The Leadership Team
Mrs Kirsty Retallick (Headteacher)
Kirsty became founding Headteacher of Ysgol Nantgwyn in January 2017 and spent 18 months developing and forming the school which opened in September 2018. Prior to this, she was Acting Headteacher of Tonypandy Community College and is a Business and ICT teacher having previously worked in schools and colleges in Newport and Bridgend. Kirsty lives in a village called Llangattock with her retired husband and two children, Seth and Emily. Kirsty enjoys renovating old buildings and furniture, pending time with her family and holidays.
Ms Laura Morris (Deputy Headteacher)
Further information to follow shortly.
Mr Nathan Prygodzicz (Deputy Headteacher)
Nathan joined Ysgol Nantgwyn in January 2019. He had previously been seconded to Aberdare Community School as Acting Headteacher. Prior to this, Nathan had spent the best part of 22 years at Tonypandy Community College undertaking a number of roles from PE Teacher to Acting Headteacher. Nathan was born and brought up in the Rhondda but now lives in Llantrisant with his wife, daughter and son. Nathan was a very keen sportsman but is now a very keen spectator of his son and daughter.
Mrs Catherine Waithaka (Assistant Headteacher and Head of Lower School)
Catherine was appointed as Assistant Headteacher of the Lower School after a brief spell in Tonypandy Community College, via Cymmer Primary School after returning in August 2016, from a 12 year period working in an all through British International School in Nairobi Kenya. A mam of two, Catherine loves to keep active, enjoys the beach and new experiences. Teaching is an opportunity to make a lasting difference and she feels privileged to do so in the area that she grew up in.
Mrs Danielle Lewis (Assistant Headteacher and Head of Middle School)
Danielle was appointed as Head of Middle School after working in Tonypandy Community College for 12 years. When not in work you will find Danielle spending time with her family, often seen running after her two young, active children; Carter and Ayla. Danielle is dedicated to all the pupils at Ysgol Nantgwyn and is passionate about helping pupils transform their lives and shape their future.
Mrs Ryan Evans (Assistant Headteacher and Head of Upper School)
Ryan joined Tonypandy Community College in 2009 as an ICT teacher. Ryan later became Head of ICT and subsequently the Head of Enterprise and Technology. He became Assistant Headteacher in 2016 and secured the position of Head of Upper School at Ysgol Nantgwyn. Ryan studied Computer Science at Swansea University before completing his Masters in Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2014. Ryan has a 3 year old daughter and lives in Talbot Green. When not in work or at home, Ryan can often be found out running!
Mrs Helen Higgs (Assistant Headteacher and ALENCo)
Helen joined the school as Assistant Headteacher in September 2018. She previously worked as Assistant Headteacher leading on Teaching & Learning, Skills, Transition & Assessment at Tonyrefail School. Helen lives in Church Village and has two sons of secondary school age. When not at home or at work, she can be found on the sidelines at Cardiff City football academy or supporting her sons with their many other sporting pursuits. She is an avid reader who also enjoys competing in middle distance running.
Miss Vicky Evans (Associate Assistant Headteacher and Head of English)
Victoria joined Tonypandy Community College as Head of English in 2016. Prior to this she was the lead for Teaching and Learning in Pontypridd and a Head of Year in Bridgend.
Following her appointment as Head of English, Literacy and Communication faculty at Ysgol Nantgwyn, she secured a secondment to the Leadership Team as an Associate Assistant Headteacher for the academic year 2018-2019. This year, she takes a shared lead on Teaching and Learning and has responsibility for more able and talented pupils.
In her spare time, Victoria enjoys regular exercise, spending time with family, taking long weekend walks and planning visits to new places.
Mrs Louise Williams (Associate Assistant Headteacher and Head of Languages and Expressive Arts)
Louise joined Tonypandy Community College as Head of Welsh in 2013 having previously worked in a school in Aberdare. In 2015 she took over as Head of the Languages Faculty. Following her appointment as Head of the Languages faculty at Ysgol Nantgwyn, she secured a secondment to the Leadership Team as an Associate Assistant Headteacher for the academic year 2018-2019. She was also fortunate to take ownership of the Expressive Arts faculty; forming the new and exciting faculty of Languages and Culture. This year, she takes a shared lead on Teaching and Learning.
Louise hails from the local area; residing in Treorchy with her family - her husband and son. When not at home or in work, she can be found walking her dog and making the most of the mountains around her home. Her hobbies are walking, reading and yoga.
Miss Abby Daley (Associate Assistant Headteacher and Head of STEM)
Abby joined Tonypandy Community College as Leader of Learning for Science in 2015. She previously worked in schools across Carmarthenshire and the South Wales valleys. Abby studied Chemistry with Environmental Chemistry at Birmingham University before qualifying to teach Science. She also gained her Masters in Education at the University of Wales in Cardiff. Abby lives in Bridgend and has three children, one at University in Aberystwyth, one within sixth form and one of primary school age. When not at work, she enjoys running and spending time in the outdoors.
Miss Emma Beasley (Business Manager)
Having worked in education for 14 years, Emma has worked her way from Receptionist to Office Manager, Finance Manager and now Business Manager at Ysgol Nantgwyn. Emma is committed to providing professional leadership and management of the business aspects of school life so that the leadership team and wider school staff have more time to focus on the school's main priority - providing excellent education and guidance for our young people. Outside of school, Emma enjoys running to keep fit as well as de-stress and is a mum to a very active 2 year old daughter. As a family, they enjoy spending time outdoors but mostly at the beach!
The Governing Body
Mr Eddie Griffiths (Chair of Governors)
Eddie was the first Teacher Governor of Tonypandy Grammar School 1973-1985 when having been Head of Physics he became Deputy Headteacher of Tonypandy Comprehensive School until his retirement in 1999. He then became Chair of Governors in 2000 of the school that became Tonypandy Community College, and continued in that role until 2018. Eddie then became Chair of Governors of Ysgol Nantgwyn.
Eddie has had 4 children and 2 grandchildren study at either Tonypandy Comprehensive School or Tonypandy Community College. Besides his interest in the education of children, Eddie enjoys gardening, DIY and christian activities.
Mrs Kimberley Davies (Vice Chair of Governors)
Kim was born in Penygraig and qualified as a nurse in 1979. She has been a Governor for 30 years, previously at Ysgol yr Eos and Tonypandy Community College and has one daughter who is a former pupil of Tonypandy Community College. Kim has been a Justice of the Peace for the last 23 years and has a passion for working within the Community, raising funds and awareness for many issues.
CBC John Cullwick
Ms Abby Daley (Staff Governor)
CBC Joshua Davies
Mr Dominic Evans
Mrs Sandra Evans
Mr Tony Gallagher
Tony is a former pupil of Tonypandy Community College, leaving in 1993 to join the Army as an Apprentice. Returning home after 24 years with his wife and children Myan and Evan who both currently attend Ysgol Nantgwyn. In his spare time ,Tony coaches junior rugby something he finds both enjoyable and rewarding.
CBC Gareth Hughes
Mrs Sheila Jones
Mr Keith Lewis
Mrs Sarah Phelps
Mrs Pamela Pritchard
Miss Allyson Pugh
Mrs Natasha Rees
Mrs Teresa Ridley-Morgan
Mrs Katherine Williams