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Full Boarding Fees
£35,120 (plus additional fees for SEN support)
GCSE, B-TEC (Level 2 & 3), A Levels, HND.
English as an additional language
All dietary needs are catered for.
St David’s is a maintstream school offering extensive SEN provision to its 260 pupils. 36 pupils are international students and all these pupils board at the school alongside an additional 74 boarders from the UK.
St David’s offers a wide selection of exam options including; GCSE’s, B-TEC, level 2 and 3, A Levels and an HND (Higher Nationall Diploma) course in Computer Aided Design and Draughting (CADD).
EAL-pupils from overseas can be taught English by Specialist Support teachers with qualifications in teaching English as a second language. The College offers ESL iGCSE and IELTS qualifications. Pupils are assessed by the EAL teacher on arrival at school and their lesson allocation is adjusted accordingly. Lessons can vary in number and size depending upon the preferences and the needs of the pupil.
St David’s prides itself on its Extracurricular programme which is delivered through a diverse activity programme and Outdoor Education department. Around five expeditions leave site each week as part of a true outdoor education, with opportunities for every pupil to get involved including; sailing, kayaking, climbing and caving. The focus is very much on developing leadership, confidence and teamworking skills. Other clubs offered include: KIT car building, silent flight, wakeboarding, chess club, F1 in Schools, Round Table public speaking competition, 4×4 driving on the School’s woodland track, shooting on the School’s rifle range, capoeira, martial arts and photography.
The Cadogan Centre at St David’s College is a global leader in the delivery of education to pupils with barriers to learning. The centre has expertise in assessing and understanding pupils needs. St David’s has four fully-equipped areas dedicated to student needs: The Cadogan Centre, The James Webb SENCO rooms, The Solar Rooms and The Bridge Therapy Suite. The Centre has twenty Specialist Support Teachers delivering nearly 500 bespoke 1:1 lessons every week.
All pupils are assigned an Individual Specialist who will assess their needs, create an Individual Programme, monitor academic progress and provide a level of pastoral support and 1 to1 sessions. The specialist teachers liaise with subject teachers to ensure consistency and to act as readers and/or writers during prep sessions, examinations etc.
St David’s is situated in North Wales near the seaside town of Llandudno and close to the Snowdonian National Park. London is 3 hours away by train. Manchester and Liverpool international airports are just over 1 hour away.
A Day in the life of…
The founder’s vision is as true today as when he expressed it in the first prospectus
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 boys (and girls) out to play an effective part in a world that stands in need of men (and women) of sterling Christian worth.” (1st Prospectus, 1965).
Boarding life where to begin….by Olivia Maidment our lovely Head Girl. It’s like being on a constant sleep over with all your friends. You find yourself getting on with everyone in the house, it’s as if they all become like your siblings. Yes, it has its highs and its lows. For example, sometimes you may fall out with your friends, however you always end up making up because you become so close to those who you live with. If I’m being completely honest at first it’s a little bit tricky as you miss your family and being away from home can be hard, although you will soon find your feet and you will settle in more quickly than you would expect because at St David’s everyone’s really friendly and you will soon feel right at home!
You will learn so many life skills along your journey as a boarder, skills that most people wouldn’t have the opportunity to gain. I consider school to be a home from home and I have always referred to school as my second home with my second family.
This link gives testimonials from past pupils about their education and boarding life at SDC.
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