MORE than 500 former pupils of a Barry secondary school have taken on last tour of the school.

A week of celebration events marked the end of an era for Bryn Hafren Comprehensive school before it officially closes on August 31.

On September 1, the all-girls school becomes co-educational and will be known as Pencoedtre High School.

Forty-five years of education were marked with an exhibition of photos and memorabilia, an art and design technology exhibition and a showcase of talent.

Two hundred guests were invited to a celebration evening at the school hall, on Thursday, July 5, which featured guest speakers and music performances.

Head teacher, Tyrone Davies said: “The tours have been popular. The stairs they were never allowed to walk on. We’ve had people taking selfies in front of them.”

In his welcome address to the celebration attendees, Mr Davies said: “Even the World Cup couldn’t compete with us.”

He said, as the last head teacher of Bryn Hafren, it was equally exhilarating and terrifying.

“My God, I’m in charge,” he said. “I’m responsible for everything that goes on on this site. That’s one feeling.

“The other is that it’s just a privilege and an honour.”

He calculated that there have been around 10,200 pupils, 600 teachers and 200 to 300 other staff who have passed through the school over the years.

“The former pupils have been delighted being here.They have had selfies, and reformed friendships.

“We are the Bryn Hafren family,” he said.

Mr Davies will be the first head teacher of Pencoedtre High School, from September 1, 2018.