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UWC Atlantic

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This is education the immersive way, real world, practical applications dovetailing with the academics. ‘Besides making it more stimulating, it makes it more real,’ felt a student. One spoke of the ‘incredible opportunity of having the input of a Syrian refugee when learning about that part of the world’; another was in awe that she’d been able to invite refugees on campus for a week – ‘that’s got to be unique for a sixth form’. Once a glorious experiment – and still surprisingly unknown – it provides an education as remarkable and full-on as the gutsy, impassioned students it attracts. But it won’t suit…

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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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Curricula

International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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Principal

Since September 2021, Naheed Bardai (30s). Born and raised in Canada, he was previously head of upper school at Upper Canada College in Toronto. Prior to that, he spent 10 years (the final three as senior school principal) at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, an educational organisation with values so similar to UWC they could almost be cousins. As befits the role, his global experiences don’t stop there – he spent a year travelling in Thailand and Asia after doing a business degree at Western University, Ontario, followed by a stint in Sydney as a management consultant. Then it was back to Toronto as head of marketing for a business start-up before doing a BEd at the University of British Columbia: ‘I realised education is the baseline of everything, that it is...

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