Ysgol David Hughes

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Coordinates: 53°13′42″N 4°10′38″W / 53.2282°N 4.1771°W / 53.2282; -4.1771

Ysgol David Hughes
Ysgol David Hughes, Menai Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 255416.jpg
Established 1603
Type Comprehensive
Location Ffordd Pentraeth
Menai Bridge
Isle of Anglesey
LL59 5SS
Students 1096
Gender Both
Ages 11–18
Houses Tudur, Seiriol, Llywelyn, Cybi
Website ysgoldavidhughes.org

Ysgol David Hughes is a bilingual secondary school on Anglesey but mostly welsh, Wales. The school building was completed and opened in Menai Bridge in 1963 by Anglesey County Council which, ten years earlier (in 1953), had become the first education authority in the UK to adopt non-selective comprehensive education.Cite error: A <ref> tag is missing the closing </ref> (see the help page).

Founder of Beaumaris Grammar School[edit]

The former Beaumaris Grammar School building, adjacent to Beaumaris Castle. The 1603 date can be seen above the door

David Hughes (d. 1609), the founder of Beaumaris Grammar School, was born in a stable of Llantrisant, Anglesey. He may have been the David Hughes of county Caernarvon, b. 1561, who entered Gray's Inn from Magdalen College, Oxford, 28 January 1583 (Foster, Alumni. Oxon.; Gray's Inn Admission Register, 28 Jan 1582-3), but another account of him, contained in the papers of Christopher Wase (now held at Corpus Christi College, Oxford) states that he attended Magdalene College, Cambridge. He was appointed 'Tutor to a person of Qualitie who conferred upon him liberall Gratuities & settled upon him a Large Annuitie'. Hughes later lived in Norfolk and used his good fortune to build a 'considerable estate in money which afterwards hee left in his last Will & Testament for the Founding & Endowing of a Free School & Hospitall in & near Bowmaris [sic]'. Settling in Norfolk, he was appointed steward of the manor of Woodrising about 1596. In 1602 he procured a building in Beaumaris which was converted and opened as a Free Grammar School in 1603.[1] David Hughes's will, dated 30 December 1609, endowed the school and vested its administration in a body of feoffees (trustees) which he specified, should always include the Bishop of Bangor.He also laid down the terms on which "fellowships" (scholarships) should be established to enable deserving pupils to proceed directly from Beaumaris to the University of Oxford.[2] In 1895 the management of the David Hughes charitable endowment (which had funded Beaumaris Grammar School) was transferred from the feoffees to Anglesey's new "County Governing Body" which now used the funds for the establishment of new county schools at Holyhead, Llangefni and Amlwch as well continuing to provide a proportion of funding for Beaumaris Grammar School.[3]

Ysgol David Hughes[edit]

Ysgol David Hughes at Menai Bridge is divided into five blocks, A-D and New Block. It has a new sports hall with a fitness room with views of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia. The facility is open to the public in the evenings. There are approximately 1250 pupils at the school, from ages 11 to 18. The school has a large sports reputation and regularly competes against other schools in the area. The school is located at the top end of Menai Bridge and has views of both the Menai Suspension Bridge and Britannia Bridge. The school has excellent facilities with many classrooms having at least three PCs, every teacher has a laptop or PC and all classrooms have new electronic white boards. There are laboratories, kitchens and workshops as well as PC rooms in the school. The current headteacher is Mr H Emyr Williams.

The school participates in a broad range of activities and extracurricular activities for pupils. Activities ranging from sports events to science competitions are offered annually for pupils of various ages and interests.

Welsh language[edit]

Welsh Government defines the school as a bilingual secondary school Category 2B, which means that, at least 80% of subjects (excluding Welsh and English) are taught through the medium of Welsh but are also taught through the medium of English.[4] Most pupils have received their primary education through the medium of Welsh.[5]

According to the latest Estyn inspection report, approximately 90% of pupils could speak Welsh in 2012.[5] In 2015, 68.7% of pupils aged 11-15 could speak Welsh fluently, with a further 31% being able to speak Welsh but not to a fluent standard, meaning that 99.7% of pupils in that age were able to speak Welsh. Approximately 39% of pupils aged 11-15 spoke Welsh at home.[6]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "The Free Grammar School at Beaumaris" by Anthony D.Carr T.T.A.S.,1963
  2. ^ "Elizabethan Wales" by G.Dyfnallt Owen (Cardiff,1964) and "Welsh Independent Grammar Schools to 1600" by L.Stanley Knight (Newtown 1926)
  3. ^ Anglesey County Governing Body Minutes 1894-1903
  4. ^ "http://mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk/school.htm?estab=6604028&iaith=eng". mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-09-17.  External link in |title= (help)
  5. ^ a b "Ysgol David Hughes, Porthaethwy, Ynys Mon". ysgoldavidhughes.org. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  6. ^ "Ystadegau am iaith disgyblion, Ionawr 2014 a 2015 - a Freedom of Information request to Welsh Government". WhatDoTheyKnow. 2015-09-11. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 

External links[edit]


  • David Hughes M.A. and his Free Grammar School at Beaumaris, 1864, reissued (ed. by Vaughan Bowen) 1933
  • E. Madoc Jones, ‘The Free Grammar School of Beaumaris’ in Trans. Angl. Antiq. Soc., 1922;