E-Safety and Wellbeing
We pride ourselves at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy with the pastoral, safeguarding and well-being care that we offer our pupils. We ensure we offer full support to the pupils and by taking pride in our support and care, we allow the pupils in having the tools and strategies needed to deal with any issues, stress and anxieties to assists them in ‘reaching their potential’.
Our team works cohesively with the pupils and also the parents in ensuring that their well-being needs are taken care of. We take pride on knowing each and every pupil and to treat them as individuals with empathy, compassion and care. If the pupils are healthy and happy, in body and mind, we know they have a better chance of fulfilling their potential.
Our trained team offer a wealth of teaching and pastoral experience as well as specialist qualified personnel in our School Nurse and our School Counselling Service. Together we all work together, putting our pupils at the centre of all we do. Our regular weekly meetings allow us to identify, discuss and respond accordingly to any individual/groups of learners. Our team members are monitored in their approach and delivery and are placed on strategic training courses each academic year to ensure we have all mental and physical issues or concerns and any learning needs covered.
We are also have strong working partnerships with a range of other agencies including: Conwy’s School Based Counselling Service, School Welfare Officer, CAMHS, Barnado’s, Young Carers, Cruz, Ty Gobaith, Women’s Aid, BLUES programme and School Police Liaison Officer. All these services provide vital support when called upon and are an integral part of our safeguarding department (*links can be found below).
Also part of our safeguarding and well-being team are our Learning Coaches, Ms. Tracey Stone (KS4) and Mrs. Iona Owen (KS5). Their support and mentoring role as Learning Coaches for the pupils is an essential part of our pastoral team and to our success in the care we offer and the success of our pupils in spite of their challenges. At KS4, Ms Tracey Stone supports more able and vulnerable learners with individual learning pathways. At KS5 Mrs Pauline Edwards manages the designated 6th form Study Room supporting pupils’ individual pathways, including pathways to work, further and higher education.
Members of the Wellbeing and Inclusion Team:
|Mr Roger Beech||
Assistant Head – Pupil Progress and Wellbeing
|Mrs Rhian Evans||
ALNCO – Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator
|Mrs Glenda Barlow||6th Form Learning and Progress Leader
Deputy Child Protection Officer.
|Mrs Catrin Jones||KS4 Learning and Progress Leader|
|Mrs Elin Atherton||Years 8 and 9 Learning and Progress Leader|
|Mrs Leah Jones||Year 7 Learning and Progress Leader|
|Mrs Eleri Allsup||Wellbeing Team Support Office|
|Mrs Sian Edwards||School Nurse|
|Mrs Jill Riley||School Counsellor|
|Mrs Iona Owen||6th Form Learning Mentor|
|Ms Tracey Stone||KS3-4 Learning Coach|
Bullying affects lots of young people and happens in many aspects in life but it's the way it's dealt with which makes the difference. Bullying can happen anywhere: at school, travelling to and from school, in sporting teams, between neighbors, in the workplace or on-line.
There is no legal definition of bullying. But it is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.
Bullying can take many forms including:
- physical assault
- making threats
- name calling
- cyber bullying
Here at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, we take Bullying seriously and use our robust policy to great effect. Our procedures include involving both set of pupils and parents, our School Police Liaison offer and conduct restorative meetings. A ‘Bullying Task Team’ has been developed allowing pupils to speak with buddies of all ages and from all years so that the individual can seek help through other pupils, who would then in return report any concerning issues.
This year’s Anti-bullying ‘Speak Out’ campaign proved successful and as a result from school council consultations, a pupil friendly flow chart (click here) was created allowing each pupil to know where to seek help if required along with an anti-bullying video (click here).
Anti Bullying Flow Chart
Are you being bullied? - click here for more information
If you have a concern regarding Child Protection, please contact the school and ask to speak to the Designated Child Protection Officer or one of our Deputy Child Protection Officers.
The school responds to child protection issues according to national guidelines and in partnership with Conwy Local Authority.
Posters are visible around the school site noting the Designated Safeguarding Officers for contacting relating to Child Protection Matters.
Information for parents, HWB Guide - for the Welsh Government's e-learning platform - click here
Information for parents
Useful documents for checking social media usage for young people.
Useful Online Safety Resources for Parents from Welsh Government
- A parent and carer's guide to Google safe search and YouTube safety mode;
- A parent and carer's guide to age ratings of apps and games.
There is a wealth of information for parents about e-safety on the HWB platform by Welsh Government