Ysgol Bryn Alyn
|Motto||"Dim heb Ymdrech - Nothing without Effort"|
|Headteacher||Mr. B. Whiteley|
|Ages||Year 7 (11/12)–Year 11 (15/16)|
Mr Brian Whiteley took up the position of headteacher in July 2011.
The school is also known as the school as which Robbie Savage attended.
The School's Curriculum
At Key Stage 3 (KS3), students at Ysgol Bryn Alyn are taught all the mandatory subjects required by the Welsh National Curriculum. At the end of Key Stage 3 pupils are given Teacher Assessment (TA) levels from 3 to 7 in their core and foundation subjects. A special presentation afternoon during the year celebrates the achievement of Year 9 pupils throughout KS3.
At Key Stage 4 (GCSE level), students select three subjects to which they wish to study, alongside mandatory English, English Literature Mathematics, Double Science, Welsh Short Course and RE Short Course. Recently, college course opportunities at Coleg Cambria have been offered, however pupils wishing to opt for one of these loose an option subject. These are chosen in Year 9. Non-exam subjects are Physical Education and PSE. Students select up to three (plus two reserves) of the following GCSE subjects:
- Business Studies
- Child Development
- Design Technology
- Food and Nutrition
- French as taught by Liz Threadgold (started in 2013)
- Information Technology
- Media Studies
- Physical Education
- RS Full Course
- Welsh Full Course
BTEC courses (since 2006):
- Leisure and Tourism, also taught in Geography
In partnership with Yale College (Coleg Cambria) (Since 2006):
- Classical Civilisations
- Drama and Performing Arts
- Equine Studies
- Law and Economics
- Computer Science and Coding
There are also other subjects which can be mixed with GCSE subjects, but a GCSE is not obtained at the end of these courses:
The school underwent a full Estyn inspection in early May 2007 , and results were received in late July.
Ysgol Bryn Alyn is an excellent school which give you a wide and open attempt on what you want to achieve. (Estyn inspectors' report)
The school was previously an underachiever; however, since the introduction of new schemes of work and new staff, that perception has been largely reversed, and is proved by massive support raised for charities and funds such as the money that was raised for BBC Children in Need and awards won such as the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Award.
Structure of the school day and pupil management
The school day in its current form was launched in June 2008. It consists of six 50-minute lessons, and then the final lesson ends at the day at 3.20pm.
The school has many facilities, including four ICT suites, a full indoor swimming pool, a MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area), a sports hall, a Science Block and a library with a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books.
Refurbishment and front block demolition
In 2016, the front area of the school is going to be demolished during the Summer Holidays. Many internal refurbishment have been completed. The front block is going to be replaced by a more modernised block of classrooms.
Awards given to the school include:
- The Basic Skills Quality Mark
- Investor In People
- CEG Quality Award
- Healthy Schools Award
- Barclays New Futures
- Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Award for Young People
• Best Canteen In Wales 2011