About the school

Welcome to Penyrheol Comprehensive School

Penyrheol Comprehensive School was established in 1973. It is a mixed English-medium 11-16 Comprehensive School that serves the communities of Gorseinon, Loughor, Penyrheol, Kingsbridge and Garden Village.

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The school liaises closely with five partner primary schools to ensure smooth transition from one phase to the next. At sixteen the majority of pupils continue their education at Gower College with which the school has an excellent working relationship.

The school was last inspected in September 2013. The school was awarded ‘Good’ for its current performance and its capacity to improve. Inspectors commented:

The school’s performance at key stage 4 in those indicators that include English and mathematics has improved steadily over the last five years and is now much better than that for similar schools… Pupils make good progress in many lessons and gain new knowledge, understanding and subject skills effectively… Most pupils enjoy school and have positive attitudes to their work.

In classes and around the school, most pupils behave very well. They feel safe in school and feel that the school deals well with any incidences of bullying… Most pupils participate in a wide variety of community and extra-curricular activities that contribute to well-developed social and life skills, such as working with others and problem solving.

Pupils show respect, care and concern for the school and other pupils, and demonstrate the skills needed to progress to the next stage of learning.

Examination results are not the only measure of a successful school. The inspection team found that Penyrheol pupils:

‘behave responsibly and show respect for each other and their teachers. Their mutual respect is a distinctive feature of this school’

Pupils from Penyrheol do well both locally and nationally in areas as diverse as mountain biking and public speaking. They achieve individual and team honours in sporting activities; they can act, sing, dance and win competitions for their artistic talent. They also care for those less fortunate than themselves and regularly raise considerable sums of money for charity.

Photograph of pupils working on a Scinece experimentExamination results are not the only measure of a successful school; pupils from Penyrheol do well both locally and nationally in areas as diverse as mountain biking and public speaking. They achieve individual and team honours in sporting activities; they can act, sing, dance and win competitions for their artistic talent; they care for those less fortunate than themselves and regularly raise considerable sums of money for charity.

Penryheol is a genuine comprehensive school in that it has pupils of all abilities and backgrounds. It is very much a part of the community that it serves. The inspection report states:

‘there are strong relationships between the school, parents and the community’

There is a considerable amount of new housing being built in the locality, because the area is a pleasant one.

Pupils watching a presentation In September 2009 a new school building was opened at Penyrheol to replace the two-thirds of the school that was destroyed by fire in March 2006. The new building provides state-of-the-art facilities for all our specialist subjects and is an environment that promotes good teaching and learning.

Mission Statement

Penyrheol seeks to be a happy, caring community in which all who work are valued, supported and treated with respect and tolerance. In so seeking, we hope everyone will be motivated to achieve their full potential and strive for the highest standards of teaching, learning and behaviour.

Ceisia Penyrheol fod yn gymuned hapus, ofalgar, lle caiff pawb ag sy’n gweithio ynddi ei gwerthfawrogi a’u chefnogi a’i trin gyda pharch a goddefiad. Yn hyn o beth gobeithir y bydd pawb yn frwdfrydig i gyrraedd eu llawn potensial ac i ymdrechu i gyrraedd y safonau uchaf o ddysgu, hyffordi ac ymddygiad.