Schools

Over time we hope to add information on the history of schools in the area.  Click on the links below (if there is one) to take you to more details of school’s history:


Adamsdown School

Adamsdown Board School on Adamsdown Square (CF24 0HS) was the first of the board school to be opened in the area on July 31st 1897. It was later enlarged in April 1897 and by 1901 it could accommodate 888 pupils. It was eventually closed in 1985 and demolished around 1988.  The school fronted onto Adamsdown Gardens, built in 1877, on the Adamsdown Estate which was owned by the Marquess of Bute.  Adamsdown Gardens was one of the many gardens and squares given to the Cardiff Corporation by the Marquess of Bute.  The land is now occupied by Windsor Mews flats.

Adamsdown Board School

Adamsdown Board School in 1903.  The part closest would have been the boys classrooms.

Adamsdown school map1900

Adamsdown School on the NW side of Adamsdown Gardens


Albany Road Primary School

Albany Road Board School, now known as Albany Road Primary School (CF24 3RQ) was opened in November 1887.  It was constructed on land owned by the Mackintosh Estate and cost £9,579 to build. Almost 300 pupils attended the school when it was first opened but by 1898 the school had been expanded and could accommodate 1643 pupils.  When the school first opened it was noted that that the number of pupils not knowing their letters was high but by the end of the first year the school was being congratulated on its work and discipline which were described as excellent. The school was commandeered for use as a military hospital during WWI.  The school is still very much open and now called Albany Primary

Albany Road school

Albany Road School pictured around 1910


Bro Edern, previously St Teilo’s CoE High School

Bro Edern Secondary School, Llanedeyrn Road, Cardiff (CF23 9DT) is a Welsh-language secondary school.  It was founded in 2012 and for the first academic year shared a site with Glantaf school before moving to this site, the former St Teilo’s Church of England High School.  The school is named after the  6th-century prince and Celtic saint who is also remembered in the name Llanedeyrn.   The school buildings date back to 1966 when St Teilo’s Church of England school began. St Teilo’s moved to a new building located on the former playing fields of Llanedeyrn High School on Circle Way West in 2013 after the later school closed.

Bro Edern, St Teilo's Llanederyn Road, Cardiff

Top: St Teilo’s High School, Middle: 2014: Bro Edern being prepared. Bottom: aerial view of buildings, Bro Edern 2019


Cardiff High School for Girls

Cardiff High School for Girls in The Parade, Tradegaville, Cardiff (CF24 3AX), was originally called Cardiff Intermediate School for Girls and opened in 1893 in a large ground-floor room at No.28 The Parade.  The school moved to the purpose-built premises at 24-28 The Parade in 1900.  The first headmistress at the school was Mary Collin, an English teacher and campaigner for woman’s suffrage during the early part of the 20th century.  The school remained in The Parade until 1970 when it moved to Ty Celyn in Cyncoed.  The buildings in the Parade have since been occupied by Cardiff and the Vale College and formerly Coleg Glan Hafren.

Cardiff High school for Girls - an early picture

An early picture of Cardiff High School for girls before it was expanded, probably taken in the days when it was still called Cardiff Intermediate School for Girls.


Howardian Comprehensive School

Howardian Comprehensive School was formed in 1970 as a result of merging Howardian High School for Boys and Lady Margaret High School for Girls  which had been on the Colchester Avenue site since 1948 and 1953 respectively  (both the girls and the boys schools had previously been situated in Howard Gardens, Adamsdown, and called Howard Gardens High School, the origin of which goes back to 1885).

When Howardian Comprehensive School was formed, a 6th Form Centre was constructed between the two existing school buildings and formed partly out of the boy’s old sports pavilion.  Howardian High School was closed in July 1990 despite widespread protests. The lower school building, the old Lady Margaret High School, was demolished shortly afterwards. The upper school building was used as an adult education centre before being used to house Howardian Primary School whilst their brand new building was constructed which opened in 2018. The old 6th Form Centre was used as a Youth Activities Centre for DoE courses and alike.  Past pupils of the school include Michael Moritz, the venture capitalist.

Howardian High School

Photos: former Howardian Comprehensive School upper school building (2018), the old school hall, aerial view 1989 (Photo: Ken Newman), old upper school gymnasium.

 


Howardian Primary School

Howardian Primary School, Hammond Way (CF23 9NB) came into existence in 2015 and for the first three years occupied the old Howardian High School before moving into a brand new building built on the old playing fields of the old secondary school in September 2018.  The school is proud of the Howardian name and so it adopted the badge of the old High School as its’ crest.  It should also be congratulated for finding room to display some of the historical artifacts from the old school.

Howardian Primary School, Penylan, Cardiff

 


Lady Margaret High School for Girls

Lady Margaret High School started life as Howard Gardens school in the Adamsdown area.  When Howard Gardens split into a girls and boys school in the 1930s the girls school was named Lady Margaret High School after Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII and grandmother of Henry VIII.  With the Adamsdown site becoming overcrowded a decision was made to construct a new school for the girls on Colchester Avenue in Penylan.   Construction began prior to WWII and the walls reported to be 6 foot high in the late 1930s.  Building of the new school was however interrupted by WWII and the overcrowding at Howard Gardens exacerbated by the fact it got severely damaged in an air raid. The new Lady Margaret High School was eventually opened in 1948.  The school later went on to merge with neighboring Howardian High School for Boys in 1970 to form and the overall school called  Howardian High School a comprehensive school.  The Lady Margaret building housed the younger aged pupils in the newly formed school.  Howardian High School closed in 1990 and the old Lady Margaret building demolished and replaced with new housing in the including Foster Drive (CF23 9BD), the road probably closest to where the old school stood.  Past pupils include Betty Campbell MBE (1934–2017)  who was a community activist and Wales’ first black head teacher.

Lady Margaret High School, Penylan, Cardiff

Lady Margaret Photos: 1989 aerial view (K Newman), School hall (M Doe), final stages of demolition 1991 (P.Beauchamp), Lady Margaret Beaufort (Wikipedia), Lady Margaret High school


Lady Mary High School / Corpus Christi

Lady Mary school stood between Cyncoed Road and Birchwood Lane.  New housing has now been built on the land such as Ffordd Cwellyn (CF23 5NB).  Lady Mary High School was founded as two Catholic Secondary Modern schools. The Boys school opened in 1957 and the Girls in 1958.  At the time each school catered for some 360 pupils.  The school’s name originally came from Lady Mary, daughter of the Marquis of Bute, owner of the surrounding estate.  The boys and girls school merged in 1968 when the number attending the school was 1380.  A sixth form was added to the school in 1974.  The school was renamed Corpus Christi High School in 1987.  The school closed in 1995 and the buildings later demolished and Corpus Christi High School moved to it’s new location in Lisvane.

Lady Mary School Cardiff

 


Marlborough Primary School

Marlborough Primary School (CF23 5BU) is on the corner of Blenheim Road and Marlborough Road.  The original Marlborough Road Board School opened in 1900, but damaged by bombing in WWII and demolished. More information on the history of Marlborough Road school can be sound by clicking on the link above.

CBS23 Marlbourough Road board school

The original Marlborough Road Board School, damaged by bombing in WWII and subsequently demolished and replaced with the current single story building.  The part of the school to the left in the photo survived and forms part Marlborough Primary School.


Roath Village School

The small Roath Village School dates from sometime before 1840.  It stood on Albany Road, on the corner of Roath Court Road (CF24 3SB).  The school opened some time prior to 1840.  The school eventually closed sometime around 1900.  By this time the Marlborough Road Board school would have been open.  In the 1901 Census it is described as the ‘Old School’.

Roath Village School

Roath Village School, Albany Road dating from around 1890.

Roath Village School inside

Inside Roath Village School around 1899. Alternative caption: You just can’t get the kids off their tablets these days.


Roath Park Primary School

Roath Park Board School, now called Roath Park Primary School on Pen-y-Wain Road (CF24 4BB) was built in 1894 and officially opened on 9th January 1895 by Mr. Lewis Williams JP, Chairman of Cardiff School Board.  Mr Williams opened the school with a gold key designed by Mr Spiridion, jeweller of Duke Street, Cardiff. The school was built on a plot of land purchased from the Bute family for £2500.  Architecturally the buildings are typically Victorian.  The architect of the school was Mr E.W.M. Corbett and his plans were based on previous board schools already built, notably Moorland Road, Radnor Road and Saltmead School.  The builder of the school was Mr. Harry Gibbons, contractor and merchant of the Steam Joinery Works, 185 Richmond Road. It was originally designed to accommodate 1256 pupils and cost £16,000 to build. The Roath Park Primary website contains information and pictures of the school’s history.

Roath Park Primary School 1903

Roath Park School in 1909

The school originally existed as 3 schools with three Headteachers. The two storey building comprised a boys school on the top floor and a girls school on the ground floor. The infants were housed in a single storey building.  The buildings , with their lovely redbrick and terracotta façade, have remained largely unaltered. In 1950 it became a separate Junior Mixed and Infant School with two Headteachers. The flat roofed hall was added in the mid 1970’s.  On 1st January 1982 it became a County Primary School, with a Nursery Unit added in 1988 and Physically Handicapped Unit in 1989.  Details of the school today can be found on the Roath Park Primary website.


 


St David’s Catholic Sixth Form College, previously Heathfield House High School for Girls

St David’s College on Ty-Gwyn Road (CF23 5QD) has an interesting history.  Prior to being a school, this was the site of the Convent of the Good Shepherd and a home for penitent and destitute women.  The convent was demolished in the 1960s.

A school was built on the site in the 1970s and was originally home of Heathfield House School for Girls which moved up from its previous site in Richmond Road.  In 1987 Heathfield House merged with St Illtyd’s School for Boys and moved to another site.  The school on the Ty Gwyn Road site then became St David’s College in 1987.

Map of St David's College Site, Ty Gwyn Road, Cardiff

Left: 1958 map showing the convent on site, Right: a 1970s map showing Heathfield House High School on site (maps from old-maps.co.uk)

St David's College Ty Gwyn Road

St Davids Catholic Sixth Form College with the old logo on left and new logo on right.