Gowerton Comprehensive School

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Gowerton School

"Mi ddylwn, mi allaf, mi fynnaf"

English translation: "I should, I can, I shall"
Established 1973
Type Comprehensive
Headteacher Mr Nigel Jones
Location Cecil Road
Wales Wales
Coordinates: 51°38′33″N 4°02′10″W / 51.64263°N 4.03617°W / 51.64263; -4.03617
Local authority Swansea
DfE number ???/4063
DfE URN 401770 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1350
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Colours Maroon and white
Former name Gowerton Grammar School
Website www.gowerton.swansea.sch.uk

Gowerton School is a public secondary school located in the heart of Gowerton village, near Swansea, United Kingdom.


Intermediate School[edit]

The school opened on 5 October 1896 in Talbot Street as a co-educational Intermediate school under the Welsh Intermediate Education Act 1889. It was known locally as Gowerton County School.

Grammar school[edit]

In May, 1940 the Talbot Street school became a boys' grammar school when a girls' grammar school opened on Cecil Road.


The school in its present form was created in 1973 from the merger of Gowerton Girls' Grammar School and Gowerton Boys' Grammar School. The Upper School was at Cecil Road and the Middle School was on Talbot Road. In 1987 the school was centralised on the Cecil Road (former girls' school) site.

Gowerton School today serves pupils from the north and west of the Gower peninsula and from the Swansea suburbs of Gowerton, Waunarlwydd and Dunvant from age 11 to 18, with a successful sixth form specialising in A level and Welsh Baccalaureate courses.

ESTYN inspections in 1994, 2000, 2005 and 2011 have been consistently good. The 2011 inspection report under the new Welsh inspection framework noted the school's outstanding ethos, inspiring leadership, good performance and excellent prospects, with high academic expectations and achievements, excellent care for pupil welfare and sector leading use of ICT in teaching.[1]

In July 2013, parents supported boys wearing skirts as they had not been permitted to wear school shorts or to roll their trousers up during particularly hot summer weather.[2]


The school is based in a central position of Gowerton, quite a large village. Opposite the school is Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr, a Welsh speaking school.

School layout[edit]

The school is large compared to other secondary schools in the UK. It has three main blocks, two demountable blocks and an additional block.

  • 'A' block houses the main entrance/reception, office, main hall, canteen, gymnasium and the English and modern foreign language departments.
  • 'B' block houses mathematics, design and technology, religious education and the new STF unit. It also houses the main literacy block for those pupils with problems with literacy. It also houses the pupil support offices and it also used to house the main sixth form department, however, this was dropped in favor of a new Technology room. Plans are in place for a new sixth form department
  • 'C' block houses the arts and humanities departments.
  • 'D' block houses the Welsh language department and also houses the school nurse's room. There is also a drama room, sports hall with male and female changing rooms, weights room and a Business Studies / Psychology room.
  • 'E' block houses Welsh, religious education and mathematics.
  • 'F' block is only used for science and is the newest building

In addition to the main blocks there is also the tennis courts, two playing fields and a redgra adjacent to F Block and C Block.

Former teachers[edit]

  • Nia Griffith, Recently appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Wales by Jeremy Corbyn, Labour MP since 2005 for Llanelli (Head of Languages from 1986–92)
  • Anne Ellis, [MBE] President of the Hockey Wales Board (Head of Girls PE until 1995)

Notable former pupils[edit]

Gowerton Grammar School[edit]


  1. ^ "Gowerton School". Estyn.gov.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  2. ^ "Swansea schoolboys keep cool in skirts after shorts ban". Daily Telegraph. 15 Jul 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Emmy Awards shortlist for Episodes composer Mark Thomas - BBC News". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 

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