Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones
Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones is a mixed bilingual community school for pupils between 11 and 18 years of age in the Pentrefelin area of Amlwch, Anglesey. The school serves the town and the rural catchment area.
The school was opened in 1950 and named after Sir Thomas Jones (1870-1945), a local doctor and the chairman of the county council, who campaigned for a secondary school at Amlwch. It was the first purpose-built comprehensive school in Britain. Initially designed to accommodate 700 pupils, further blocks were added, and by 1977 there were 1265 pupils on the register.
There are two main service tunnels that run underneath the main corridors with two main entrances. The first is in the 6th form common room. The second is at the base of the clock tower, and enters the main hall through a side door. The tunnel accessed both a storage room and a series of unfinished rooms that extend under the foyer and car park.
The style of the building with its wide corridors and 'secret' rooms has been attributed to being designed as a potential war time hospital, having been opened five years after the end of World War II.
The building was designed by N. Squire Johnson, Anglesey county architect, with Kenneth M. Raw as job architect.
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. 34% came from Welsh-speaking homes in 2012. As of January 2018, 55% of pupils aged 5 and over spoke Welsh at home.
Notable people educated at the school
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- "Ysgol David Hughes". mylocalschool.wales.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
- "A report on Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones" (PDF). Estyn. 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
- "Children speaking Welsh at home". Welsh Government. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
- "Lemmy the Movie: Motorhead frontman's Amlwch schooldays". BBC North West Wales. 2010-02-15. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
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