Ysgol John Bright is a secondary school on Maesdu Road, Llandudno in Conwy County Borough, Wales. It was founded with money and support from the social reformer John Bright, whose son died in Llandudno in 1864. Until 1969 the school was a selective grammar school known as John Bright Grammar School (JBGS). It reopened in September 1969 as a comprehensive and with a new name – Ysgol John Bright. ("Ysgol" is Welsh for "school") The school serves the state secondary education sector in the Llandudno area and has around 1200 pupils. The current headteacher is Hywel Parry.

Ysgol John Bright
Maesdu Road

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LL30 1DF

Coordinates53°19′15″N 3°49′29″W / 53.32079°N 3.82480°W / 53.32079; -3.82480
FounderJohn Bright MP
Local authorityConwy
Department for Education URN401684 Tables
Headteacher (Pennaeth)Hywel Parry
Age11 to 19
Enrolment1147 (2023)

The first John Bright school first opened in February 1896 in temporary premises – now the Risboro Hotel. It was bought for £567 and had 62 pupils. By 1905, there were nearly 80 pupils and 5 teachers. It had five classrooms and specialist rooms for cookery, music, art and woodwork, physics and science. The headmaster was J.M. Archer-Thomson, a leading Welsh mountaineer.

The school moved to a new site on Oxford Road in 1907 and remained on that site until 2004. The Oxford Road buildings were demolished in 2004 and the site was redeveloped as an Asda store. It has not been revealed how much Asda paid for the site.[1] New school buildings on Maesdu Road were opened in September 2004. They were built as part of a PFI project and a facilities management company handles caretaking, cleaning and catering. The cost was £20,000,000. As the new site had previously been a landfill and gasworks, the move was the subject of some controversy.[2][3]



The school offers education for KS3, KS4 and Post-16 students. It offers GCSE, Entry Level examinations for KS4 and AS-level and A-level for Post-16 education. The school is well known for its exceptional sports facilities.[citation needed] The school performs a different musical production each year.

Notable former pupils



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  2. ^ Humphries, Paul (22 October 2002). "Contaminated land sites put lives at risks". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  3. ^ "New school will be built on poison tip; ASSEMBLY INSISTS SITE CONTAMINATED BY ARSENIC AND CYANIDE IS SAFE. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Collins, Sheila Margaret (1921–2009), nurse and educationist". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/101558. Retrieved 13 August 2020.