Wyedean School

Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre is a secondary school with academy status in Sedbury, Gloucestershire, England, just across the border from Chepstow, Wales. Wyedean School was rated 'Good' by OfSTED in Jan 2018. The school is close to the A48 road and less than a mile from the Welsh border and as such, it accepts students from across the border.

Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre
Beachley Road

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NP16 7AA

Coordinates51°38′32″N 2°39′37″W / 51.64233°N 2.66019°W / 51.64233; -2.66019Coordinates: 51°38′32″N 2°39′37″W / 51.64233°N 2.66019°W / 51.64233; -2.66019
Motto'Aspire Together, Achieve Together'
SpecialistMaths and Computing College
Department for Education URN137382 Tables
ChairAndy Lord
PrincipalGwennan Jeremiah
Age11 to 18

Wyedean School is a mixed comprehensive school, with 1,100 students, including 300 in the Sixth Form. It was first set up in 1973 and was then moved in 1976 to its present location. The school is located in Gloucestershire, and falls within the English, not Welsh, education system. Although the majority of its students live in the Forest of Dean area of England, a significant number travel from within Wales.

It was also the school of J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series.


The school has a sports hall which can be rented in the evenings; a learning resource centre with IT facilities; a canteen, where hot and cold food can be purchased; a music suite, equipped with computers linked to recording equipment; and a Design Technology Block.

The Sixth Form block has been built to accommodate increased numbers of A-Level students. The Big Bean Café opened 2016, which allows students (including one apprenticeship) to learn how to become a barista.

Admittance to Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre is non-denominational and Wyedean accepts both male and female students between the ages of 11 and 18.

Wyedean currently has around 1100 students (02/2019).


The Principal of Wyedean is Gwennan Jeremiah. Jodie Howells - Vice Principal- Finance and Business and Dai Thomas - Vice Principal Academic.

Sixth FormEdit

The Director of Sixth Form is Johnathan Lane. The Sixth Form has two Head Boys and two Head Girls, known as 'The Team Leaders'. Every year a new set of team leaders is elected to represent the students, by the students. The Team Leaders also head a network of teams within the sixth form. These teams include Press and Promotions, International Team and the Community and Eco Team.

Notable alumniEdit

J. K. (Joanne) Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, was Head Girl in 1982.[1] Her mother, Anne Rowling, had worked there as a technician in the Science Department from 1978.[2] During July 2006, the school library was dedicated to J. K. Rowling. Although she has made it clear that she did not always enjoy her time at Wyedean,[3] citing teachers and loneliness, her website states that she and her sister "both loved their school days" there.[4] She has stated that the character of Professor Snape was partly based on a chemistry master who taught at the school, understood to be John Nettleship.[5][6] One of her teachers, Tim Ryan, has also said that he believes that other teachers were a direct influence on some of her characters.[7] When she returned to the area in 2001 to film part of a biographical TV programme, she visited the nearby Tutshill Primary School but did not pay a visit to Wyedean.[8]

Welsh actor Owain Yeoman, who stars in the US series, The Mentalist, was a student at Wyedean School.


  1. ^ "hpfgu.org.uk". www.hpfgu.org.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2004. Retrieved 2 August 2007.
  2. ^ John Nettleship, Harry Potter's Chepstow, 2009
  3. ^ "FindArticles.com - CBSi". findarticles.com.
  4. ^ Wyedean Comprehensive, jkrowling.com Archived 4 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 27 June 2015
  5. ^ "Rowling's 'spell' on science teacher". 28 December 2001. Archived from the original on 24 July 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
  6. ^ "The name's Snape, Severus Snape". Archived from the original on 13 December 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2009.
  7. ^ Victoria Hallifax, "Chepstow magic inspired Harry Potter characters ‘without doubt’", Chepstow Beacon, 31 October 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018
  8. ^ "J K Rowling Biography and Harry Potter". Archived from the original on 2 July 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2007.

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