Caerleon Comprehensive School (Welsh: Ysgol Gyfun Caerllion) is a state-run school situated in Caerleon on the outskirts of Newport, South Wales.

Identity

There are approximately 1600-1700 pupils on roll at the school at any one time, including a sizable sixth form of around 300 pupils. All pupils are required to wear the school uniform comprising grey trousers or skirt, a black jumper,navy blue blazer and a sky blue shirt and a maroon tie with blue stripes. Sixth formers are distinguished by their white shirts and wholly maroon ties displaying the school crest of a Roman eagle above the emblem of a fortress, (a reference to Caerleon being the site of the Isca Augusta Roman fortress) underscored by the school's motto, 'Perseverance'. In the months after Easter, students are permitted to change their shirt and tie for school polo shirts at the headteacher's discretion.They are blue for years 7-11 and white for years 12 and 13. As of the end of the first part of the 2007 Autumn Term (October 2007), there are exactly 1,610 pupils enrolled, divided equally between both sexes, with 805 boys enrolled, and 805 girls enrolled. At the point of last count, the school is 185 pupils over capacity. As of September 2011 they will be changing their uniform to sky blue shirts, navy blazers and grey skirts or trousers with navy tights or black socks. Girls are no longer to be wearing ties, but are expected to wear a pin badge.

Location

The school's catchment area covers both Caerleon junior schools, Ponthir Primary, Langstone Primary, Usk Juniors and various other areas.

Academics

Secondary School performance tables reveal Caerleon Comprehensive's success record, with an average of 95% of pupils who took their GCSEs between 1998-2000 achieving five or more A to G grades, and 72% achieving five or more grades at A to C.

Notable former pupils
  • Nigel Vaughan, Wales international footballer
  • Nick Walne, Wales international rugby union player
  • Ashley Smith and Rhys Jenkins, Newport Gwent Dragons rugby union playes
  • Greg Pritchard, countertenor and contestant and semi-finalist in the 2009 series of Britain's Got Talent.
  • Steve Lowndes, Wales international footballer, former teacher
  • Rachel Rice, 2008 Big Brother contestant and eventual winner undertook teacher-training at the school, during the spring of 2008, prior to appearing on the show.
  • Darragh Mortell, actor

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