School History

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The School, which in time would be known as Dynevor, opened first as The Higher Grade School for Boys, in Trinity Place in 1883.  “Opened the Higher Grade School last Monday with fifty-one boys in the Upper School Department and thirty eight in the Lower…..many of whom have never been in a public elementary school!”  Headmaster’s log…..10/09/1883

 A staff of four assisted headteacher Gomer Jones who quickly moved on to join the local schools inspectorate.  It would be his successor Samuel Roberts, who in spite of numerous challenges would establish the school, and in turn become the longest serving headteacher. 

Samuel Roberts Headteacher             1884-1910


The school, briefly renamed ‘Higher Elementary’ moved to a larger site in Dynevor Place in 1894 with accommodation for 500 pupils.  Formal recognition as a Municipal Secondary School followed in 1907 and while commercial subjects would have a significant if diminishing place in the curriculum the objective and driving ethic was becoming clear, to provide grammar school style, examination based, literary teaching, modelled on the former endowed schools. 


It fell to W.A. Beanland having succeeded as Headteacher in 1911, to organise a memorial in 1921 for the fifty-one former pupils lost on military service in the Great War.

Former pupils, teachers and families are remembered against a background of the newly established Swansea Municipal Secondary School for Boys, later Dynevor Grammar School, where many gained a place before the war.


W.A. Beanland Headteacher 1911-1929

Llewelyn John Headteacher 1929-1942
W.A. Beanland would oversee an increase in pupil admissions and an expansion of school premises in 1929 across Dynevor Place and De La Beche Street, the latter block to be home to the Municipal Secondary School for Girls.   Llewelyn John took the helm at Dynevor from 1929, with the school formally reclassified as Dynevor Secondary School for Boys in the following year. 

  Newly retired, W.A. Beanland with former pupils formed the ‘Old Dy’vorians Association’ in the same year.

As the academic reputation of the school was further consolidated, commercial subjects would be lost from the curriculum while the number of former pupils recruited to teaching staff would noticeably increase.

This tribute serves not only to remind us of the sacrifice made by so many, often very young Swansea servicemen, all with lives to lead and ambition to fulfil, but also of the valuable contribution made by uniformed school and pupil organisations towards the same goal.

Forty eight former pupils were lost on military service in WW2.  The three nights Blitz over Swansea in February 1941 resulted in significant damage to school buildings, with the top floors destroyed by incendiary bombing.  Civic response was speedy and positive in ensuring continuity of pupil education.  Along with evacuation to neighbouring counties, facilities were shared between Dynevor and the nearby Grammar School, also damaged.  De La Beche school girls (formerly Swansea Municipal School for Girls) also shared other sites and would not return to the pre war building arrangement.   





In 1942, W. Bryn Thomas succeeded Llewelyn John and with the coming of the Butler Education Act of 1944 the school was reclassified as Dynevor Secondary Grammar School.

From the left: Headteachers Glan Powell 1952-1957, Meredydd Hughes 1957-1965, Bryn Thomas 1942-1952

Glan Powell a teacher and former pupil of the school became Headteacher in 1952.  He would make the rebuilding of the makeshift facilities a priority.  The top floor of both blocks would be rebuilt to provide science laboratories and a library, with an Assembly Hall constructed on the corner of Dynevor Place.

Reconstruction was completed in the first years of the next Headteacher, Meredydd Glyn Hughes who took up the reins in 1957.

D. Bernard Norris, another former pupil, would succeed in 1965 and lead the school through the transition to a Senior Comprehensive in September 1971. Llwyn y Bryn Girls’ School was amalgamated in September 1978 so establishing a new Co-Educational Comprehensive School at Dynevor.

As the school centenary year approached, W. D. Hubert Davies became the ninth Headteacher.   Structural change would continue with the introduction of Tertiary Education in 1983 and the phasing out of sixth form teaching at Dynevor.

From the left: Headteachers Bernard Norris 1965-79 and Hubert Davies 1979-1986

In 1986, Allan Smith became the last Headteacher.  His fifteen year tenure saw, as a result of education policy, an inevitable decline in pupil numbers.  It became his task to supervise the transfer of Dynevor pupils in 2001 to the newly formed Dylan Thomas Community School at the site of the former Dillwyn Llewelyn School.  Dynevor pupils in Years 9 and 11 were able to complete their Key Stage studies at the Dynevor site 2001-2002 with Deputy Headteacher Graham Hanford in charge.

Allan Smith Headteacher, 1986-2001
         Allan Smith Headteacher 1986-2001

At the suggestion of the Dy’vorian’s Association, former pupils and staff were invited back for ‘a farewell’ gathering on Wednesday 24th July 2002, before finally, the doors were closed.   


But wait……The University of Wales, Trinity, St. David would breathe new life into the school premises soon after, developing its School of Art and Design…… educational tradition goes on and with great success.



The school enjoyed a varied and full sporting and extra curricula calendar.  Highlights shared by former pupils and staff can be found under ‘School Life’.