St Davids College

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Ethos, Vision, & Values

An Idea, A Vision, A Foundation

Established in 1965, St David’s College is an independent co-educational day and boarding school for children aged 9 to 19. The school has developed a unique, pupil-centric, truly holistic approach to learning and teaching. This is a successful way of teaching the most able academics as well as those with complex barriers to learning. At all levels, pupils thrive and exceed expectations.

"We shall aim at sound scholarship, we shall pursue prowess at games, we shall encourage a love of the beautiful and of creative skills, but above all we are determined to lay such foundations of character as will send our pupils out to play an effective part in a world that stands in need of people of sterling Christian worth."

Excerpt from a 1965 letter by our founding Headmaster, John Mayor.

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Understand every child

A combination of diagnostic screening, small class sizes, and teaching staff who all take post-graduate qualifications in multi-sensory teaching techniques ensure that every child of every ability level is understood and catered for – be that via academic stretch, challenge, and mentoring or focused one to one tuition. Alongside mainstream classroom teaching, St David’s College has a highly regarded learning support centre (The Cadogan Centre) specialising equally in supporting pupils’ additional learning barriers (such as dyslexia) to advanced study skills for the most able and EAL for our international pupils.

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Unique, wide curriculum

Classroom teaching is seamlessly interwoven with our unique, wider curriculum – arguably one of the UK’s most impressive for a school of our size.

The curriculum is broad, deep, and exciting at all ages. Every interest is catered for and nurtured - from the traditional academic subjects to the more diverse outdoor education, art, performing arts, production arts, sport, business, computer-aided design, and engineering.

Underpinned with a supportive family environment, the result is happy, engaged pupils who blossom into successful young adults ready to take their place in society with dignity and confidence.

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Family environment

In a small school such as St David’s College, every child is seen and valued as a vital part of the community. The caring, Christian ethos creates the critical feeling of belonging which is the hallmark of a St David’s College education.

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Stunning location

Our 30-acre Victorian grounds are located in the most beautiful setting in North Wales, with the Irish Sea and mountains of Snowdonia on our doorstep. The freedom to make the great outdoors a part of everyday life at St David’s College is key to our unique, holistic, education package. A mere three hours from London by staff-escorted direct train and just over an hour by car from Liverpool, Manchester and Holyhead, St David’s College is easily accessible yet secure and safe.