Brynteg School (Welsh: Ysgol Brynteg) is one of the largest secondary schools in Wales. It is located on Ewenny Road in the town of Bridgend, Wales. This school is one of seven comprehensive schools that serve the town, but the school mainly receives pupils from the Brackla, Litchard and Town Centre (Morfa) areas.
|Type||Co-educational secondary comprehensive|
|Motto||A fo ben bid bont|
|Local authority||Bridgend County Borough|
|Department for Education URN||401794 Tables|
|Age||11 to 18|
Brynteg was created after the merger of Heol Gam Secondary Modern School and the Bridgend Grammar School for Boys, Then it used to be called Brynteg Comprehensive School. The school site is divided in two, with the Lower School once being Heol Gam and the Upper School being the site of the original Bridgend Grammar School. The site was formed as the County School in 1935. In 1971 it became a comprehensive.
The head teacher is Mr. Ryan Davies.
There is one Deputy Head: Position Currently Vacant
There are two assistant headteachers: Mr. Richard Martin and Mr. Rob Wagland
There are two associate headteachers: Mr. Craig Wade and Mr. Adam Rosser
There are eight faculties:
- English Lead: (Chris Jones) supported by English Literature (Catrin Jones).
- Mathematics Lead: (Deborah Kinsey)
- Sciences Lead: (Leanne Bowness- Chemistry) supported by Biology (Julia Ridge) and Physics(Nicola McCarthy)
- Humanities Lead: (Lowri Florence – Religion) supported by History (Nicola Lane), Geography (Kate Perna), Business & Economics (Gareth Austin), Sociology (Neil Reardon) and Psychology (Elizabeth Reardon)
- Technologies Lead: (Chris Harper- Design Technology) supported by Home Economics (Sarah Jarett), Work Challenge Skills (Dawn Newman) and Information Technology (David Pearce)
- Expressive Arts Lead: (Zoe Fender – Music) – Drama (Paula Beesley), Art & Photography (Shirley Pearson), Physical Education & Sport (Abigail Welsford).
- Languages Lead: (Debra Walsh – French) supported by Welsh (Charlotte Davies).
- Learning Support Lead: Natalie Williams supported by Katie Green.
Due to a decrease in annual role number, Brynteg has recently come under some criticism for a significant loss in subjects taught, subjects lost include: geology and government & politics (AS/A2 Level), Fashion & Textiles (AS/A2 Level), CLAIT (GCSE), electronics (GCSE & AS/A2 Level), travel & tourism (GNVQ, GCSE and AS/A2 Level), health & social care (GNVQ), Engineering (GNVQ), media studies (GCSE and AS/A2 Level) and German (KS3, GCSE AS/A2 Level) and Drama (KS3). Some subjects classes have been outsourced to other schools in attempt to pool resources including A Level Music taught at Porthcawl Comprehensive and further mathematics at Bridgend College.
Brynteg is one of the largest schools in South Wales, with approximately 2000 students. The student body is divided into five year groups plus two sixth form years: Years 7–9 are generally classified as Lower School students, while Years 10–11 and the Sixth Form (Years 12–13) are regarded as Upper School students. This is respective of where the majority of the lessons are held and also where the assembly and form room venues are.
The school is located on Ewenny Road (B4265) close to the roundabout with the A48, opposite the Heronsbridge School which shares some architectural qualities with the Upper School. Brynteg has two rugby pitches, a cricket field, a gravel hockey pitch, tennis courts and a large indoor sports hall. In recent years, the school saw the construction of a new Maths Block, Language Block and Science Block on a site between Lower and Upper School. More recently, the new Art Block was completed, and a new four-room English block was completed.
In regards to examination performance records, the school is also favourable academically with 75% of GCSE students achieving 5 A*–C grades in their examinations.
Brynteg is also a venue for the Welsh Baccaulaureate, a new qualification offered to Welsh students studying at GCSE, A2 and AS Level.
The school motto is in Welsh A fo ben bid bont which translates as "To be a leader, be a bridge". Traditionally, Year 8 write and hold the school's harvest assembly in October.
The school has connections with partner schools in France, Canada, Ireland, (Germany), South America and South Africa.
- Brackla Primary School
- Litchard Primary School
- Oldcastle Primary School
- Penybont Primary School
- Tremains Primary School and Maes Yr Haul Primary School
Notable former pupilsEdit
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- Prof Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield since 2007, Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford from 1996 to 2007
- Paul Burston, British journalist, author, broadcaster and curator
- Carwyn Jones – Former First Minister for Wales
- Aled Miles, businessman
- Maria Miller, Conservative MP for Basingstoke
- Gary Owen, playwright
- Nicole Cooke – road bicycle racer – Olympic Champion 2008
- Helen Miles – 100m sprinter – Olympic Games(1988) Commonwealth Games(1986) European Junior Games(1985)
- Melbourne Thomas, (Bridgend, St. Bats), Wales, 6 caps 1919–1924
- Jack Matthews, (Cardiff), Wales, 17 caps 1947–1951, British Lions, 6 caps 1950
- Ken Richards, (Bridgend), Wales, 5 caps 1960–61
- J.P.R. Williams (Bridgend, London Welsh), Wales, 55 caps 1969–1981, British Lions, 8 caps 1971 & 1974
- Gareth Powell Williams (Bridgend), Wales, 5 caps 1981–1982
- Mike Hall (Cardiff), Wales, (Captain) 42 caps 1988–1995, British Lions, 1 cap 1989
- Owain Williams (rugby player) (Bridgend), Wales, 1 cap 1990
- Matthew Goss (Bridgend), Wales, 3 cap 1994–1996
- Rob Howley (Bridgend, Cardiff, Wasps), Wales, (Captain) 59 caps 1995–2002, British Lions, 2 caps 1997 & 2001
- Dafydd James (Bridgend, etc.), Wales, 49 caps 1995–2007, British Lions, 3 caps 2001
- Gavin Henson (Swansea, Ospreys), Wales, 33 caps 2001–, British Lions, 1 cap 2005
- James Bater, (Llanelli Scarlets), Wales, 1 cap 2003
- Gareth John Williams, (Cardiff Blues), Wales, 9 caps 2003–2011
- Josh Navidi, (Cardiff Blues), Wales, 16 cap 2013–
- Rhys Webb, (ospreys), wales 5 caps 2012–
Matthew Morgan, (ospreys). Wales
- Ollie Olds (Leeds Rhinos), Wales, 1 cap 2012–
- Ben Evans (Warrington Wolves), Wales, 4 caps 2012–
- Rhys Evans (Warrington Wolves), Wales, 3 caps 2013–
Bridgend Grammar School for GirlsEdit
- Janice Gregory, Labour Welsh AM
Bridgend Grammar School for BoysEdit
- Prof Michael Brown, Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University since 2000
- Ronald Lewis, actor
- Robert Minhinnick, poet
- John V. Tucker, computer scientist