School Footbridge / Pont Droed Ysgol

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The footbridge spans the Colwyn River (Afon Colwyn) to link the A4085 Carnarvon Road with Beddgelert Primary School (Ysgol Beddgelert).


School Footbridge 2012
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The School from the Footbridge 2012
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Ysgol Beddgelert

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Beddgelert School, 2007. Photo © Eric Jones. Licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence.




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Mrs Esyllt Williams

Ffordd Caernarfon, Beddgelert, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 4UY

01766 890307

Ysgol Gynradd Beddgelert is a small rural school, which provides bilingual education to pupils in the village and the surrounding rural area. It comes under the care of Gwynedd local authority.

There are 26 pupils aged between 4 and 11 years on roll, and one nursery age child attends on a part-time basis. Pupils are divided into two mixed-age classes. About 15.3% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. About 7% come from Welsh-speaking homes. A very few pupils come from an ethnic minority background and a very few come from a background where English is an additional language.

In line with the local authority’s policy, Welsh is used as the medium of teaching in the Foundation Phase. In key stage 2, pupils are taught through the medium of Welsh and English, and the aim is to ensure that they are bilingual by the time they transfer to the secondary school.

The school has stated that it has about 12% of pupils who have additional learning needs. No pupils have a statement of special educational needs and there are no children in care.

The headteacher was appointed in June 2004. The school was last inspected in April 2011.

The individual school budget per pupil for Ysgol Gynradd Beddgelert in 2014-2015 is £7,096. The maximum per pupil in primary schools in Gwynedd is £10,744 and the minimum is £3,220. Ysgol Gynradd Beddgelert is in the 11th position of the 95 primary schools in Gwynedd in terms of the school budget per pupil.

The above was extracted from ‘Report on Ysgol Gynradd Beddgelert’ by Estyn, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales following inspection in June 2015. Crown Copyright.

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2012: Beddgelert school gets ready to celebrate 100th birthday


2012: Beddgelert school gets ready to celebrate 100th birthday

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PUPILS in Beddgelert will celebrate the school’s 100th birthday next week.

Children, teachers and pupils past and present will celebrate the impact Ysgol Beddgelert has had on the community over the past century.

There will be two days of celebrations at the school on Lon Caernarfon on Friday, May 25-26 to mark the event.

Pupils will dress up in past uniforms and learn about how school life was different a century ago. They will take part in role plays and will also perform a Welsh song accompanied by the harp for visitors. There will be commemorative slates and coasters handed out to pupils and a special poem written for the centenary will be read out.

On Saturday, people with links to the school will be invited to share memories and to view old photos. It’s also hoped current pupils will go up against adults in a commemorative football match.

Catrin Gwilym, headteacher, said the school’s 100th birthday was an important event to mark.

“It’s something that gets the community back together and in to the school. We’ve had people from the village who used to attend the school come in and the children have asked them questions. Some can remember funny stories when they were in school and how it’s different now.”

Megan Corcoran, a parent governor who is helping to organise the festivities, urged people to go along and celebrate the day. She said: “From a heritage point of view local history is important in the community to realise how education has come along in the last 100 years.”


Source: North Wales Daily Post, published 17 May 2012


1893: Nant Gwynant Treat

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On Friday afternoon, the inhabitants of this vale assembled at the Board School to enjoy a treat given them by Sir Edward and Lady Watkin, of the Chalet.

Sir Edward Watkin, M.P., and Lady Watkin attended, and there were also present Mrs Edgar Watkin, Mrs Wyatt and Misses Wyatt, of Bryn Gwynant: Rev Daniel Vaudrey, Plas Gwynant. and Rev J. C. Martin. The tables, which had been tastefully laid out, were presided over by Mrs Hill, Miss Miller, Miss Gibsons, Miss Walker, Miss Fenton, Mr Sutton, of the Chalet; Miss Davies, Castell; Miss Roberts, Bron Graig; Misses Jones, Post-office; Miss Williams, Glanaber; Miss Roberts, Bryntirion; Mrs E. Williams, and Mrs M. Griffiths.

At 3.30 p m., about 50 of the Sunday School children sat down to tea, and ample justice was done to the many good things laid before them. After tea, a short miscellaneous meeting was held. Some English and Welsh songs were sung by the children. Songs were also given by Mr Owen Williams and his party.

The Rev D. Vaudrey delivered a short address to the children. The Rev G. Owen proposed, and Mr W. Roberts, Bron Graig, seconded a vote of thanks to Sir Edward and Lady Watkin for their kindness in providing the excellent treat. All present expressed their thanks and good wishes by giving loud and hearty cheers.

Sir Edward, in responding, referred to his Welsh descent, and humorously claimed for himself the title of the heir of Wynnstay. He referred to the many positions of esteem and honour occupied by Welshmen and to their ability in quitting themselves like men in their different positions. He had always found Welshmen as workmen giving a fair day’s work for a fair day’s wages.

During the entertainment, Lady Watkin presented the eldest member of the Sunday School – an old woman of 81 years – with a fine shawl. On dismissal, each child was presented with a bag full of biscuits and a threepenny piece. After the tables had been arranged, the elder inhabitants sat down to tea, which was much enjoyed. A singing and competive meeting brought this memorable day to a close. The arrangements were under the control of the Rev G. Owen, and in his hands the wishes of the honourable baronet and his generous lady were ably carried out.


Source: Carnavon & Denbigh Herald, published 19 May 1893


1882: An attempt to commit suicide

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Mr John Williams, master of the Nant Gwynant School, Beddgelert, made an attempt to commit suicide on Friday afternoon in last week. He was discovered by a little boy in an out-house with his throat severely cut, and both wrists lacerated. A pocket-knife had been used for the purpose. He was conveyed to Beddgelert, and medical assistance was summoned. It is stated that there are good hopes of his recovery. The motive which prompted the rash attempt is not known.

Source: The North Wales Express, published 8 December 1882


1876: Beddgelert Wedding

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Considerable interest was manifested at Beddgelert on Friday, the 2nd inst., on the marriage of Mr Evan Jones, who has for twelve years been master of the national school, to Miss Ellen Griffith, of Gwynant-street, Beddgelert. The service was conducted by the Rev. R. E. Priestley, incumbent of the parish. The bridegroom’s best man was Mr R. E. Williams, Portmadoc; Miss Jane Jones acted as bridesmaid. After the service the company drove to the Snowdon Ranger Hotel, where an excellent luncheon was served. On leaving and returning to the village the party was loudly cheered by the school children, who were allowed a holiday in honour of the event, and in the evening received a liberal supply of nuts and oranges.

Source: North Wales Chronicle, published 10 June 1876