||This article appears to be written like an advertisement. (August 2010)|
|Motto||Learning To Live, "Dysgu y Fyw"|
|Headteacher||Mr Michael Conway|
|DfE URN||401855 Tables|
|Colours||Green, black, white,silver and red (prefects, deputies and headboy/girl)|
Abersychan School has over 930 pupils on roll. It serves the north of Torfaen including the communities of Blaenavon, Garndiffaith, Talywain, Abersychan, Pontnewynedd, Cwmffrwdoer, Trevethin, Penygarn and St Cadocs. The local diversity is exemplified by the fact that some areas qualify for Communities First status, while the northern half of the Afon Llwyd encompasses a World Heritage Site.
The school supports a Special Needs Resources Base for pupils in Torfaen with MLD[clarification needed], and these pupils play a full and active role in the school.
The closure of Trevethin Community School in September 2007 has resulted in large numbers of pupils from its former catchment choosing Abersychan as their preferred school.
The re-organisation of education in the north of the borough was supported by a considerable capital investment in Abersychan School which has improved the teaching and learning facilities, most notably in the form of several state-of-the-art classrooms, a sports laboratory, an ICT suite with a 60 PC capacity, an Art and Technology design area, a floodlit astro-turf and a new multi-purpose sports field. In 2009 a multi-media learning plaza was opened. In January 2008 the school received a Welsh Secondary Schools Association award for its outstanding contribution to the transition of pupils from the Trevethin Community School to Abersychan School during the period 2006-7.
In recent years several pupils have represented Wales in a variety of sports, and teams from the school have won regional, national and UK competitions in Magistrates Courts, Stock Market Challenge, Girls Rugby, Design and Construction, and Dance.
Notable former pupils
- Allen Forward - Welsh international rugby player
- David Llewellyn - Welsh novelist
- Mark Taylor - Welsh rugby union player
Abersychan Grammar School
- Prof Geoffrey Arthur, Professor of Veterinary Surgery from 1974-9 at the University of Bristol, and Professor of Veterinary Obstetrics and Diseases of Reproduction from 1965-73 at the Royal Veterinary College
- Roy Jenkins, Baron Jenkins of Hillhead - founder of Social Democrat Party, and Labour MP from 1950-77 for Birmingham Stechford, and SDP MP from 1982-7 for Glasgow Hillhead
- Rear-Adm Brinley Morgan CB, Director from 1970-5 of the Naval Education Service
- Robert Ryder, pathologist who found the link between emphysema and coal dust