Head of Secondary
Penarth, Barry & Derw Newydd
Teacher in Charge
General Overview of Horizon
At Horizon we are committed to supporting young people to re-integrate into education. We support learners who have various mental health needs and as a result haven’t been able to access mainstream education.
We work with pupils, families and other professionals in order for our pupils to achieve the necessary qualifications and skills for them to move onto the next steps in their education.
We have a strong pupil centred focus with the aim of our learners becoming:
Ambitious, capable learners who are ready to learn throughout their lives.
Enterprising, creative contributors who are ready to play a full part in life and work.
Ethical, informed citizens who are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.
At Horizon we adopt a trauma informed approach to supporting young people and ensure a safe and nurturing environment for pupils to feel comfortable and thrive in. Our team is made up of trauma informed practitioners who support pupils by showing playfulness, curiosity, acceptance and empathy.
Communication with Parents
Communication with parents is central to the provision we offer our pupils. We have the most success in Horizon when parents and staff work together. Teachers and the staff teams have regular communication with parents via class Class DOJO, where you will receive updates via class stories and be able to message the staff team.
Staff at Horizon are also in regular contact with other professionals who support our young people to ensure a strong multi-disciplinary approach.
We understand that at times our pupils struggle to attend school. At these times, parents are expected to give school daily contact before 9:30AM each morning to let us know if a pupil isn’t going to be in.
For our pupils who join us in Year 10 we offer a range of GCSE subjects. These include:
Food and Nutrition
Health and Social
Fashion and Textiles
P.E. (Short Course)
Art and Design
*Maths, English and Biology are compulsory subjects and pupils can take up to five other GCSEs.
For pupils who join us in Year 11, we offer a balanced curriculum that aims to fill in any educational gaps pupils have through project work, whilst also preparing pupils for their next steps by working on confidence and community awareness.
Pupils are welcome to bring a lunch box into school or have school dinners. Please notify the class team if you would like your child to receive a hot meal which is prepared on site.