The Cadogan Centre



St David's College

- Est. 1965 -

The Cadogan Centre

Founded over fifty years ago it has grown into a nationally recognised centre of excellence for our educational approach and specialist one-to-one  support.


Currently, our 20 highly experienced postgraduate level qualified teachers work  together to deliver around 450 one-to-one specialist support lessons per week.


Teachers  monitor pupils’ academic learning as well as providing a substantial level of pastoral support and guidance to both pupils and parents.


We are very proud of our inclusive ethos, which embraces and celebrates

the ability of all of our students, combining high quality teaching with

challenging opportunities in an environment where tolerance and

understanding of others are equally important.

We believe that all practitioners are teachers of pupils with barriers to

learning and that they should differentiate according to the individual

needs of the pupils in their care. Monitoring the progress of all pupils is an

ongoing process, which enables the early identification of any pupils who

may require additional or different support services.

We believe in equal opportunities and strive to meet the physical,

emotional and intellectual needs of all our pupils. Pupils with barriers to

learning are fully integrated into the life of the school. We recognise the

strengths of every individual as well as any areas for their development,

and ensure that all contribute to the social and cultural activities of
the school.

We have formal procedures to ensure that all students have access to the

curriculum and can thrive. All of our students are encouraged to reach

their full potential through excellent teaching and targeted support; where

possible, educational provision is achieved through integration into the

mainstream curriculum.

We constantly monitor and creatively adapt the curriculum in order

to ensure that what is taught and how it is taught matches the pupils’

aptitudes and abilities.


different activities each week


Music & Performing Arts

With 8 major productions a year as well as many more opportunities to perform, there is plenty of opportunity to showcase your talents. Choose from a range of instruments to learn to play with weekly lessons. Access additional qualifications such as Associated Board and Rock School Music qualifications, Acting qualifications with LAMDA to broaden your portfolio. With a music and stage production course available pupils can explore the industry from behind the scenes and gain a vocational qualification.


major performances a year


Outdoor Education

We have a specialist Outdoor Education Department and every pupil up to the end of Year 10 has a full Outdoor Education Day every other week, culminating in an overseas expedition at the end of Year 10. As pupils progress through the school, they continue to take opportunities to extend their skills. All pupils are involved in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme and many go on the achieve the Gold Award. Opportunities are provided in the 6th Form for pupils to gain National Governing Body Awards and study a BTEC course in the subject.

Gain outdoor leadership qualifications


Design & Technology

Our dedicated Design and Technology Centre provides our students with the opportunity to explore Design, Engineering and Architecture in a specialist environment. With three workshops and a CAD design studio, our students have access to the latest rapid prototyping machinery, 3D design software as well as traditional manufacturing tools. With such a high level of skill and experience among the staff, as well as an inspiring choice of study paths, it's no wonder many of our students are offered industry placements straight after 6th Form and have won a host of National Awards for their work.


WJEC national innovation awards won