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Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf
Motto 'Coron Gwlad Ei Mamiaith'
(A Country's Crown is Her Mother Tongue)
Established 1978
Type State school
Head Teacher Mr. Alun Davies
Location Bridge Road
CF14 2JL
DfE URN 401885 Tables
Students 1,323 (2012)[1]
Gender Both
Ages 11–18
Houses 4
Colours Light and dark blue

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf is a Welsh-medium coeducational secondary school in Llandaff North, a district in the north of Cardiff, Wales and is the largest of its kind in the country. The name 'Glantaf' means 'The bank of the river Taf' in Welsh. Of the three Welsh-medium secondary schools serving Cardiff, it was the first to be established (the others being Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr and Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Edern). Although all students speak Welsh and normally have received Welsh-language primary education, 68% (as of 2005) come from homes where Welsh is not the first language.[2]


  • History 1
  • Welsh-medium education 2
  • Ethos 3
  • Houses 4
  • Results 5
  • Notable former pupils 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf was founded in 1978, initially sharing premises with the English-language Glantaf High School, before expanding to occupy the entire building. Its first Headmaster was Mr. J E Malcolm Thomas, who was succeeded upon his retirement in 1995 by Mr. Huw S Thomas, and then by Headmistress Mrs. Rhiannon Lloyd from Rhydywaun School. In early 2010, the Board of Governors announced that from September 2010 the former Head of Rhydywaun School would take over from Mrs Rhiannon Lloyd. From September 2010 Mr Alun Davies has taken over as Headmaster.[3]

Pupil numbers at the school increased into four figures during the mid-1980s, necessitating the annexing of the buildings of the old Waterhall School in Fairwater to form the Ysgol Isaf (Lower School), which housed the First and Second forms (later Years 7 and 8) of the school from 1986. This split-site arrangement continued until the opening of Cardiff's second Welsh-medium Comprehensive School, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr, in 1998, from which point the Llandaff North site again housed the entirety of Glantaf's pupils.

Welsh-medium education

Education in Wales differs in certain respects from the systems used elsewhere in the United Kingdom. Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf is a Welsh-medium school, which means that all lessons except English Language and Literature should take place in the Welsh language. The social use of Welsh is also highly encouraged, in order to ensure the pupils' fluency in the language. Ysgol Glantaf presents VIth form students for the Welsh Baccalaureate examination.


The school's motto is Coron Gwlad Ei Mamiaith, which translates to 'A Country's Crown is Her Mother Tongue'. The school colours are light and dark blue.


The school's four houses are named after Welsh saints: Dewi (house colour: yellow), Dyfrig (green), Illtud (red) and Teilo (blue). The four houses annually compete in the "Gŵyl Glantaf" (Glantaf Festival), in which there is a day of sports and a day of singing, playing instruments, reciting and numerous other events in the theme of the Eisteddfod.


In 2008, 76% of pupils at GCSE (or equivalent) (ages 15 to 16) year achieved 5 or more A* - C grades at GCSE,[4] and 76% of pupils at A/AS level (or equivalent) (ages 17 to 18) achieved two or more A - C grades.[4]

Notable former pupils

Arts & Media

David Bodilly International rugby union referee

  • Eluned Morgan, Member of the European Parliament


  1. ^ 'Your Local School'. Retrieved 26 July 2013
  2. ^ 2005 inspection
  3. ^ Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf web site
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ a b c d "Stars are on opposite sides of the fence".  

External links

  • Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf web site (Welsh)
  • 2005 inspection report (.pdf)

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