St David's College

Type of school: Co-Ed Senior school with a junior department or a prep school

Nearest international airport: Manchester (100km)

Age Range: 9-19

Number of pupils: 300

Number of boarders: 100


St David’s College represents a unique educational proposition, it is a school that has been breaking new ground constantly for over 50 years. Our renowned Dyslexia and SEN provision sits perfectly within our mainstream academic environment, where each individual’s learning style is discovered and harnessed. Whether a pupil is dyslexic and requires extra support for their learning or comfortably academic and needs a broad education and a breadth of opportunities to be stretched. St David’s College is formed around the idea that with the right focus on each individual, drawing out their strengths and working on their weaknesses, every student regardless of ability will discover the freedom to flourish.


We believe life in a boarding school should be an all-encompassing experience. Our boarders live a life full of opportunity and adventure. In our safe and supportive environment, every individual is encouraged to simply ‘have a go’.

Becoming a boarding student at St David’s College means becoming part of a wider family; one which will nurture your talents, supports you in whatever endeavour you undertake, and one which you will remain part of long after your time at the school.

Our aim is to create a truly diverse community and with this in mind we are careful to ensure a wide mix of pupils from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. It is important that every pupil feels part of an extended and inclusive family, one which broadens horizons and fosters a sense of belonging.

Education and Qualifications

From our foundation, St David’s College has pioneered teaching that enables pupils with additional learning needs to reach their academic potential, whilst allowing pupils with no specific learning needs to thrive and excel. Alongside this we aim to develop every individual’s character, enabling them to gain an extraordinary range of skills and discover true self-confidence.

We provide a full mainstream education leading pupils towards GCSEs, A Levels and BTECs. It is our uniquely tailored curriculum that allows pupils to excel and reach their potential. The opportunity to mix and match A Levels and BTECs enables pupils to learn appropriately and progress to university, further education courses, apprenticeships or direct entry to the work place.

Learning Provision

 At St David’s College, there are no teaching assistants in classroom but neither does there need to be. Every one of our classroom teachers has a postgraduate qualification to teach a mixed ability class, allowing every pupil to engage with all of our subjects in a mainstream way. For those who need specialised support, the Cadogan Learning Support Centre is an on-site hub where one to one lessons are taught and learning programmes are co-ordinated for all our SEN pupils.

The Cadogan Centre is home to around 20 specialised one to one teachers who deliver support for those pupils who require it. The Cadogan Centre is responsible for:

  • Creating individualised learning plans for SEN pupils.
  • Providing access arrangements for exams.
  • Assistive technology training.
  • Delivering Social Use of Language programmes as well as Speech and Language Therapy.
  • Advising on the a
    mount of one to one lessons a pupil may need.

Beyond the Classroom

The opportunities we provide beyond the classroom are an important aspect to our learning ethos. With an eclectic range of extra-curricular activities on offer each week and a dedicated outdoor education department our pupils have an abundance of opportunities. Through these programmes we instil confidence, leadership, teamwork and an ability to overcome challenges. Working with pupils outside of the classroom in different environments allows us to fully understand an individual in a profound sense.

Weekly activities include; 4×4 driving, rifle shooting, wakeboarding, model glider flying, horse riding, tag archery, cooking and skiing to name a few.

Our outdoor education department is staffed by 5 dedicated outdoor education teachers who deliver a weekly programme, including weekends, which involves activities such as sailing, canoeing, bush craft, climbing and hill walking. Every pupil works towards their bronze Duke of Edinburgh award before Year 9, year on year St David’s College has a handful of pupils collecting their Gold award from the Palace.