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  • Howell's School, Llandaff,
    Cardiff Road
    CF5 2YD
  • Head: Mrs Sally Davis
  • T 029 2056 2019
  • F 029 2057 8879
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for girls aged from 3 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Cardiff
  • Pupils: 745; sixth formers: 156 (19 boys; 137 girls)
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: £9,215 - £15,525 pa
  • Open days: Check website for open events
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

The academic standards are beyond reproach but ‘it’s also good at manners, music and making sure no-one is mean’. The atmosphere is one of fun and great affection for the school from its pupils past and present, but certainly not at the expense of hard work and scholarly ambition. Much of this appears to be fuelled by cake: nowhere have we been offered so much so regularly, on top of a tasty lunch where choices were…

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What the school says...

A magnificent Victorian gothic building right on the edge of the great, green expanse of Llandaff Fields, Howell’s School, Llandaff GDST has a tremendous sense of roominess for a city school, with a swimming pool, tennis courts, all-weather sports pitch and sports pavilion all on the five acre site.

Howell’s School puts a great value on a rich and varied life outside of the classroom, and the list of extra-curricular activities that students take part in is seemingly endless, as well as endlessly diverse, running from Photography to Philosophy, Rock Band to Raving Yoga.

The extensive Enrichment Programmes, together with impressive Wellbeing and Laureate Programmes, make Howell’s a special place to learn and develop in an exciting, creative and thriving environment. The school’s strong Leadership Team; talented and dedicated teaching and support staff; wonderful young people and committed and interested parents are what make Howell’s unique.

The Nursery at Howell’s is situated in Roald Dahl’s childhood home, Cumberland Lodge, and takes inspiration from its famous former occupant. Girls who enter the nursery experience a safe, family atmosphere, making the transition from home to nursery a relaxed and happy one.

The Prep School radiates an atmosphere in which every child is valued and nurtured. Great emphasis is placed on developing the self-identity, self-esteem and self-confidence of every girl.

When entering the Senior School, girls are encouraged to develop skills of self-analysis and reflection, and choose the learning methods that suit them best, whilst teachers challenge and motivate them towards an appetite for lifelong learning. Howell’s aims to help students acquire skills essential to tackling a competitive and rapidly changing world.

The established Co-Ed College has a proven track record for excellence in and out of the classroom, and offers students an exceptional learning experience with flexible teaching styles designed to manage the transition between school and university.

The school’s founder, Thomas Howell, wanted to create greater opportunities for young women, and Howell’s School has been changing lives since it opened its doors in 1860. His generosity gave many young women access to an education that would elevate and inspire them, and in 2020 Howell’s still creates opportunities for girls and boys from all backgrounds.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2007, Sally Davis BSc PGCE NPQH (50s). Born and schooled in Wales, she left to read geology at Bedford College and spent several years teaching in London; her last post was director of studies at Harris City Technology College, before a wish to return to Wales and the post of deputy head at Howells coincided in 1992, a point at which she was the second youngest member of staff. Totally steeped in state education as both pupil and teacher, she had never considered working in an independent school, ‘but this place changes lives, and I wanted to be a part of that’. She is held in great affection and respect by everyone we spoke to. She cites cementing the community between the teaching/support staff and senior and junior schools as her greatest achievement...

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Special Education Needs

Our aim at Howell's School, Llandaff is to support the educational development of all girls within the capabilities of our resources and expertise, so they can achieve their full potential.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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