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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]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 9 to 19.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Conwy
  • Pupils: 267; sixth formers: 68
  • Religion: Christian
  • Fees: Day £13,665 - £21,660; Boarding £28,245 - £40,425 pa
  • Open days: Throughout the year, please see website for details
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

The whole tenet is that each child is different and although many schools will say this, at St David’s there is a genuine flexibility - a successful attempt to make each child’s education work for them not for the convenience of the school. The absolute stand out at St David’s is outdoor education, not surprising given its location looking out on to the peaks of Snowdonia and within easy reach of the glorious North Wales coast. Glossy and socially sophisticated it is not, but ...

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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 and City and Guilds 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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2017, Andrew Russell BSc (early 50s). Studied economics and accounting at Southampton University but after a brief flirtation with accountancy, wanting to enjoy a more outdoor, wholesome life, he arrived at St David’s 28 years ago and has stayed ever since. During that time has had roles which include head of maths, head of careers, housemaster, assistant head and deputy head. His wife Kate’s father was a housemaster here and their three children attend the school. ‘Andy and his family are St David’s to the core,’ a member of staff told us.

St David’s has a long pedigree of highly successful home-grown heads and as we got to know the school we could understand why. Mr Russell was initially drawn here because it was a place where he could...

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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 50 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 and Chester Universities. In addition, our team of 20 specialist staff provide one to one and small group support in the areas that might be holding a student back from doing their best. Our emphasis is on using multi-sensory teaching and communication strategies to help a pupil reach their 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/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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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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