Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw

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Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw
Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw.png
Motto "Cerddwn Ymlaen"
("Forward we March")
Established 1988
Type Co-educational
Headmaster Mr H Ellis Griffiths
Founder Lillian Jones
Location Heol Folly
Wales, United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51°42′54″N 3°02′13″W / 51.7150°N 3.037°W / 51.7150; -3.037
Local authority Torfaen
Gender Co-educational (Welsh Medium)
Ages 11–18
Houses      Ebwy
Colours Green and Navy
Website www.gwynllyw.org

Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw is a Welsh-medium comprehensive school located in Trevethin, Pontypool in Torfaen, Wales and named for Saint Gwynllyw. The school had 988 pupils on roll in 2015.[1]


The school was founded in 1988 as the first Welsh-medium school in the former Gwent LEA area and is housed in accommodation previously used for Trevethin Comprehensive School.

For its first three years Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw was housed in the old Abercarn Infant School house but soon outgrew the building. As one of the fastest growing schools in Wales, bigger premises were needed and the old Trevethin upper school was suggested by the education authority.

Pupils at the school are taught completely in Welsh and come from a range of Welsh-language feeder schools. The aim is to immerse pupils in Welsh and to enable them to be educated entirely in it as their native language.

An inspection report by Estyn in 2008 stated 94.5% of the pupils came from homes where English is the main language; 5.3% came from Welsh-speaking homes. The same report also says that all pupils speak Welsh as a first language or to an equivalent standard.[2]

In 2009 the school was given a grant to make improvements and replace the old static cabins with a new and improved complex building.

Notable students[edit]

  • Cerys Hale - Welsh women's international rugby union player, represents Newport Gwent Dragons regionally.
  • Lewis Robling - rugby union player for Newport Gwent Dragons.
  • Rhiannon Wallace - actress who played character Leah Fischer in TV series Casualty.
  • Aimee-Ffion Edwards - actress who starred in Skins and currently plays Esmé in Peaky Blinders.


  1. ^ "Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw". My Local School. Welsh Government. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  2. ^ 2008 Estyn report in Welsh and English

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