Ysgol Rhiwabon

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Ysgol Rhiwabon
Ruabon, Wrexham
Coordinates 52°59′19″N 3°02′52″W / 52.9885°N 3.0479°W / 52.9885; -3.0479Coordinates: 52°59′19″N 3°02′52″W / 52.9885°N 3.0479°W / 52.9885; -3.0479
Type State
Motto Absque Labore Nihil
(Latin language: "Nothing Without Labour")
Established 1575
Pupils 1000 (approx.)

Ysgol Rhiwabon ("Ruabon School") is a historic comprehensive school in Ruabon, Wrexham, Wales for 11- to 18-year-olds. The current headteacher is Melanie Ferron-Evans. In 2003 the Estyn Report concluded that "Ysgol Rhiwabon provides good opportunities for pupils' academic, personal and social development".

In 2009 there were nearly 950 pupils on the school roll. The sixth form has a 98% pass rate at A Level.[1]


The school was founded in 1575 and was housed in one of the church's outbuildings, The building still exists to this day, but due to expansion the school was relocated to the site on penycae road in 1858, the red terracotta buildings are still preserved. The comprehensive seen today was formed in 1967 by amalgamating the existing Ruabon Boys' Grammar School and the Ruabon Girls' Grammar School. The school is now housed in the buildings of the former girls' grammar school. The site of the former boys' grammar school has been redeveloped for housing with the original buildings being conserved and the name "Old school court" was thought up by a pupil of the school

The school underwent a major building project in 2003 which included a state of the art library and a huge new sports centre; it was opened by ex-pupil Mark Hughes.

Notable former pupils[edit]

  • Mark Hughes, former Manchester United F.C., Blackburn Rovers F.C. and Wales footballer.
  • Bryn Law, Sky Sports reporter.
  • Professor Howard Kynaston MB ChB - Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery FRCS - Fellow Royal College of Surgeons MD - Doctor of Medicine FRCS (Urol) - Fellow Royal College of Surgeons (Urology)
  • Gareth Valentine - composer, conductor and musical director.


  • ActiveMarc Cymru status by the Sports Council of Wales.
  • Rotary Young Citizens’ Award
  • Welsh Secondary Schools Association Award for Pastoral Care through Community Partnership
  • Schools’ ETC Award 2006

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Official School Website Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.