Ysgol John Bright

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Ysgol John Bright
Established 1896
Headteacher (Pennaeth) Ann Webb
Founder John Bright MP
Location Maesdu Road
LL30 1DF
53°19′15″N 3°49′29″W / 53.32079°N 3.82480°W / 53.32079; -3.82480Coordinates: 53°19′15″N 3°49′29″W / 53.32079°N 3.82480°W / 53.32079; -3.82480
Local authority Conwy
DfE URN 401684 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 364
Gender male and female
Ages 10–19
Website www.johnbright.conwy.sch.uk

Ysgol John Bright is a secondary school on Maesdu Road, Llandudno in Conwy County Borough, Wales. It was founded with money and support from the social reformer John Bright, whose son died in Llandudno in 1864. Until 1969 the school was a selective grammar school known as John Bright Grammar School (JBGS). It reopened in September 1969 as a comprehensive and with a new name --- Ysgol John Bright. ("Ysgol" is Welsh for "school") The school serves the state secondary education sector in the Llandudno area and has around 1200 pupils. The current Headteacher is Ann Webb.

The first John Bright school first opened in February 1896 in temporary premises – now the Risboro Hotel. It was bought for £567 and had 62 pupils. By 1905, there were nearly 80 pupils and 5 teachers. It had 5 classrooms and specialist rooms for cookery, music, art and woodwork, physics and science. The headmaster was J.M. Archer-Thomson, a leading Welsh mountaineer.

The school moved to a new site on Oxford Road in 1907 and remained on that site until 2004. The Oxford Road buildings were demolished in 2004 and the site was redevoped as an Asda store. It has not been revealed how much Asda paid for the site.[1] New school buildings on Maesdu Road were opened in September 2004. They were built as part of a PFI project and a facilities management company handles caretaking, cleaning and catering. The cost was £20,000,000. As the new site had been previously been a landfill and gasworks, the move was the subject of some controversy.[2] [3]


The school offers education for KS3, KS4 and Post-16 students. It offers GCSE, Entry Level examinations for KS4 and AS-level and A-level for Post-16 education. The school is well known for its exceptional sports facilities.[citation needed] The school performs a different musical production each year.

Notable former pupils[edit]

  • Neal Eardley. Football. Birmingham City Right-back.
  • Joey Jones. Football. Liverpool Defender.
  • Keith Mason, Astronomer, Chief Executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2011.
  • Sir Gareth Gwyn Roberts, 1958 Penmaenmawr. Physics. President of Wolfson College, Oxford University, UK.
  • Neville Southall. Football. Everton Goalkeeper.
  • Professor Gareth Pierce Williams, 1958 Penrhynside. Mathematics. Planetary Atmospheres Research, Princeton University, USA.[4]
  • Baron Roberts of Llandudno - former President of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Methodist Minister
  • Lord Borrie QC - Lawyer. Evacuated to Llandudno during World War II.
  • Ryan McCann - Musician. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band Catfish and the Bottlemen.


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