Bridgend is a County Borough Council in South Wales, on the coast between Swansea and Cardiff. The authority covers 20 communities: Brackla, Bridgend, Cefn Cribwr, Coity Higher, Coychurch Higher, Coychurch Lower, Cornelly, Garw Valley, Laleston, Llangynwyd Lower, Llangynwyd Middle, Maesteg, Merthyr Mawr, Newcastle Higher, Ogmore Valley, Pencoed, Porthcawl, Pyle, St Bride's Minor and Ynysawdre. 

Bridgend is one of five local authorities in the Central South Consortium Joint Education Service.

The school population is the 7th largest in Wales, and the authority is responsible for a total of 59 schools.

There are 48 primary schools with an average size of 277 pupils, ranging from Tynyrheol Primary School, Llangeinor, with under 70 pupils, to Pencoed Primary School with nearly 600 pupils.

There are 9 secondary schools, all of which have sixth forms. The average size of a Bridgend secondary school is 1028 students. 

There are no through schools in Bridgend.

The authority has responsibility for two special schools—Heronsbridge and Ysgol Bryn Castell—both of which have post-16 provision.

There are four Welsh medium primary schools, and one Welsh medium secondary school in Bridgend.

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