Treorchy Comprehensive School

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Coordinates: 51°39′25″N 3°30′25″W / 51.657°N 3.507°W / 51.657; -3.507

Treorchy Comprehensive School
School typeState
MottoA Community School committed to excellence[1] Respect your community
ChairpersonMr Gareth Morgan-Jones
Head teacherMr. Rhys Angell Jones
Age range11–18
Number of students1585
Average class size25-30
Student to teacher ratio10:1
NewspaperThe Phoenix
Feeder schoolsPenyrenglyn, Penpych, Parc, Treorchy, Ton Pentre, Gelli and Bodringallt Primary School.
GCSE (A*-C)83%
GCSE (A*-G)97%

Treorchy Comprehensive School is an English language,[2] comprehensive school (previously bilingual) in the village of Treorchy, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales. The school is situated on the southern side of the valley, and is 500 metres in length from the main gate on Conway Road, Cwmparc, to the rear gate at Tylecoch Bridge, Treorchy.

Pupils who are identified as being proficient in Welsh will study RE, History, PE, PSHE and Geography through the medium of Welsh at KS3. At KS4, first language Welsh is offered at GCSE.


Formerly the site of the Tylecoch Colliery, Treorchy Comprehensive School began as the Upper Rhondda School and opened in 1965. In 1970 the school became a fully comprehensive school which could accommodate over 1,800 pupils taught by over 100 teachers. Subjects included English, Maths, General Science, French, Welsh, Geography, History, Physical Education, Art, Woodwork, Music and Religious Knowledge.

The aim of the school is to satisfy the social and academic needs of children in the Upper Rhondda.[citation needed] The curriculum offers opportunities to study subjects in which pupils have a particular interest and aptitude. Pupils are placed in broad ability bands based on assessments from Primary schools they have attended. The school now serves 22 Primary Schools, 8 of which are in the catchment area and 3 of which are first language Welsh schools.


The school contains a number of facilities, including I.T. suites spread across the school, sporting facilities, three canteens providing hot and cold foods, a swimming pool and drama and music suites.


Treorchy Comprehensive follows the basic English S.A.T. and GCSE Curriculum. It offers French and Spanish as modern foreign languages, and Welsh and English as compulsory subjects for all pre-A level students.

Key Stage 3[edit]

The average Key Stage 3 pupil studies a maximum of 16 subjects taken from the National Curriculum, including English, Maths, Sciences, a modern foreign language, humanities, compulsory physical education, compulsory religious education, and compulsory Welsh. According to the last Estyn report, in 2006, the school achieves Key Stage 3 results just above the national average.


At Key Stage 4, students are offered to choose their own courses, which will be cut to 10 different courses, spread across a fortnightly timetable. The subjects from Key Stage 3 are offered at GCSE, GNVQ and BTEC levels. Compulsory P.E. and compulsory R.E. become 'short course' options, while students are offered the chance to study them as a 'full course' equal to a full GCSE. New courses are also offered at this level including Health and Social Studies, Leisure and Tourism, Media and Film Studies and Business and Communications Studies. The school has achieved an A*-G pass rate of over 90% since 2005.[citation needed]

A.S./A-2 A-Level Courses[edit]

A-level students are offered a range of courses to choose from. This range expands much more on the previous two key stages, and adds new subjects also. The student may choose a maximum of 5 or a minimum of 2 courses. The school is one of the few in the Rhondda that does not need pupils to travel to other schools to receive an A-level course. In 2007, the school began a compulsory Welsh Baccalaureate qualification for Sixth Form pupils. Other new courses on offer to pupils in the Sixth Form include Politics, Psychology, and Law and Electronics, as well as vocational subjects such as Hairdressing in the school's on site salon.

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

The school supports extra-curricular activity offers a wide variety of clubs and activities for pupils. These range from orchestra to rugby. The activities include:

The Arts[edit]

The school annually hosts performing arts events. As well as concerts in school, junior productions, the annual "Back To Broadway" performance and the Christmas concert, senior pupils perform a musical annually at the Parc & Dare Theatre. The performances are listed below:

The following activities take place daily within the school:


Sixth Form Activities[edit]


Notable former pupils[edit]




The classes are called bands. The classes are thought to be like a compass. At the top of the compass is the north and at the bottom it is known as south. So like a compass if you are in North it is the top and south is the bottom. The bands are as followed: NN, NO, NW, NR, NT, NH, NS, SO, SU, ST and SG (Special Guidance).