cardiff was exporting 10 million tonnes of coal a year. Tˆy Coryton is set in extensive parkland just over 3 miles from Cardiff city centre in the vibrant suburb of Whitchurch Village and offers all the facilities and connections to the local community that young people could wish for. At the heart of the village is a shopping street where popular high street chains rub shoulders with the local butchers, bistros and cosmopolitan cafes. Tˆy Coryton offers both indoor and outdoor activities, increasing the sense of community and safety for all our children and young people.

The school’s classrooms benefit from traditional design, merged with low arousal spaces for pupils who may have difficulties accessing learning. These flexible spaces allow for all pupils to be fully included in group activities, whilst supporting their specific individual needs. Our residential building is divided into separate communal flats with each floor having separate bedrooms and a kitchen and lounge area, which provides opportunities for developing and maintaining meaningful life skills. Young people are encouraged to take an active role in personalising their own bedrooms and their collective communal space. We take pride in the maintenance and upkeep of all our buildings and grounds, and have a maintenance team to ensure that Tˆy Coryton always looks its best.


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What is life like at

Tˆy Coryton? Life at Tˆy Coryton is full of opportunities and experiences that enable each child and young person to play a more active role in their future development. The school day offers access to experiential lifelong learning which focuses on promoting independence and wellbeing. Each pupil follows an individual, balanced and relevant curriculum and associated programme of activities, which promote appropriate access to a differentiated National Curriculum. Our experienced Registered Manager and team of Residential Education Workers offer a wide range of leisure opportunities beyond the formal classroom timetables. Each child and young person is encouraged and supported to go out and about as much as possible – cinema visits, bowling, trips to the local leisure centre, meals out or day trips to theme parks, hiking, camping, visiting our holiday home in West Wales.

Skills to make each day accessible Tˆy Coryton has its own highly skilled team of clinicians working in close partnership with the residential and education teams, ensuring that we are proactive in our response to behavioural, communication, sensory, psychological, nutritional and mobility needs, promoting improvement and development.


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A Typical Day at Tˆy Coryton Fred Jones – Student

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Assembly / DofE

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Essential Skills

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AFTERNOON BREAK (Communication, Social Skills, Personal Care)

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Literacy / Library

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Essential Skills

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LEISURE TIME (Yard/Barn)

MORNING BREAK (Communication, Social Skills, Personal Care)

Essential Skills / Shopping

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Spelling/Handwriting programmes (Fine Motor) • All on IWB Weather chart • Days of the week • Oral Welsh • Registration • Sensory Circuits

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At Tŷ Coryton our emphasis is on teaching and learning activities based around the National Curriculum and focussed on every pupil reaching their full potential.” Individual learning opportunities are delivered through a wide range of teaching styles in an ASC specific, supportive environment. The education team are dedicated to working in a multidisciplinary approach ensuring an holistic ethos to delivering learning experiences which capture the imagination of each individual, whilst addressing all areas of their additional needs. The formal classroom environments embrace many of the specific approaches needed to overcome communication and language barriers, providing structure and routine, and these support our rewards based curriculum. This enables pupils to understand expectations, reduce anxiety and maximise opportunities for all pupils to contribute their views within a social context.

Pupils are offered opportunities to gain accredited qualifications and awards alongside gaining important everyday life and independence skills, essential skills, developing their creativity and accessing leisure activities. Skills learnt through our formal education activities are carefully developed to be transferable into everyday tasks within the wider community. Activities such as money management and social interaction skills are initially introduced in the classroom environment and then shared with residential staff and pupils’ families to ensure that our young people can gain independence and confidence in many settings.


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Essential and Basic Skills Literacy, Numeracy, Problem Solving and ITC

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We recognise that each student learns in their own unique way

Creativity

Art and Printmaking Swimming, cycling, trampolining, horseriding and walking

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Leisure and Recreation

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Food preparation, healthy eating, social interactions and relationships

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Complimentary Therapies Reflexology, Massage and Aromatherapy

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Touch therapy, sensory rooms and soft play

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Tˆy Bronllys at a glance

• A specialist day & residential service for children and young people between the ages of 8 and 19 with a formal diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) • Flexible placements include weekly, term time and day options • Person centred and outcomes focused approach to lifelong learning • Individually tailored programmes encompassing education, care and therapy • Partnership between parents and staff team are encouraged to ensure a high level of involvement in each child and young person’s life • Set in the rolling hills of the Welsh mountains on the outskirts of the market town of Brecon


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The Tˆy Bronllys Campus

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Campus Tˆy Bronllys is set in a rural location overlooking the Black Mountains, close to the village of Bronllys, approximately 10 miles from Brecon and prides itself on being a ‘family style’ home. Tˆy Bronllys benefits from extensive grounds surrounded by open fields which are used thoughtfully as play areas, a Duke of Edinburgh activity area, animal husbandry and organic kitchen allotments where students can develop a wide range of environmental and horticultural based skills. Tˆy Bronllys offers both indoor and outdoor activities, increasing the sense of community and safety for all our children and young people. The school building has six designated learning areas: • Kitchen • ICT suite with computer/internet access • Arts studio where the young people can develop their creativity • Big barn, used for indoor leisure activities and school productions • Common room where pupils can relax or choose to interact with their peers • Therapy room used for clinical psychology, music therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy.

The main house offers a home from home environment with 8 bedrooms. This starts with the basics, such as ensuring a young person can choose their own curtains and bedding, and food that they like. Each young person has their own bedroom (some en-suite) with access to the living room, dining room, games room, activity room, large garden, sensory room and arts and craft room. The young people at Tˆy Bronllys have a huge number of opportunities to try new skills, maintain current interests and try new things, ranging from horseriding, rock climbing, canoeing, swimming, mountain biking, hill walking and much more. We take pride in the maintenance and upkeep of the house and the school buildings, and all of the grounds. There is an onsite maintenance handyman and the support of the full maintenance team ensures the house and grounds always look their best.


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Tˆy Bronllys? With its idyllic and unique setting, in a renowned National Park, life at Tˆy Bronllys is full of opportunities and experiences that enable each child and young person to play a more active role in their future development. Tˆy Bronllys has a ‘homely’ feel, with a small number of children, to create a ‘family’ environment. Care is individualised to meet the needs of every child, with collaborative working between the school and home across a 24 hour period, and supported by the in-house multi-disciplinary team. The school is ambitious for its young people and seeks a rigorous educational programme which aims at the highest possible academic, personal and social attainment. Our curriculum includes appropriate access to the Welsh National Curriculum, vocational programmes of study accredited by ASDAN, AQA and independent living skills. Progress and achievements are recorded using

PACE2 Baseline Assessment Tool and individual learning objectives are set based on assessed needs. The separate home offers excellent access to an idyllic country life, including having its own goats, chickens and vegetable plots where the young people can gain experience and qualifications. We all work towards providing our young people with the greatest opportunity to grow intellectually and morally within an environment which is safe and nurturing. Each young person is valued greatly as an individual and their achievements are given the merits they so richly deserve.


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Each child and young person is encouraged and supported to go out and about as much as possible

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A Typical Day at Tˆy Bronllys William Tomkins – Timetable (Class 1)

Literacy Classroom

Numeracy Classroom

Literacy Classroom

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Numeracy / Music Therapy Classroom

Swimming

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Shopping Classroom

Art Studio

Off-site

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ICT Suite ITC Suite

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SALT / Tac Pac

LEISURE TIME (Yard/Barn)

Barn/Classroom

MORNING BREAK (Communication, Social Skills, Personal Care)

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curriculum

Extending our pupils’ learning into the community and increasing awareness and coping skills in a range of environments is very important to us.” Whilst embracing the national curriculum frameworks for the different age groups, the School’s main priority is to address the autistic-specific barriers to learning so that the pupils’ sense of wellbeing is improved and they are able to take advantage of learning opportunities to achieve their full potential.

school day, the classroom environment and individual work patterns; visual timetables, individual schedules, individual work stations and clear routines establish and reinforce expectations for the pupils, help them to understand the day’s event, reduce anxieties and support the learning process.

Communication and language, social interaction and imagination and independence skills are taught through a range of teaching and learning approaches throughout the school.

Extending our pupils’ learning into the community and increasing awareness and coping skills in a range of environments is very important to us. Regular visits support the transfer of skills across different settings and increase Routine and structure have key roles opportunities for pupils to socially to play in the organisation of our interact with a wider group of people.

With our curriculum, students have the opportunity to explore a variety of subject areas Essential and Basic Skills

Sensory

Creativity

Life Skills and Independence

Literacy, Numeracy, Problem Solving and ITC Art and Printmaking

Leisure and Recreation

Swimming, cycling, trampolining, horseriding and walking

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Expedition, physical, volunteering, skills

Touch therapy, sensory rooms and soft play, multi-sensory experiences Food preparation, healthy eating, social interactions and relationships community access

Vocational

Work experience opportunities, animal husbandry, horticulture


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What happens after school? This is a question that is often asked by our students and their families. Many young people with autism can and do thrive and succeed when supported to access enriched meaningful educational programmes that are based on their personal needs and interests. Whilst Orbis Schools provide the critical school based education, post-16 further education options are essential to supporting young people with autism into work and into community living as part of their transition into adult life. Both of these outcomes benefit society as well as the individuals and their families.

Beechwood College

A young person attending Orbis Schools does not necessarily have to leave the comfort blanket and support network that currently surrounds them, as Ludlow Orbis Group is also able to offer a seamless transition to their specialist further education college.

We provide that vital stepping stone between adolescence and adulthood by empowering students to play a more active role in their future by giving them confidence, knowledge and self esteem.

Set in beautiful grounds in the heart of the countryside in the Vale of Glamorgan, near Cardiff, it is close to the coastline and offers all the facilities and connections to the local community that young people could desire. Beechwood College offers a unique 24 hour learning environment which supports students to increase communication, develop social skills, imagination and creativity and enhance sensory integration.

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Beechwood College offers a flexible range of placement types. The majority of students take up 52 week placements, although 38 week, term-time and day only placements are also available.

Ocean Community Services Transition to a more independent life is a key part of the development of any young adult, and we recognise that continuing education post 16 isn’t for everyone.

The philosophy at Ocean Community Service is to support young people to make a successful transition into adulthood and independent living. Support is provided at a pace and level which is appropriate to need and aspirations. Our dedicated staff and therapeutic care teams are fully trained, and have the required skills, knowledge and experience to assist the young people in preparing for the future. For more information, visit www.ocean-cs.com

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Students do not have to leave our service or the area entirely to move on. We are able to offer effective transition to a placement within one of our specialist

Each of our Ocean Community Services (OCS) homes are set within a local community, ensuring excellent opportunities to utilise a wide range of social, leisure and occupational activities.

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community homes, across South East Wales and the West Country.

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Tˆy Coryton Location Located close to junction 32 of the M4 in extensive grounds and parkland, Tˆy Coryton is ideally placed for easy access from all areas of south and west Wales and beyond, remaining within easy reach of a wide range of both city and rural amenities. Tˆy Coryton Pendwyallt Road, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF14 7EF T: 029 2054 4290 www.orbisschools.co.uk

Tˆy Bronllys Location Tˆy Bronllys is in the beautiful, picturesque countryside of Mid Wales. Set in 2.5 acres with spectacular views of the Black Mountains, we are close to the village of Bronllys and approximately 10 minutes from Brecon. Tˆy Bronllys Trem-y-Mynydd, Brecon, Bronllys LD3 0LU T: 01874 712353 www.orbisschools.co.uk

Beechwood College

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Beechwood College Hayes Road, Sully, Vale of Glamorgan CF64 5SE T: 02920 53 22 10 www.beechwoodcollege.co.uk

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FAQs

Q. How do I get access to Orbis Schools?

You are welcome to contact Orbis Schools for further information. You should then contact your Local Education Authority if you wish to consider a placement at one of our schools for your child. Q. Can I view Orbis Schools on a no obligation basis?

Yes, please contact our Placements Co-ordinator directly, who will discuss the reason for your visit with you and arrange a suitable date for you to visit the school/home, where you will be able to meet staff and students/residents Q. Do you charge for assessments?

No, our assessments are free.

Q. How are placements funded?

Placements at schools and children’s homes such as ours are usually funded by a combination of Local Authority (Local Education Authority and Social Services) and Local Health Board contributions, Social Workers and Social Services Q. My child has extremely challenging behaviour. What provisions would there be for her/him?

By developing our awareness of any particular child’s habits, likes, dislikes, etc. we seek to avoid, as far as possible, situations which can cause distress and lead to incidents. Our staff are trained to deal with and understand challenging behaviour.

Q. What are the visiting arrangements for parents and families? Will my child be allowed to come home?

We welcome and understand that maintaining contact with families is paramount. We don’t discourage family from ‘dropping in’, however to avoid the distress that changes in routine can cause to people on the autistic spectrum, we find that a little notice so that we can plan with the young person is often helpful.

Q. How do you decide what activities and schooling methods are best for each child?

All of our pupils have timetables designed to meet their individual educational needs and to encourage the development of life skills and independence. Parents/carers are encouraged to become involved with us in the planning and review of the programmes for their children.

Q. My son is very protective about his possessions – would he be able to bring them with him?

We encourage each young person in our residential home to personalize their living space with the aim of creating a home from home environment.

Q. How much feedback on progress would I get?

We actively encourage regular contact. There will be regular review meetings where progress and planning can be discussed. We will also provide updates on a daily or weekly basis for families about their children’s well–being and the activities that they have been involved in .

Q. My child has a health condition. What are your medical facilities?

All of our staff are trained to provide a high level of care. Where there are specific medical needs, these will be discussed and planned for prior to a child joining us as there is no onsite nursing provision.

Q. How do you ensure a healthy living programme for children and young people?

Although we recognise that many of our children and young people will have very definite views and habits in relation to their eating routines, we will seek to ensure that a balanced and healthy diet is provided for everyone. This will be discussed with families prior to a child starting with us.


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For all enquiries please contact us on: T: 029 2039 4410 E:enquiries@orbisschools.co.uk www.orbisschools.co.uk Part of Orbis Education & Care Limited Company Registration Number: 05523147


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