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St David's College [Special School]

Gloddaeth Hall, Llandudno, Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom LL30 1RD

Age Range & Fees

Age Range9 to 19
Annual Day Fees£7950 to £17550
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees£0 to £0
Annual Full Boarding Fees£18600 to £33000

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
65Full Board17

Number of Staff

Full-time: 36
Part-time: 25

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Grades A* - C or 9 – 5

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Andrew Russell

EDUCATION 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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What we offer

  • Agriculture/Horticulture
  • Business studies
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Engineering
  • Environmental studies
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Photography
  • English
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • Spanish
  • Welsh
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch rugby
  • Water sports
  • Adventure training
  • Astronomy
  • Beavers/Cubs/Scouts
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • First aid/life savers
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding and management
  • Horticulture
  • Orienteering
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Yoga
  • Young Enterprise
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets
  • Rail/Airport services
  • School bus service
  • Autism
  • Dyslexia
  • Aspergers
  • Delicate/Medical
  • Epilepsy

Method of Entry

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

Scholarships & Bursaries

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

Accreditations and Affliations:

  • ASCL
  • BDA
  • BSA
  • CReSTeD Specialist Provision (SP)
  • ISBA
  • ISC
  • WISC

Religious Affliations:

  • All denominations welcome
  • Christian

Teaching Languages:

  • English
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