Cowbridge Comprehensive School

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Cowbridge Comprehensive School
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Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan
School typeCo-educational secondary comprehensive
MottoEducation, inspiration and opportunities for life
Established1974 (Original Grammar School 1608 and Girls High School 1896)
Local authorityVale of Glamorgan
Head teacherMrs Thomas[1]
Age11 to 18

Cowbridge Comprehensive School is a secondary school in the town of Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, near Cardiff, Wales.

The school has approximately 1,500 pupils, 1,200 of whom are in the secondary years and 300 in the sixth-form years studying for Welsh Baccalaureate, GCSEs and A-Levels.


The School is in the north-eastern outskirts of Cowbridge, in semi-rural location.


In 2008-09, 90.5% of students obtained A* to G grades in 5 or more GCSE exams. 91.6% obtained at least 5 A* to C grades. In the same year, 99.8% of A-Level students obtained an A-E grade and 87.8% obtained A to C, best in Wales[2]

2008 Fire[edit]

On 4 December 2008, a fire started in one of the temporary buildings at the lower school at about 08:26 am. About 400 11- to 13-year-olds were evacuated to Cowbridge Leisure Centre, and smoke was visible around Cowbridge as firefighters extinguished the lit fire. The lower school was temporarily shut whilst the building was made safe. No one was in the classroom at the time of the fire.


Originally, the Sixth Form (Year 12-13) was near the Middle School, based in the former Girls High School building, nearer to the town, and the Lower School (Years 7 and 8) was in the south-west of the town, near the town centre. However, after the redevelopment of the school, all the site's were moved onto the main site which caters for all years, 7 to 13 and ATG. The middle school site was under redevelopment since early 2009 in order to bring all sites onto one site. The development was estimated to have cost £21.5 million. The redevelopment included the complete construction of a new main building (A-Block) and the refurbishment of several existing buildings. In addition to this, a multitude of sports facilities were constructed. Several of these new facilities are now available for bookings out of school hours to the public.[3]

The newly developed site opened up to pupils for the first time in September 2010, and photos of the school are available on the website.


  1. ^ Owen, Cathy. "Schools Directory: Cowbridge Comprehensive School". Wales Online. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-18. Retrieved 2010-09-01.

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