Cwmtawe Community School

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Cwmtawe Community School
Ysgol Gymunedol Cwmtawe
Parc Ynysderw

TypeComprehensive School
Motto"We can and we will succeed by working together and giving of our best"
Established1969 (Moved to new building 1996)
Head teacherMr C. L. Hitchings
Staff85 teaching, 73 support staff
Age11 to 16
Colour(s)Royal Blue and Gold

Cwmtawe Community School (in Welsh: Ysgol Gymunedol Cwmtawe) Formerly known as Pontardawe Technical School and Cwmtawe Comprehensive School, is a modern English-medium education comprehensive school in Pontardawe, South Wales.

The school moved to newly built premises in 1996. Its old building was used by the local Welsh-language primary school, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Pontardawe, until it was demolished in 2010. Cwmtawe recently won an award for environmentally friendly schools, based on school improvements, community and curriculum links, saving money, and raising environmental awareness.[1] Although Cwmtawe is not a Welsh-medium school, Welsh is taught at second-language level, as it is mandatory under the National Curriculum that all Welsh school children up to age 16 be taught the language.

Cwmtawe has very good Key Stage 3 and GCSE results exceeding the targets set in Wales's national standards.[2] In 2000, it was in 113th place in Wales for GCSE passes (based on 5 GCSEs, grades A*-C). Since then, examination results have improved dramatically; according to the latest inspection report by Estyn, the school has a GCSE pass rate of 73%, putting it in 12th place and within the top 10% of all schools in Wales.

Feeder primary schools[edit]

The feeder primary schools for Cwmtawe are:

Notable former pupils[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "What are the benefits of Eco-Schools?". Archived from the original on 2008-09-22.
  2. ^ 2000 Wales GCSE & GNVQ League Tables
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Extra Curricular". Cwmtawe Community School. Archived from the original on 2012-03-02.
  4. ^ "Wales too good for Bulgarians". This is South Wales.

Coordinates: 51°42′57″N 3°51′13″W / 51.71583°N 3.85361°W / 51.71583; -3.85361