We are always keen to learn more about our school’s history so do please get in touch if you have any sources which could add to our records.
There has been a school at Bassaleg since 1880. Bassaleg Controlled Voluntary School was then built in the last century to serve the workers of Lord Tredegar who worked on his estates. In January 1930 Bassaleg Secondary School was recognised as a Grant Aided Secondary School by Monmouthshire Education Committee. The School opened at Rhiwderin, accommodated in the Congregational Chapel schoolroom. By the end of April 1930 there were 85 young people on roll. Bassaleg Secondary School was formerly opened on its current site on September 4th, 1935, by Alderman T.J Jones.
The Second World War created its obvious challenges for the school and staff and in 1943, 5 teachers of the school and 250 past students were serving in the forces. By 1948 the school was known as Bassaleg Grammar School. Graig County Secondary Modern was then established on the same site as the Grammar School in 1958 to deliver a wide variety of subjects and provide greater vocational pathways for learners. Grammar schools were abolished in Wales in the 1970s to ensure equal opportunity for all learners and Bassaleg Comprehensive School came into existence at this time. Very soon our school will receive a £30 million site upgrade that will further increase our numbers to 2000 young people by 2023 - a considerable increase from 1880.
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We are incredibly proud of each and every Bassaleg pupil and we work very hard to ensure they leave us to go on to successful futures. Below are former pupils who have gone on to achieve great things in politics, public services, the arts and sport.
Chief Fire Officer of the West Sussex Fire
and Rescue Service.
Actor - Roger Roger,
The Office, Gavin & Stacey and EastEnders
Former Wales and British Lions rugby player
Paralympic swimming gold medalist
Bishop of Swansea
and Brecon in the
Church in Wales
Deputy Leader Green Party of England
Writer and journalist, author of The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
Conservative MP for
Monmouth and Welsh Office Minister.
of the Sunday Times
Times journalist and former Newport, Bath,
England and British Lions rugby player
Former Bath and
England rugby player
of Young Adult fiction including The Kissing
Booth adapted as a hit Netflix Series.
Ann Marie Smale
Dawn Foster (b.1987 d.2021)
Writer on politics and
social affairs for The Guardian noted for her coverage of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Ann Marie Smale.
Managing Director of
Powell Dobson Architects.