Biodiversity Garden

5 04 2016


The Rhyd y creuau team have been hard at work the past few months, managing and maintaining the biodiversity garden. The garden includes old plots, wild flower space, a greenhouse and other exciting finds!

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Staff have prepped the plots, getting rid of weeds, leaves and harmful plants that may stunt or stop growth altogether. The soil has been turned to allow for better water and air circulation. Collectively this should help to promote good plant growth.

So what are we growing and why? We are growing a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs. We are hoping to promote an awareness of sustainability and to engage positively with students who come to the field centre. Successful fruits, vegetables and herbs grown, could be used in the kitchen.

We are also planting wild flowers and sunflowers which will help to support local wildlife.

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The glass house has been repaired and tidied, nursery beds have been made to grow a variety of herbs.



From radishes to raspberries the plots in our biodiversity garden are rapidly developing into a recipe for sustainability.

Keep your eyes peeled for exciting developments!



Microverse – Revealing Invisible Ecosystems.

2 10 2015

We have worked with the Natural History Museum’s Microverse project. We took three samples from surfaces around the centre. One was from the wall by our front door, one was the wall inside our drying room, and one from the wall just outside our nicest classroom, Tryfan.

Here are the results – can you work out which sample is which?


Read about our work supporting students from deprived areas – FSC Bursary Fund can help!

22 04 2015


Have a read of what our Bursary Fund did for Hawthornes Free School, Bootle.

“Our young people live in a typical urban environment and have limited experiences of rural and mountainous areas. The field trip benefitted in that they were able to experience this landscape first hand, whilst appreciating how tourism in a National Park operates.

Many of our young people will not have spent time away from home before without parents, so I could visibly see their confidence develop through the time that they spent together as a group.

Teaching from the tutors at the centre is always outstanding and tailored to the needs of our children. Tutors are patient and understanding at all times. The accommodation is of a high standard and the food is delicious. The sustainable aim of FSC appeal to me and the values that I try to pass onto children.

All of the centre staff have children at the heart of their work. They are well prepared, professional and excellent role models. Their subject knowledge is second to none. Cannot thank them highly enough.

Whilst I would always choose to use FSC for residential fieldwork based upon previous experiences, the fact that the Bursary Grant is available for schools solidifies this decision. I am passionate about education for disadvantaged students and it pleases me greatly that FSC feel this way too. Students who have very limited opportunities outside of where they live are offered the opportunity to experience residential fieldwork through the grant.

Without access to the grant I would probably have had to look at one day fieldwork opportunities, rather than a residential experience. I choose a residential option for the reason that it allows students to bond as groups, but it also provides me with focused time in which students can produce high quality work. Ever since using FSC to complete controlled assessment every student has obtained at least a grade C in their work. I have no doubt that this would not be the case if as a school we had to look at other options due to not being able to fund a residential trip.

As a school we would never just have taken students who could afford the cost of the trip, so would definitely not run a residential trip without access to the Bursary Grant.

“Sir, can we just stay here for a few more days, I don’t want to go home”

Year 11 student.

“Seeing students engage in fieldwork and have a passion for learning outside of the classroom is what geography is all about. FSC and the Bursary Grant allow this to happen for students who may not otherwise have this opportunity. A memory that they will take away from school with them.”

John Barlow, Assistant Headteacher

Vacancy – Senior Tutor FSC Rhyd y creuau

20 04 2015

We have a vacancy for a senior tutor. Think you’ve got what it takes? Have a look here and apply. Time is tight!


Vacancy – Hospitality and Catering Manager

20 03 2015

Vacancy at Rhyd-y-creuau Field Centre

Hospitality & Catering Manager

(This is a permanent position of 40 hours per week)

The Hospitality & Catering Manager is a key position within the learning location’s management team. Working closely with the Head of Centre, the ideal candidate will be responsible for developing the hospitality and catering service into a leading edge provision. As an inspiring leader you will help to develop and innovate in the provision we offer. You will be responsible for budgeting, expenditure control and line management of approximately 10 people.

Some of the key skills required:

  • Be an inspiring leader
  • Experience of managing diverse teams and motivating staff
  • Have 5+ years experience of working in Hospitality or Catering
  • Experience of developing actions plans, staff rotas and task lists
  • Experience of managing a budget and consumables
  • Proven high standards of customer service delivery
  • Experience managing Health & Safety issues

FSC Grade: Senior Team Leader

FSC Salary Grade: £22,698 – £25,903 per annum.

If you feel you have the skills we are looking for and would like to be considered for this vacancy, please complete a Non-Education application form and send it to Human Resources:



Closing date: 12 noon on Monday 6th April 2015

Interviews are planned for Wednesday 22nd April 2015


FSC Charity Number: 313364 / SC039870

Posts with FSC are subject to detailed checks via the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) at a level appropriate to the role

Spring and summer biodiversity courses for adults.

3 03 2015

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FSC Hospitality Training Conference August 2014

1 09 2014

It was great to see so many FSC hospitality staff at Rhyd y creuau last week. There is no wonder FSC centres provide such brilliant accommodation and food. I’m sure you’d like to join me in saying a big thank you to all the Rhyd y creuau staff who looked after you all so well.

(And those of you who tried to poach our brilliant staff – we know who you are…….)