A WREXHAM school is celebrating 50 years since it first opened its doors, having grown significantly in the past five decades.
Ysgol Morgan Llwyd was the first Welsh language school to open in September 1963 at Victoria School, before moving to the temporary old army barracks buildings at Stockwell Grove in September 1964.
At that time it held just 36 pupils.
A purpose built school opened on the Stockwell Grove site in 1975.
As the school’s student population and interest in education through the medium of Welsh grew, a larger school was needed.
After 30 years at the old site, Ysgol Morgan Llwyd moved to its new buildings on the old Cartrefle site.
That premises was opened by the then Welsh First Minister Rhodri Morgan in March 2011.
There are nearly 800 pupils at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd now, which leaders said is testament to the strength of Welsh medium education in the county.
Headteacher Carwyn Davies said: “It is a historic milestone for the school to be celebrating 50 years since its opening. Over those years the school has developed and grown considerably and we are proud of the standards and successes our pupils have achieved and are continuing to achieve both academically and in extracurricular activities.
“The support of parents and the community, as well as hard working and talented staff, has meant that the vision of successful Welsh medium secondary education has been realised.
“The importance of being fully bilingual is vital in today’s Wales and we look forward to the school and its community playing its role in further developing Welsh medium education over the next 50 years.”
Pupils in the school have rich history of taking part in Eisteddfod and laying on concerts concerts and large crowds are drawn when they perform their own musicals.
The choir is currently looking forward to performing with Bryn Terfel in Sweeney Todd at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.
The choir also performed a special concert at St Giles’ Church recently in celebration of the half-century milestone.
A special celebratory concert is also being held on June 25 at William Aston Hall, where Ysgol Morgan Llwyd’s feeder primary schools will also be taking part in the celebrations.