|Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw|
|Type||Co-educational (Welsh Medium)|
|Motto||1988–2017: "Cerddwn Ymlaen" |
("Forward we March")
2017–present: Bydd pob dysgwr yn llwyddo
(Every learner will succeed)
|Age||11 to 18 (Will be 5-18 with the completion of the primary school)|
|Number of students||837 (2019)|
|Colour(s)||Green and Navy|
For its first three years Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw was housed in the old Abercarn Infant School house but soon outgrew the building. As one of the fastest growing schools in Wales, bigger premises were needed and the old Trevethin upper school was suggested by the education authority.
Pupils at the school are taught completely in Welsh and come from a range of Welsh-language feeder schools. The aim is to immerse pupils in Welsh and to enable them to be educated entirely in it as their native language. As of 2016, the number of new pupils each year has been falling due to the opening of a new Welsh comprehensive school in Newport.
An inspection report by Estyn in 2008 stated 94.5% of the pupils came from homes where English is the main language; 5.3% came from Welsh-speaking homes. The same report also says that all pupils speak Welsh as a first language or to an equivalent standard.
However, this was some time ago and much can change in eleven years. The 2019 Estyn inspection resulted in the school being placed into special measures. This is evidence of the school's steady decline in standards over the course of multiple inspections now.
In 2009 the school was given a grant to make improvements and replace the old static cabins with a new and improved complex building. Construction was completed in 2012. In 2018 the school was given £3 million to develop a primary school, and in 2020 the work began on construction, beginning with the demolition of the three remaining static cabins on the site of the future primary school.
Notable former pupils
- Steffan Lewis MS - Member of the Senedd for South Wales East
- Aimee-Ffion Edwards - starred in ‘Peaky Blinders’ and other popular tv shows.
- Philip Thomas - founded South Wales’ first bilingual Welsh & English language brewery Beer in Wales
- "Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw". My Local School. Welsh Government. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
- 2008 Estyn report in Welsh and English
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