Welcome to the website of the old Aberdare Boys’ Grammar
School. The web server continues to provide pages to visitors from all over the
world, and the website continues to grow thanks to your contributions. If you have
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Former Aberdare High School
The 28-page colour commemorative booklet, “End of an Era”,
distributed at the final Prize and Speech Evening of Aberdare
School can be read, or downloaded, here.
Gadlys School Buildings
The auction of Gadlys School buildings took place on the morning
of Monday, July 14th when the school building was sold for
£188,000. Since then Media Wales reporter
Sam Tegeltija has reported that the plot
of land to the rear of the school has also been sold. The buyer was the same London
based charity that successfully bid for the school buildings.
Girls’ School Centenary Booklet
The Aberdare Girls’ School Centenary Booklet is available
for purchase from the school, price £4 plus £1 UK p&p, Aberdare
Community School (Plasdraw Campus), Cwmbach Road, Aberdare,
CF44 0NF. Tel. 01685 872460.
Aberdare Community School
Past students can keep abreast of the developments
at the newly opened Aberdare Community School by visiting its
website, which is at
A video presentation including an interview with First Minister
Carwyn Jones, Huw Lewis AM, Minister for Education and Skills,
Headteacher Mrs Sue Davies & student Elis Nash can
be found in the ‘News’ section.
Some Background Information about Aberdare County
school building was completed in July 1894 but, for reasons
explained in the History section of this website, opened two
years later on September 28th, 1896 as The Aberdare Technical
and Intermediate Schools with Head Master W. Jenkyn
Thomas and four assistant teachers: two men and two women.
There were 141 pupils present by the end of the first term,
88 boys and 53 girls, taught in mixed classes for the majority
of their subjects, although the building had separate entrances
for boys and girls.
The school soon became known as The County School and remained
so until the early sixties when the Grammar School name became more widely used.
The pupils from the lower end of the Cynon Valley left in 1907 when Mountain Ash
County School opened initially at Gwernifor, Miskin, moving to Dyffryn House much
later in 1926. Then in 1913, the girls together with the women staff left for their
own school in Plasdraw.
There was little significant change at the County School in terms
of the nature of staffing and curriculum over the years until the Trecynon buildings
were vacated in 1964 and the school relocated to the bottom of Cwmdare Hill.
In 1978 the Boys’ Grammar School closed and there was a
fairly smooth transition to comprehensive status, when the Aberdare Boys Comprehensive
School opened. Many of the existing staff were reappointed to the new school which
was housed in the ex-grammar school buildings on Cwmdare Road, as the upper school.
The buildings of Rhydywaun Secondary Modern School in Penywaun, which had also changed
status, housed the lower school. The lower school at Rhydywaun was eventually brought
to a new building at Cwmdare Road after two serious fires at Rhydywaun caused almost
complete loss of its buildings.
From September 1st, 2009 Aberdare Boys Comprehensive School,
was renamed Aberdare
High School (opens in new window). The school adopted a new badge, which shows
a similarity to the original grammar school design with ‘dragon and book’.
The picture, above right, shows the school as it was in 1978, but additionally there
is now a large sports hall on the site, behind the two-story block on the right.
The new hall is both a school and a community facility. The decision has been made
by RTCBC to close the Boys’ High School, the Girls Comprehensive (at Plasdraw
and The Gadlys) and Blaengwawr Comprehensive School. It is intended that the pupils
of all three schools will be housed in a new school to be built at The Ynys, near
the centre of Aberdare, and which is planned to open in September 2014. Aberdare
would then have three secondary schools instead of the current five.
For further details of the reorganisation scheme, click here.
Aberdare High School, The Lower School, Summer 2013.
Aberdare High School, The Upper School, Summer 2013.
Trecynon School Clock
The asking price of ‘The Old Clock Tower’ is £275,000.
The tower and adjacent room have been converted into a new home that featured in
both the South Wales Echo and the Cynon Valley Leader in July 2009. The Echo article
was particularly impressive with a three-page spread, including a full-page photo
of the building on the front page of the homeWALES supplement. The current owner
is Ray Radnedge of Radnedge Architectural Antiques in Llanelli. In the article he
says he initially purchased the clock only. But he then heard that the tower was
to be demolished by the developer, so he bought that too. The inside pages show
several views of both the exterior and of the internal fittings. Details of the
property can be seen on the estate agent’s website by clicking here.
A gallery of photographs showing the reinstatement of the clock
can be found in the School Building section of this website. The weather vane now
completes the architectural fittings at the top of the dome, and the clock faces
are now illuminated at night. The clock, which had been removed for restoration
and repair, consists of a two-and-a-half tonne structure made of solid oak with
cast iron facings, copper roof, and a 10 ft pendulum.
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Aberdare is one of the areas in the UK where the online satellite maps from
Google Maps are of a high resolution.
Go to Google
Maps to look down on the old school site and to explore the rest of the town.