Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni
|Motto||'Tua'r Goleuni' (Towards the Light)|
|Headteacher||Mr Owain ap Dafydd|
|Local authority||Caerphilly County Borough Council|
|Colours||Red, Yellow, Green and Blue|
Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni (English: Rhymney Valley Comprehensive School) is a Welsh-medium school situated in the village of Fleur-de-Lys in the Rhymney Valley. Cwm Rhymni was founded in 1981 with little more than 100 pupils and as of 2012 this number has grown to over 1000.
The school's motto is 'Tua'r Goleuni' (Towards the Light) and its badge is a dragon on its hind-legs. The school is traditionally represented by the colours red and black.
Cwm Rhymni was originally situated on two sites, a Lower school for years 7 and 8 and an Upper school for years 9 to 13, situated in Aberbargoed and Bargoed respectively. By the late 1990s these buildings were in very poor condition, and after a long struggle the school was finally granted permission to build a new state of the art one-site building in Fleur-de-lys, which opened in 2002. The new building was funded through PFI. The original Headmaster of Cwm Rhymni was Mr Huw Thomas, who was succeeded by Mr Hefin Mathias in 1995. Mr Mathias was in turn succeeded upon his retirement in 2008 by Mr Owain ap Dafydd.
Cwm Rhymni has a very large catchment area stretching from Rhymney near the top of the valley to Caerphilly. The breadth of the catchment area is reflected by the names of the three main corridors in the school; Ebwy, Sirhywi and Rhymni; three adjoining South Wales Valleys that all feed some pupils into Cwm Rhymni. Prior to the establishment of Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw in 1988, Cwm Rhymni's catchment area also included the whole of the county of Gwent and pupils attended the school from as far afield as Newport and Chepstow.
The school's four houses are named after Welsh saints: Mabon (house colour: yellow), Cadog (green), Tudful (purple) and Sannan (blue). Tudful was a later addition to the original three houses as the school's numbers grew in the early 1990s. In 2009, a new house, Ilan, was also created in addition to the previous four houses because of the growing number of students. Currently, only the new year 7 students are in this house, but it's expected that it will expand to include the rest of the student body in the new school year.
Cwm Rhymni currently has a partnership with Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw, Pontypool. With this partnership more courses are made available in both schools. This type of programme has been tried in many schools before but the main difference with partneriaeth 6 is that the teachers travel between the schools or teach via conference link. Currently the school is trying to expand this partnership to include Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun
Notable former pupils
- Huw Euron, Pobol y Cwm Actor
- Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal and Wales Footballer
- Aled Phillips, Singer of Kids In Glass Houses
- Cerith Hynam (now Cerith Mathias), BBC Wales TV Producer & writer
- Radio Feynman, Welsh-language Rock band
- Alun Shurmer, Dwr Cymru Head of Communications
- Gareth Lloyd, Hungarian Rugby International
- Rhodri Lloyd, Welsh Rugby league International Player and Wigan Warriors
- Natasha Harding, Bristol Academy and Wales footballer
- Steffan Jones (rugby player), Newport Gwent Dragons Rugby Player
- David Probert, British flat racing Champion Apprentice Jockey 2008 alongside his best friend, William Buick, Davids most notable win, was 2012 Investec Derby Trial, on Goldoni who was Gelded prior to the race, and did not qualify for the Epsom Derby, due to his Status as a Gelding.