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Glan-y-Mor Comprehensive School

Ysgol Glan-y-Môr School is a mixed, community comprehensive school of around 650 pupils, catering for all abilities across an age range of 11 years to 16. It is a fine school with a deep sense of pride in the achievements of all its members and an emphasis on high standards of work, behaviour, attitude and appearance.

The school is situated at the heart of the town of Burry Port, though pupils are drawn from the coastal strip extending from Pwll, through Burry Port and Pembrey to Kidwelly, and inland to Mynydd-y-Garreg and Trimsaran.

Approximately 30% of the pupils live within walking distance of the campus but the majority are bused in from a catchment area consisting of small towns and villages









The main partner primary schools are:

The school also receives a number of pupils from schools outside the catchment area.

Outside praise

Glan-y-Môr has recently received praise from a number of sources:

  • Schools in and around Carmarthenshire have raised more than £8,000 to help children living in slums around the world. Local schools joined forces with almost 300 others around the country to participate in a special sporting event to raise much needed cash. The Schoolchildren for Children charity event held last September raised £8,134.05...Glan-y-Môr School's contribution was £1000
  • Glan-y-Môr takes part annually in the University of Wales, Lampeter's Expanding Horizons programme. This is designed to support and help young people aged 15 and 16 to achieve at least a grade C or above in the core curriculum subjects of Maths, English, Science and Welsh in their GCSEs. Glan-y-Môr supply around 20 students to take part in the revision sessions. The Revision Week is provided at no cost to the students (not even for study materials and books etc.) as the programme is supported by the West and Mid Wales Widening Access Partnership, European Union Social Fund and Scottish Power Learning.
  • A school has appointed a full-time 'agony aunt' to help pupils deal with problems such as bullying, relationships and stress. Glan-y-Mor Comprehensive in Burry Port is among the first in Wales to offer such a service and the move has won the backing of a leading children's charity...Cordula Bellan of Childline said: "Most schools really try hard to meet the emotional needs of pupils today. It's a good thing to have an independent person in a school to offer counselling...I think many schools will be interested in following this (Glan-y-Mor).

Prom Controversy

Ysgol Glan-y-Môr faced some controversy when the mother of a year 11 pupil that had been banned from going to the 2008 school Prom took her story to the local press. Her Mum claimed that despite being no angel, her daughter should be allowed to go to her school prom. There was a large amount of feedback given to South West Wales Media (Publisher of South Wales Evening Post & Llanelli Star) with backing being given to the school. Running the story in the media did not cause the Headteacher to back down. The pupil did not attend the Prom.

Sporting Success

During 2008 Ysgol Glan-y-Môr School has been punching above its weight in the sporting arena with many successes to celebrate. Kirby Myhill has been playing rugby for Wales at U16 level . Emily Downey came third in the Welsh Schools Championships Cross-Country event and then went on to represent Wales at the SIAB International Schools' Cross Country Championships. Nicky Morrell also had an excellent athletics campaign, coming 1st in the West Wales Cross Country Champions at under 17 level, fourth in the Welsh Schools Championships Cross-Country event and twenty first at the SIAB International Schools' Cross Country Championships.

Anti Bullying Initative Succsess

During 2007-2008 some Year 11 pupils set up an Anti Bullying Initative, within Glan-y-Mor to help combat Bullying with in the school. The scheme was backed by many staff and external professionals.The scheme involved daily sessions in which students went along and learned about what bullying is, what they could do to stop it. The scheme was for everyone and even the bullies themselves could go along and have a chat.The school council has recently received an award from Carmarthenshire's Local Health Board for planning and implementing the scheme. Stephen Sellers the schemes founder has appeared on This Morning, interviewed by John Barrowman and Fern Britton, and it so happens that John Barrowman had been bullied himself and understands what kids go throughh.He went on This Morning to talk to the nation about his experience with bullying and how he turned something bad into something good and how he turned his life around. With an average of 40-50 a day it can be said that Young people are making a difference and are changing and shaping attitudes regarding young people.

Glan-y-Mor has said that they will "build on the succsess of the schmeme and make it better year by year to help stop bullying". This Scheme is vital to stopping Bullying within Schools and to changing the attitudes of those who dont understand bullying.

All information to set up the scheme was obtained from Beat Bullying And many Thanks goes out to them.

Contact

Ysgol Glan-y-Môr School
Heol Elfed
Burry Port
Carmarthenshire
SA16 0AL

Tel: 01554 832507
Fax: 01554 836110
E-Mail: Ysgol@glanymor.carms.sch.uk

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