John Frost School

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John Frost School
Lighthouse Road

NP10 8YD

United Kingdom
Coordinates51°33′31″N 3°00′45″W / 51.5586°N 3.0125°W / 51.5586; -3.0125Coordinates: 51°33′31″N 3°00′45″W / 51.5586°N 3.0125°W / 51.5586; -3.0125
TypeComprehensive school
MottoCarpe Diem (Seize the Day)
Local authorityNewport City Council
HeadteacherMark Tucker
Age11 to 18

The John Frost School, formerly known as Duffryn High School (Welsh: Ysgol Uwchradd Dyffryn), is a comprehensive school on the south-western outskirts of Newport, south Wales. It is in the suburb of Duffryn and opened in 1959. The John Frost School was the filming location of the Doctor Who television episode "School Reunion", filmed in 2005.

As of 2019, the current head teacher is Mark Tucker.[2]

Name change[edit]

At the beginning of 2015 it was announced that Duffryn High School was changing its name to The John Frost School. John Frost (1784−1877) was a Chartist and the leader of the Newport Rising.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

In August 2019, in the BBC TV series Who Do You Think You Are?, the school was visited by TV producer Michael Whitehall and his son, actor and comedian Jack Whitehall, who were revealed to be descendants of Thomas Phillips, mayor of Newport at the time of the Rising.[4]


  1. ^ Inspection Reports - Duffryn High School (PDF). Estyn (February 2008). Retrieved on 2008-11-20.
  2. ^ Rose, Alice (10 April 2017). "New head teacher announced for The John Frost School in Duffryn". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Duffryn High School to change name to John Frost School". South Wales Argus.
  4. ^ Thomas, Nicholas (15 July 2019). "Jack Whitehall finds Newport ancestor in BBC show Who Do You Think You Are". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 6 August 2019.