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  • UWC Atlantic College
    St Donat's Castle
    St Donat's
    Llantwit Major
    Vale of Glamorgan
    CF61 1WF
  • Head: Mr Gerry Holden
  • T 01446 799000
  • F 01446 799013
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 15 to 18
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: The Vale of Glamorgan
  • Pupils: 370
  • Religion: Not Applicable
  • Fees: Boarding £28,105 pa
  • Open days: October and January
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Whichever diploma faculty they choose, students are unlikely to spend much time sitting on their hands, all areas being long on activity. Derring-do comes with the territory no matter what the gradient, acquisition of skills in graceful failure as important as trappings of success (fallibility reckoned by Kurt Hahn to be essential part of the learning process). As a result, there isn’t much pupils here would say no to...

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What the school says...

The founding college of a global education movement (UWC), UWC Atlantic College is an international residential college for 16 - 18 year olds, located in a 12th Century Castle on the South Wales coast. 350 students from 90 different countries benefit from a world-class International Baccalaureate educational experience. UWC Atlantic College is committed to making education 'a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future'. The college was one of the first schools in the world to offer the IB and was involved in the development of the diploma. ...Read more

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From April 2017, Peter Howe, currently head of college at UWC Maastricht in the Netherlands. Degree in accounting, finance and economics from Queen's University in Ontario and PhD in art and architectural history from University of Toronto. Had a brief stint in sales and marketing at Procter and Gamble before switching to teaching, and spent 13 years at Canadian universities. His UWC career began in 2005, as the IB coordinator and head of economics at the Italy-based UWC Adriatic. Later, he became the school’s deputy head and director of studies and ultimately, its rettore (head of school), before moving to Maastricht in 2012.

Having left Dover College in December 2015 to set up his own consultancy business Staying Ahead, Gerry Holden spent two months enjoying semi-retired serendipity before he was catapulted...

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