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  • St David's College
    LL30 1RD
  • Head: Mr Stuart Hay
  • T 01492 875974
  • F 01492 870383
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  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 9 to 19.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Conwy
  • Pupils: 240: 154 boys, 86 girls; 100 boarders; sixth formers: 74
  • Religion: Christian
  • Fees: Day £6,900 - £16,950; Boarding £16,620 - £31,440 SEN: Day £10,035 - £20,505; Boarding £19,755 - £34,575 pa
  • Open days: October
  • 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 Year 7 to 13 secondary school (11 to 18 years old) but we do also have the provision to teach Year 5 & Year 6 pupils (age 9 to 11) in a dedicated area within the school.

St Davids College offers a broad range of GCSEs, A Levels and vocational courses in addition to an amazing variety of Outdoor Education activities. We have been at the forefront of SEN provision for over 40 years, with Individual Education Plan for each pupil, including study skills and exam preparation. With superb GCSE and A Level results the vast majority of our leavers go on to study at University.

Our year 5 and 6 pupils are already benefiting from the vast range of courses and facilities on offer at St Davids which include an extensive outdoor education, sports and activities programme which complements rigorous but sympathetic academic studies. They are afforded their own academic base, common room, play space and lunchtime break in order to acclimatise slowly into secondary education. Following on from Year 6 there will be a natural progression onto our full programme of studies up to GCSE and A Level. Each and every child will be nurtured along the way by a team of academic and support staff dedicated to the whole person ethos of education.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2008, Mr Stuart Hay BEng PGCE (early 40s). Joined as deputy head from Warminster School, where he was head of electronics and product design. After gaining his electronic engineering degree and PGCE at Bath University, he taught in both independent and maintained sectors.

He is married to Lucy and they have three children, Ben, Milly and Thomas. Ben, the eldest, attends the school and appeared to be loving it when we came across him in a lively reading class. Mr Hay’s main interests are mountaineering, road cycling, mountain biking, racquet sports and St David’s. Parents speak very highly of Mr and Mrs Hay. ‘It may sound corny,’ said one parent we spoke to, ’but their happy family really seems to include all the pupils, whether it’s Mrs Hay’s cooking...

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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