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Set along the bottom of the valley are ten ponds that serve one of the few biodynamic fish farms in the world. Brown trout has been native to this area since 1049 so this is what the students breed. They are involved in every stage of the process, from catching the females and carefully massaging the eggs, right through to smoking them to be cooked or sold. Be prepared for a steep and muddy hike ...

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Since 2016, Paul Garnault, previously principal of Coleg Plas Dwbl in Pembrokeshire, also part of the Ruskin Mill Trust. He is now principal of both colleges, splitting his time by spending three days a week at Ruskin Mill College and the remaining days in Wales where he lives with his family. After working for 25 years in the creative industries as an artistic director, performer and media producer, Paul worked at various colleges, (Merthyr Tydfil, Coleg Gwent, Gloucestershire and Kidderminster) before taking on the role of head of the Academy for Performing Arts at Birmingham Metropolitan. He says of Ruskin Mill, ‘The landscape is the best teacher, and my best member of staff.’


All students must have a statement of special educational needs/EHCP. As well as looking at the student’s suitability for the colllege, staff...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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