Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensive School

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Dwr-Y-Felin Comprehensive School
Motto Nid Da Lle Gellir Gwell
Established 1973
Headteacher Mrs. S.E. Handley
Location Dwr-y-Felin Road
West Glamorgan
SA10 7RE
Wales Wales
Coordinates: 51°39′57″N 3°48′48″W / 51.66583°N 3.81324°W / 51.66583; -3.81324
Local authority Neath Port Talbot
Students c.1200
Gender Coeducational
Former name Neath Grammar School
Website Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensive School

Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensive School (in Welsh: Ysgol Gyfun Dŵr-y-Felin) is a comprehensive school in the town of Neath in South Wales.


The school is for ages 11-16. It is situated off the A474 next to Neath Port Talbot College (former Neath College before 1996) and close to the former Nidum Roman fort.


Former schools[edit]

The former schools were Neath Grammar School for Boys and Rhydhir Secondary Modern School in Neath Abbey. Neath Girls' Grammar School was on Cadoxton Road (A4230). Neath Grammar School was noted for producing many well-known rugby players and for its music (choirs). Rhydhir has now been replaced by state-of-the-art teaching facilities on the upper school site, making Dwr-y-felin a single site school, with over 1100 pupils. The site amalgamation took place on 6 September 2012.


The school opened its doors for the first time in September 1973 following the ending of grammar school education in the Neath area. The Upper School is housed on Dwr-y-Felin Road in the buildings of the former grammar school adjacent to Neath Port Talbot College, while the Lower School is situated on the campus of the former secondary modern school in Longford, Neath Abbey now it is all located on a singular site on the upper school site with an extra building having been built costing the school 9.7 million pounds.


The inaugural Headmaster was Dr R.J. Graham (previously the Headmaster of Neath Grammar School for Boys), who left around 1987-89. Mr N. Stacey was appointed Headmaster in September 2002. 2012 brought a new Head Teacher to Dwr-y-felin as Mr. Stacey made his sad departure, when Mrs S.E. Handley, a previous history teacher and assistant head took over the role.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Neath Grammar School for Boys[edit]

Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensive School[edit]

Gareth Lloyd Evans, international playboy and waratah RFC Australia

  • Chris Bromham, stuntman
  • Stuart Willson - Operational Manager at Gwalia Housing Group, Swansea. left 1982
  • Katherine Jenkins – singer
  • Paul James - Wales international rugby player, Ospreys
  • David Melding, Conservative AM for South Wales Central
  • Craig Mitchell- Wales and Ospreys rugby player
  • David Pickering - Wales international rugby player and current chairman Welsh Rugby Union
  • James Reynolds - Rugby player Neath RFC, Cambridge University Rugby Blue
  • Jonathan Spratt - Wales international rugby player, Ospreys
  • Neil Thompson, General Manager since 2010 of Entertainment and Devices Division, Microsoft
  • Jonathan Williams - Entrepreneur in Adult Work
  • Ashley Beck - Wales International and Ospreys rugby player
  • Rebecca Craven - Actress


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