Gowerton Comprehensive School

Gowerton School is a public secondary school located in the heart of Gowerton village, near Swansea, United Kingdom.

Gowerton School
Address

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Coordinates51°38′33″N 4°02′10″W / 51.64263°N 4.03617°W / 51.64263; -4.03617Coordinates: 51°38′33″N 4°02′10″W / 51.64263°N 4.03617°W / 51.64263; -4.03617
Information
TypeComprehensive
Motto"Mi ddylwn, mi allaf, mi fynnaf" English translation: "I should, I can, I shall"
Established5 October 1896
Local authoritySwansea
Department for Education URN401770 Tables
OfstedReports
HeadteacherMr Nigel Jones
Staff129
GenderCoeducational
Age11 to 18
Enrolment1350
Colour(s)Maroon,white and black
Former nameGowerton Boy's Grammar School , Gowerton Girls Grammar school
Website

HistoryEdit

Intermediate SchoolEdit

The school opened on 5 October 1896 in Talbot Street as a co-educational Intermediate school under the Welsh Intermediate Education Act 1889. It was known locally as Gowerton County School.

Grammar schoolEdit

In May, 1940 the Talbot Street school became a boys' grammar school when a girls' grammar school opened on Cecil Road.

ComprehensiveEdit

The school in its present form was created in 1973 from the merger of Gowerton Girls' Grammar School and Gowerton Boys' Grammar School. The Upper School was at Cecil Road and the Middle School was on Talbot Road. In 1987 the school was centralised on the Cecil Road (former girls' school) site.

Gowerton School today serves pupils from the north and west of the Gower peninsula and from the Swansea suburbs of Gowerton, Waunarlwydd and Dunvant from age 11 to 18, with a successful sixth form specialising in A level and Welsh Baccalaureate courses.

ESTYN inspections in 1994, 2000, 2005, 2011 and 2017 have been consistently good. The 2011 inspection report under the new Welsh inspection framework noted the school's outstanding ethos, inspiring leadership, good performance and excellent prospects, with high academic expectations and achievements, excellent care for pupil welfare and sector leading use of ICT in teaching.[1]

In July 2013, parents supported boys wearing skirts as they had not been permitted to wear school shorts or to roll their trousers up during particularly hot summer weather.[2]

LocationEdit

The school is located off Cecil Road in Gowerton. Opposite the school's entrance on Park Road is Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr, a Welsh speaking school that used to house the Boy's Grammar School.

School layoutEdit

The school is large compared to other secondary schools in the UK. It has three main blocks, a block consisting of demountable buildings and an additional block.

  • 'A' block houses the main entrance/reception, office, main hall, canteen, gymnasium and the English and modern foreign language departments.
  • 'B' block houses mathematics, design and technology, religious education and the STF unit. It also houses the main literacy block for those pupils with problems with literacy. It also houses the pupil support offices and houses the sixth form canteen and common room. A pair of science rooms are located in the block.
  • 'C' block houses the arts and humanities departments.
  • 'D' block houses the Welsh language department and also houses the school nurse's room. There is also a drama room, sports hall with male and female changing rooms, weights room and a Business Studies/Psychology room.
  • 'F' block is used for science and is the newest building, constructed in 2009.

In addition to the main blocks there are also the tennis courts, two playing fields and a redgra adjacent to F Block and C Block.

Notable former pupils and staffEdit

StaffEdit

PupilsEdit

Pupils of Gowerton Grammar SchoolEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gowerton School". Estyn.gov.uk. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Swansea schoolboys keep cool in skirts after shorts ban". Daily Telegraph. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2015.

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