Ysgol Abersychan School

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About Us

Abersychan School is an over-subscribed, vibrant, mixed and fully inclusive school with over 920 pupils on roll. It serves the north of Torfaen including the communities of Blaenavon, Garndiffaith, Talywain, Abersychan, Pontnewynedd, Cwmffrwdoer, Trevethin, Penygarn and St Cadocs. The local diversity is exemplified by the fact that most areas qualify for Communuties First status, while the northern half of the Afon Llwyd encompasses a World Heritage Site.

The closure of Trevethin Community School in September 2007 has resulted in large numbers of pupils from its former catchment choosing Abersychan as their preferred school. The re-organisation of education in the north of the borough was supported by a considerable capital investment in Abersychan School which has improved the teaching and learning facilities, most notably in the form of several state-of-the-art classrooms, a sports and fitness laboratory, an ICT suite, an Art and Technology design area, a floodlit astro-turf and a new multi-purpose sports field. Improvements to the school estate continued in the form of a multi-media learning plaza (2009), a dance studio (2009), a hairdressing salon (2010) and an astronomy and environmental suite (2011).

The school has been recognised for its outstanding work in the field of Healthy Schools and Eco-Schools and in 2012 was awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag for the third time. Pupils at the school are encouraged to develop beyond the classroom and participation in Out-Of-School-Hours Learning is growing. This has been possible due to the dedication and commitment of the staff and additional support from our 5x60 officer. In recent years several pupils have represented Wales in a variety of sports, and teams from the school have won regional, national and U.K competitions in Magistrates Courts, Stock Market Challenge, Girls Rugby, Design and Construction and Dance.

Abersychan School has a strong caring ethos with a commitment to inclusion. The school supports a Special Needs Resources Base for pupils in Torfaen with MLD, and these pupils play a full and active role in the school. The school is also committed to the Community Focused Schools agenda and its profile within its wider community continues to flourish.

The school’s motto and Mission Statement “Learning to Live” (Dysgu i Fyw) is at the heart of the school’s vision, which can be found in the inside cover of the prospectus. Abersychan School received an excellent ESTYN inspection report in December 2009 and our continued commitment to excellence and improving standards of attainment remains. We are very proud of our achievements but at the same time we are fully committed to continued improvement and further success in all fields of education.