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  • St David's College
    Gloddaeth Hall
    LL30 1RD
  • Head: Mr Andrew Russell
  • T 01492 875974
  • F 01492 870383
  • E [email protected]
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  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 9 to 19.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Conwy
  • Pupils: 218: 150 boys, 68 girls; 81 full boarders; sixth formers: 67
  • Religion: Christian
  • Fees: Day £7,950 - £17,550; Boarding £18,600 - £33,000 pa
  • Open days: 26th January 2019
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

The reticence they have in not trumpeting their grade results is for no reason other than the firmly held conviction that grades are not the most important aspect of life at this school. Virtually every game you can think of is on offer, and other schools talk of the verve and energy with which St David’s teams perform. In addition there is a shooting range, an indoor climbing hall and vast amounts of equipment for...

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What the school says...

St David’s College, is a co-educational independent boarding and day school set in the beautiful surroundings of Llandudno, North Wales. The school offers a safe and secure boarding and learning environment for boys and girls aged from 9 years. St David’s College offers GCSEs and A levels, as well as more vocational BTEC qualifications.

Through our bespoke learning plans and our specialism in Outdoor Education, Music, Art and Design we discover the gifts of each pupil, give them confidence and the opportunity to flourish. Through partnership with parents we discover the gifts of each child, remove the barriers to learning and lead young people to realise their full potential. It is this unique approach that enables us to support students with additional learning needs, whilst allowing students with no specific learning needs to thrive and excel. Our highly regarded SEN provision, helping those with dyslexia and associated learning needs, works seamlessly in our mainstream environment.
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Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2017, Andrew Russell, previously acting head. Degree in accounting and economics from Southampton and PGCE in maths from Bangor. He has taught at St David's for his entire career of over 25 years (maths, business studies and IT) and risen through the ranks as head of year, head of department, housemaster, assistant head and deputy head.

Academic matters

What a joy it was not to have examination results and league tables thrust under our noses. There is a belief in some quarters that education is dead and has been replaced by a slavish seeking after grade levels and that dreaded, often misused, word ‘targets’. At St David’s there are individual goals for each pupil but they are personal rather than political. Education at its best is very much alive and shining here. The reticence they...

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Special Education Needs

We take great pride in our whole school approach to dyslexia and related difficulties... so ALL our classroom teachers receive extra training and qualifications beyond the usual BEd/PGCE. Indeed, we have over 40 years experience, and much of the research that has underpinned modern understanding of Dyslexia was carried out at St David's, in collaboration with Bangor University. In addition, our team of 23 specialist staff provide 1:1 and small group support in the areas that might be holding you back from doing your best. Our emphasis is on using multi-sensory teaching and communication strategies to help you reach your full potential. We are a relatively small secondary school with equally small classes and the friendly relationship between staff and pupils is just one of the factors that leads to success. In fact, we think these aspects are really just the very best teaching practice and we have pupils every year who are aiming for 3 "A" grades at A-level. Work in the classroom is supported by what we believe is the most extensive sporting, outdoor pursuits and extra-curricular programme in the UK (for instance there were 16 major expeditions last year alone). Fitness is important in its own right but it also aids concentration and team activities provide scope for learning important leadership and social skills. Having others depend on your skills and enthusiasms can be a real eye-opener to some, and our whole ethos is geared to raising your self-esteem... which is so important if your talents are to be uncovered and nurtured into full bloom.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
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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