Atlantic College

Secondary

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St Donat’s Castle
St Donat’s
Llantwit Major
CF61 1WF
01446 799000
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Pupils
375
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Ages
16 - 19
Gender
Gender
Mixed
Building
Type
Independent
Mr ofsted
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.22
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(01/09/2016)
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UWC Atlantic College was established in 1962. The college is the founding member of United World Colleges, a group of 16 independent international schools and colleges. It is a residential co-educational college for pupils from across the world that is situated on the south coast of Wales at St Donat’s Castle. UWC Atlantic College was registered by the Welsh Government as an independent school in April 2014. It offers a range of academic and activity-based opportunities for boys and girls aged 14 to 19 years. In September 2014, the college introduced the Atlantic Pre-Diploma (pre International Baccalaureate) for pupils from the age of 14. Pupils join the college from around 85 different nationalities. There are currently 368 pupils at the college. These include 31 pupils of statutory school age. There are 346 pupils in the sixth form and 22 following the Pre-Diploma programme. Around 60% of pupils in the college are girls. Nearly all of the pupils are boarders. Pupils come from a diverse range of cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Around 60% of pupils do not speak English as their first language. There is a wide range of around 42 mother tongue languages spoken including Hindi, Japanese, Russian, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese. No pupils speak Welsh as their first language. UWC Atlantic College has specific criteria for entry that take into account a pupil’s ability and attitude. Approximately half of the pupils are offered scholarship places that are awarded by the college or by international selection committees. Around 11% of pupils are on the college’s special educational needs (SEN) register and receive support from the college. There are no pupils with a statement of special educational needs. The caretaker principal has held this post since November 2015. A substantive principal has been appointed from March 2017. In addition to the caretaker principal, the leadership team includes three vice principals with responsibilities for the curriculum, pastoral care and staffing. The leadership team also includes four directors whose responsibilities include college development, estates management, the outreach programme and boarding. As part of the United World College movement, the college sets out its mission ‘to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future’.

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