Bryntirion Comprehensive School opened as a purpose-built comprehensive in 1971. The school occupies an extensive site on the northern edge of Bridgend. From the town centre, the easiest route to the school is along the A473 towards Laleston, turning right at the top of Bryntirion Hill and then along Merlin Crescent. The school's catchment area comprises the village of Laleston and the western part of Bridgend. However, for several years the school has admitted pupils from well outside the designated area as parents have exercised their rights of choice of school. This has effectively meant that pupils of the Church in Wales Primary School at Penyfai are regularly part of the school's intake, together with pupils from the whole of the Bridgend County Borough.Bryntirion is a Group 6 school with a Sixth Form entry. Special facilities available at the school include science laboratories, a micro-technology room, and practical rooms for Technology, Art, Music, ICT and Keyboarding. There is a heated indoor swimming pool and a large sports hall. External facilities include extensive playing fields and an all-weather floodlit astroturf facility. The school currently has five fully-equipped rooms used for IT, both as a discrete subject and for the delivery of other curriculum areas. The school timetable operates on a two-week cycle with each week having 25 teaching sessions of one hour. Bryntirion has an extensive range of academic and vocational courses so that all pupils have equality of access to a broad, balanced curriculum. Extensive opportunities are afforded for a wide range of extra curricular activities - sporting, cultural and aesthetic. Many pupils have achieved honours in this shape of the school's life.