The school is a thriving, successful mixed bilingual comprehensive school that is maintained by Carmarthenshire local authority. There are approximately 1,450 pupils on roll based on a large campus. There is a sixth form of some 270 pupils.
The school is located in the small town of Ammanford at the foot of the Black Mountain. Around half of pupils come from the town itself, and the other half from the surrounding rural area and nearby villages. Pupils attending the school come from a large catchment area which is a mixture of the rural and industrial. The school reflects and enhances the bilingual nature of the area.
Almost a third of pupils come from Welsh-speaking homes. Around 47% of pupils speak Welsh fluently and a little over half study Welsh as their first language.
The proportion of pupils who are eligible for free school meals is 18.9%, which is slightly higher than the average across Wales of 16.4%. Nearly 6% of pupils have a statement of special educational needs, compared with 2.2% across Wales. Nearly 30% of pupils have special educational needs. This figure is higher than the national average of 22.9%. The school has a specialist teaching facility for 29 pupils with profound and complex learning needs.
The headteacher and one deputy headteacher were appointed in September 2017. The senior leadership team includes the headteacher, two deputy headteachers, three assistant headteachers, two senior teachers and the special educational needs co-ordinator.
The school has excellent sports facilities, including a Sports hall, a Swimming pool, a new Astroturf for Hockey and Football, together with new Tennis courts. There is also a fine tradition of sporting achievements and other extra-curricular activities in the school. Many pupils represent their county and country in a number of fields.
As a school we take all matters regarding Safeguarding seriously. All Safeguarding concerns should be reported to the Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Cathrin Griffiths or our Deputy Safeguarding Officer, Mr Chris Davies. If Mrs Griffiths or Mr Davies are unavailable please see the Headteacher Mrs Nerys Nicholas or Deputy Headteacher Mr James Durbridge .
Our Safeguarding link Governors are Mrs Jane Potter & Mrs Sian O’Neil Wellbeing Governor Mrs Petra Howells.