Schools in the valley

There were a number of excellent primary and secondary schools in the valley.

Cwmafan infants school. The junior and secondary schools are located behind, out of view in the photograph.

All students graduating from infants school went on to junior school. At age 11 all students in Wales sat a national scholarship exam, known as the 11-plus, administered by the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC); The top 10% by exam score went on to one of the two grammar schools in Aberafan, while the remaining 90% of students attended secondary school.