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Bishopston

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Bishopston is a hamlet and community situated on the Gower Peninsula, some west south west of the centre of Swansea in South Wales. Forming part of the Bishopston ward of the City and County of Swansea, it is one of the largest villages on Gower. Bishopston has its own rugby club, South Gower RFC, and its own primary and comprehensive schools. Local beaches include Brandy Cove, Caswell Bay and Pwll Du. The electoral ward consists of part or all of the following areas: Barland Common, Caswell, Clyne Common, Bishopston, Manselfield, Murton, Oldway, in the parliamentary constituency of Gower. It is bounded by the Bristol Channel to the south; and the wards of: Pennard to the west; Fairwood to the north; and Mayals, West Cross and Newton to the east.It is partly within the Gower Peninsula Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).The church, located at the head of Bishopston Valley, is dedicated to St Teilo who gives the village its Welsh name. Bishopston gives its name to the Bishopston Mudstone, a name used by geologists to refer to a rock formation with a widespread occurrence in south Wales.EducationThe Comprehensive School, Bishopston Comprehensive, achieved excellent results again this year (2011).42.7% of all GCSE grades were awarded at A* or A. In the 2008 GCSE exams, the school was the highest performing comprehensive school in Wales, with 16.85% A*, and 38.93% A* and A combined. (The times online)."The Thunderer" rated the school 8th best Comprehensive without a 6th form in England & Wales. In 2007 the school was rated amongst the top comprehensive schools in The UK (The Sunday Times league tables 2007) with one of the highest percentage of A*-C grades, and A*/A grades at GCSE - Joint 4th best Comprehensive without a 6th form in England & Wales. According to the latest inspection report by Estyn the school had a pass rate of 79% which put it in 7th place in Wales.
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