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St David's College, Conwy, Wales

School Details
School Crest
Gloddaeth Hall,
Conwy, Wales,
United Kingdom,
LL30 1RD

Tel: +44 1492 875974
Fax: +44 1492 870383

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Stuart Hay

Headmaster's Secretary and Admissions:
Mrs Sue Hold and Mrs Lisa Watson

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
ISC, ISBA, AGBIS, BSA, BDA, SHMIS, WISC, ASCL, CReSTeD Specialist Provision (SP)
Religious affiliation:
Christian, All denominations welcome
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
9 - 19
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
This school offers
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Visit school, Referral by Local Authority or Social Services, Trial day at school, Entry test or exam, Interview, Report from previous school, Taster days, Scholarship exam

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Drama, Other scholarships, CDT, Other bursaries, Means tested assisted places, Clergy/Ministers, Means tested bursaries, 6th Form, Academic, All-rounder, Armed forces discounts or bursaries, Art, Music, Senior school entry, Siblings, Sport, Financial need

What we offer

  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Environmental studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Design technology
  • Engineering
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Photography
  • ICT
  • Psychology
  • Agriculture/Horticulture
  • Business studies
  • English
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • Spanish
  • Welsh
  • German
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Badminton
  • Fencing
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Athletics
  • Baseball
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch rugby
  • Netball
  • Water sports
  • Martial arts
  • Archery
  • Rounders
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Language club
  • Orienteering
  • Fishing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Yoga
  • Horticulture
  • Horse riding and management
  • Scuba diving
  • Drama productions
  • Beavers/Cubs/Scouts
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Young Enterprise
  • Adventure training
  • Astronomy
  • First aid/life savers
  • Dance
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • After school club
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Autistic Spectrum of Difficulties
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Aspergers Syndrome
  • Delicate/Medical Conditions
  • Epilepsy
Head PhotoEDUCATION SHOULD BE FUN! We believe that means challenging, exciting and stretching… using a wide range of interactive and multi-sensory methods. Self-confidence is critical to success and we aim to find ways to boost each pupil so that they are motivated to make progress in all areas. Indeed, to see pupils gaining so much in self-esteem and to watch them blossom into happy and fulfilled people is immensely rewarding.

Our small group sizes (about 8-10 in a class but even less in English, Maths and Science) help enormously and the overall teacher/pupil ratio is 1:5. ALL our teachers have extra training (beyond PGCE/BEd) and their interactive teaching methods work equally well with the brightest pupils and those who struggle with dyslexia/SpLD. A range of ICT technology is used and we were judged "OUTSTANDING" in a recent HMI inspection.

Situated on a magnificent site just a mile from the sea (with views of Snowdonia and an eclectic mixture of historic and modern buildings) we adopt a whole-person approach, believing that a true education embraces mind, body and spirit. This has been a fundamental element of our provision since the school was founded in 1965.

Our pupils take part in a host of outdoor pursuits and sports as part of their scheduled curriculum. How many schools’ pupils regularly enjoy (amongst many others activities) husky sledging in Sweden, 4x4 driving on site and falconry? There are 5 members of staff in our Outdoor Education department and 16 major expeditions have been planned for this year so far, in addition to the Duke of Edinburgh awards.

Underpinning all this, our Christian foundation ‘sets the tone’ and means that parents can be sure of the moral and personal standards we expect. We aim to provide a happy, wholesome and supportive community in which each pupil feels valued for who they are.

Recent building work has included a D+T block (with the latest CAD facilities) and extensive boarding accommodation for both girls and boys. Students progress into the usual professions but many demonstrate entrepreneurial and design skills through successfully running their own businesses.

St David's College is very unique, even amongst independent schools and we hope that this information has given you a taste of what we are trying to achieve. However, it really needs to be experienced first hand… so we invite you to visit us and see for yourself.
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