Who’s Who for Derw Newydd
Kerrie Britten - Head of Secondary
Mat Sweeden - Head of Centre (Assistant Headteacher for Ysgol y Deri)
Hayley Hewson – Head of KS3
Steve Bellamy – Head of KS4
Key Stage 3 Teachers
Hayley Hewson – Head of Department
Bianca Williams – Teacher and Health & Wellbeing lead
Dean Jones – Teacher and Science & Technology lead
Carys Summer – Teacher
Key Stage 4 Teachers
Steve Bellamy – Head of Department
Chris Evans – Teacher and Adventurous activities lead
Dan Miles – Teacher and School council lead
Rory Hennessey – Teacher and Design & Technology
Geraint Williams – Teacher and Cookery teacher
Derw Newydd is a specialist educational provision dedicated to nurturing the social, emotional, and mental well-being of young people aged 11 to 16. At Derw Newydd, we are more than just a school; we are a community committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment where each learner can thrive and embark on a journey towards their personal and academic goals.
Our approach is learner-centered, focusing on individual needs and fostering an environment where everyone feels valued and supported. We recognise that building warm, secure and trusting relationships with learners is fundamental to helping them make progress, and provide a consistent and trauma-informed environment to enable all our learners to grow.
At the heart of Derw Newydd is a commitment to learner-centered practice. We encourage our learners to take risks, express their preferences, and cultivate knowledge and skills that align with their interests. Our goal is to mold students into ambitious, capable learners, enterprising and creative contributors, and ethical, informed citizens.
We strive to ensure that all learners will reflect on their time at Derw Newydd as a positive, happy and worthwhile experience.
Communication with Parents
Communication with parents is central to the provision we offer our learners. Teachers and the staff teams have regular communication with parents via telephone or via SchoolComms text messaging, where you will receive regular updates and be able to message the staff team or members of the Derw Newydd Leadership Team.
We have a flexible curriculum that enables each learner to achieve their individual aspirations. At the heart of our curriculum is our Individual Pathway Plan that helps them plan for the future, set their own goals and shape their personal journey.
Through a thematic curriculum we offer a wide range of cross-curricular learning experiences across the 6 areas of learning in line with the New Curriculum:
Language and Communication
Mathematics and Numeracy
Science and Technology
Health and Wellbeing
Our comprehensive curriculum offers a diverse range of academic and vocational options, ensuring that each learner can explore and develop their interests. From motor vehicles, construction, electrical & plumbing and carpentry, to cookery, hair and beauty, music and video, art & design, sport and fitness and adventurous activities – we provide a wide array of choices to cater to varied passions and talents.
The Derw Newydd curriculum is led by Trauma Informed Schools (TIS) Practitioners and is supported by input from a highly skilled Pastoral Support Team (PST), a psychotherapist, opportunities for emotionally regulating activities and inter-agency partnerships to improve health and wellbeing.