Pontypridd MP visits Ysgol Ty Coch

Owen Smith MP visited Ysgol Ty Coch recently to chat to Head Teacher Heather Hodges about the important work she is doing locally to support children with additional needs.

Ysgol Ty Coch is a special needs school based in Tonteg for children aged three to nineteen years old with severe learning difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The school provides support to young people with additional needs through learning in a caring and stimulating environment, with innovative projects which include a kitchen ran by pupils, a garden project and a hairdressing studio.

Head teacher Mrs Hodges took the local MP on a tour around the school and introduced him to the pupils and the staff.  He finished up his visit by answering a few questions from the students about his work as Member of Parliament for Pontypridd, before joining a team of pupils in their weekly quiz.

Owen Smith said:

“I am so pleased to visit Ysgol Ty Coch and see firsthand the important work the teachers are doing here to support the pupils. The children gave me a very warm welcome and it was lovely to feel the positive atmosphere in the school as soon as I walked in.

“I was particularly impressed by the projects the pupils are taking part in, the sensory garden and the vegetable plot are fantastic and I look forward to coming along to the Pit Stop Cafe at Ysgol Ty Coch when it officially opens. I want to congratulate the pupils and the staff for making the school such a success and I thank them for giving me such a warm welcome.”