This introduction is written with both present and future parents in mind, and I hope that it will tell you all you need to know about Ysgol Pen Coch Specialist School. The staff and the governors are strongly committed to making a high quality specialist provision for children with profound, severe, moderate, ASD or complex learning difficulties, and the needs and entitlement of the individual child are at the heart of all school activities and policies. This website is designed to help you find out about the School, it’s Staff, the Governors and pupils. . We place a strong emphasis on the creation of a positive and inclusive school ethos and a welcoming and supportive environment, where all individuals are valued and respected.
Our focus on support, care and acceptance allows each child to develop as an independent individual, equipped with the confidence, experience and life skills to look to the future . We are truly proud of the role we play in enhancing the lives of our children and helping them to realise their full potential.
Our children are central to everything we do – the dedicated and passionate teaching, care and therapeutic professionals who combine to create a unique and inspirational environment for every child. Their commitment and ability to genuinely connect with each child allows us to achieve long lasting outcomes for our children.
We believe that working in partnership with parents/guardians throughout a child’s school career is extremely important, and parents are most welcome to arrange a visit to discuss the range of provision in our building and to see our facilities. You will find a warm welcome and an opportunity to look around the school and ask any questions.
Ysgol Pen Coch aims to be a school where every aspect of a child is focused on and developed, including the area of well being. As part of our school’s aims to promote a happy and successful school, we are working towards recognition as a “Rights Respecting School”. This is an award which is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.
The ‘Rights Respecting School’ award (RRSA) will help our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights our pupils, your children, also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others i.e. their responsibilities.
Ysgol Pen Coch pupils are encouraged to reflect on how their behaviour and actions affect those around them, which allows us to build and maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all, both in the classroom and around the school grounds. In preparation for the launch of RRSA, and in consultation with pupils and staff at all levels, class charters have been developed, which outline expectations in the classroom. RRSA links with our School Values, Restorative Practices and the work we do promoting Global Citizenship and Equal Opportunities and supports our Healthy School, Eco School accreditations.
We work with other schools and organisations across the UK and internationally to improve the quality of teaching and learning in mainstream and special education. We have established a reputation for outstanding therapeutic intervention and are involve internationally in research in this field. We have articles published in journals written by members of staff and a book available to purchase from Amazon on therapeutic intervention and another book on the way.We are a school that is always responsive to changing needs. As such we have developed After School Provision for adults with learning difficulties in the community in our out of hours learning .I hope you will find everything you need to know about our school on this website, but the best way to understand our school is to visit us. I hope you will take the opportunity to do this.
We hope that you enjoy your visit to this site as you find out more about our school.