The awards, in their third year, recognise excellence in teaching and school support staff across South Wales. During his time at Pontyclun, Mr Davies, 60, has introduced a school council and the Eco Schools programme.
From Tumble in Carmarthenshire, Mr Davies intended to join the Army as a padre until he met one-time Wales rugby international Carwyn James, who taught at Llandovery College. "When I told him he said, 'no way boy'. I guess he spotted some potential as I had been helping younger pupils," he said.
Mr Davies became Pontyclun head in 1987. "We set up the school council seven years ago," said Mr Davies. "I am a great believer in giving children a voice."