Schools in the valley

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

Cwmafan Primary and Secondary Schools

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

Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg

The school, located in the small community of Oakwood, was an Alma Mater for actor Richard Burton who grew up in Oakwood. Known locally as “the Welsh school”, it was an all-Welsh school, and later became the English-only Pontrhydyfen Primary School. Regrettably, the school closed at the end of August 2015.

The Welsh school at Oakwood

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 (Glanafan Grammar aka County School and Dyffryn), while the remaining 90% of students attended secondary school.

Grammar schools in Wales became comprehensive schools by the late 1970’s..

Grammar Schools

Dyffryn Grammar School

Located in Margam, adjacent to Afan College.

Port Talbot College of Technology

Subsequently called Afan College, and now part of Neath Port Talbot College.