St Alban's RC High School, Torfaen

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Coordinates: 51°42′13″N 3°02′20″W / 51.70361°N 3.03889°W / 51.70361; -3.03889

St. Alban's RC High School
Mottoes Miles Christi Sum
Established 1924
Type Voluntary aided secondary school
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Mr Michael Coady
Deputy Head Mrs. C Mcormack
Location The Park
Pontypool
Torfaen
NP4 6XG
Wales
Local authority Torfaen
Students 1060 (Sept 2012)
Ages 11–18
Houses C, D, E, G, L, R
Website School website

St. Alban's RC High School (Welsh: Ysgol Uwchradd Catholig Sain Alban) is a Roman Catholic secondary school in Pontypool, Torfaen, Wales.[1] As of 2012, it provides education for 700 11-to-18-year-olds and 360 sixth formers. The school is situated in Park House, the former home of the Hanbury family in Pontypool Park.

Park House[edit]

Built in the late seventeenth century by local ironmaster, Major John Hanbury, the house is in a style popularised by the architect Inigo Jones.

In 1923 the Hanbury Family sold the property to the Sisters of the Order of the Holy Ghost. It was initially reopened as girls' day and boarding school. In 1963, control of the school was passed to the Archdiocese of Cardiff to become St. Alban’s RC High School.[2]

2008 Estyn report[edit]

According to the Autumn 2008 report by Estyn, the school has a GCSE pass rate of 75% (based on 5 GCSEs, grades A-C) which puts it in equal 17th place in Wales and within the top 10% of secondary schools in Wales. The inspection concluded that: St Alban’s Roman Catholic High School is a very successful school with many outstanding features. Its Christian values pervade its work and are important to all members of the school community. [3]

Former students[edit]

  • Gareth Maule – Rugby player - Llanelli Scarlets
  • Lloyd Burns – Rugby player - Newport Gwent Dragons

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.torfaen.gov.uk/en/SchoolsDirectory/Schools/St-Albans-RC-High-School.aspx St Albans R.C. High School
  2. ^ http://joomla.stalbans-pontypool.org.uk/?q=node/14 School history
  3. ^ http://www.torfaen.gov.uk/en/SchoolsDirectory/Schools/St-Albans-RC-High-School.aspx St Albans R.C. High School