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Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr

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Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr

Coordinates: 51°29′53″N 3°14′53″W / 51.498°N 3.248°W / 51.498; -3.248

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr
Established 1998
Type State School
Head Master Mr. John Hayes
Deputy Head Mr. Edward Jones
Location Cardiff
Students 900+
Gender Both
Ages 11–18
Houses 6
Colours Maroon, Yellow and Black

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr is a Welsh secondary school in Cardiff. It opened in September 1998 in buildings that had formerly been used as Waterhall School and more recently as the Lower School site for Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf, and became Cardiff's second Welsh-medium comprehensive school. The current headteacher is John Hayes.

During its first nine years, the school has been acclaimed for its work in the fields of equality of opportunity and social inclusion, developing emotional intelligence and in the performing arts. The school also offers a wide range of sporting activities including all major team sports and rowing, canoeing and climbing. During the 2007/08 rugby season, Plasmawr 1st XV won South Wales League B for the first time in the history of the school


The school serves a mixed demographic , which includes Culverhouse Cross, Ely, Caerau, Grangetown, Butetown, Riverside, Canton, Pontcanna, Fairwater, Pentrebane, Llandaff, Radyr, Creigiau, Pentyrch, and Gwaelod-y-Garth.

Students have become regular winners at the National Urdd 'Eisteddfod' in a range of dramatic and musical competitions. The school is also an EU Comenius school and has active overseas partners in France, Brittany, the Netherlands, Lesotho & Japan. The school also offers the Welsh Bacculaureate qualification in addition to GCSE, BTEC and A Level courses.

79% of the pupils come from homes where Welsh is not spoken. 9% of the pupils belong to the wide range of ethnic minorities which make up the population of Cardiff.

Over the five-year period from 2001-2006, an average of about 70% of the population gained 5 or more higher level GCSEs. According to the latest inspection report by Estyn the school has a GCSE pass rate of 79% (based on 5 GCSEs, grades A-C). This puts the school in joint 7th place in Wales with Bishopston Comprehensive School in Swansea. It is also the third best performing secondary school in Cardiff behind Bishop of Llandaff Church in Wales High School and Cardiff High School. The A Level points score reached a high point of 24 points in 2006.

Upon the opening of Ysgol Bro Morgannwg in Barry, Ysgol Plasmawr'r catchment area of primary schools changed, pupils from Penarth, and Cowbridge are now diverted to Ysgol Bro Morgannwg. In addition, a reworking of the catchment areas between Plasmawr and Glantaf resulted in a higher intake of pupils from socially diverse backgrounds.

Teaching awards

Two of the school's teachers have been awarded Teaching Awards. Mrs Meinir Rees became the Wales SEN Teacher of the Year in 2005, and later that year became the UK SEN Teacher of the Year. The following year, Mr Geraint Rees became the Wales Secondary Headteacher of the Year and was runner up for the UK version of the Award.


  • 2003 inspection (pdf file)
  • 2009 inspection (pdf file)
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