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UWC Atlantic

UWC Atlantic

St Donat's Castle, St Donat's, Llantwit Major, CF61 1WF, UK

+44 (0)1446 799000



UWC Atlantic
School type Coeducational Boarding
Founded 1962
Status Private
Head of College Mr Peter T. Howe
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 16-19
Number of pupils 350
Two-year fee £66,000 (scholarships available)
Average Class Size 10 (Atlantic pre-Diploma)/ 15 (Atlantic Diploma)
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:2.5 (Atlantic pre-Diploma)/ 1:9.5 (Atlantic Diploma)
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Gabor Vincze
Associations SofH, UWC, IB, ISBA, BSA

Founded in 1962, UWC Atlantic is the flagship college of the inspirational UWC global education movement, comprising 18 schools and colleges worldwide. The UWC mission is to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. The College is the co-creator of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and is now re-engineering the IBDP through its Changemaker Curriculum, to meet 21st century challenges.

Our Founding Principles:

  • To be innovators in education
  • To provide opportunity to deserving students from around the world to access this education irrespective of their ability to pay
  • For this education to take place in a unique and exceptional setting where the entire campus is the classroom

Based in 12th Century St Donat's Castle in Wales - a 122 acre site with its own seafront, woodland and farm - boarders aged 16 to 19 from over 90 nationalities are selected to study the IBDP every year based on personal motivation and potential. The deliberate diversity of the student body is achieved by attracting students from vastly differing political, religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Selection is through 160 National Committees. Prospective students can apply to a National Committee in their country of residence or citizenship. 65% of students selected this way receive full or partial scholarship funding for their education. The alternative route is through the fee-paying UWC Global Selection Programme.

"I am proud to help develop changemakers who embody the UWC spirit. Students bring us their hopes, fears, sense of adventure, courage and idealism, their critical minds and their enthusiasm. The unique experience that is lived at a UWC hangs on our shared humanity, the trust that we have in each other, our willingness to celebrate each other's unique talents, and the support that we provide to each other every day as we extend the limits of our comfort zones. Such a community is something truly special and is what makes attending a UWC college so life affirming and life changing."

Peter T. Howe, Principal, UWC Atlantic