Howell’s School, Llandaff


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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Girls with co-ed Sixth Form
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • Roll: 40 (Boys) 745 (Girls)
  • Age Range: Girls 3 -18 years, Boys 16 -18 years
  • Founded: 1860


A magnificent Victorian gothic building right on the edge of the great, green expanse of Llandaff Fields, Howell's School, Llandaff (GDST) has a tremendous sense of roominess for a city school, with a swimming pool, tennis courts and sports pavilion all on the five acre site, and a shiny new all-weather sports pitch, tennis courts and sports pavilion.

Students at Howell’s are reminded every day to be the best that they can be. In 2018, the GCSE results topped the league tables, coming first place in Wales with 74% of students achieving an A* or A (or a level 9-7)—88% of all science entries were graded 9- 8 (the equivalent of an A*). At A-level, 26% of all results were an A*, with 74% receiving A*-B grades. Six students achieved all A*s, and 30% of students achieved all A* and A grades. 100% of students studying Further Mathematics achieved an A*, 100% of those studying Music achieved an A*, and all those studying Mathematics achieved an A*-B.

Howell's School puts a great value on a rich and varied life outside of the classroom, and the list of extra-curricular activities that students take part in is seemingly endless, as well as endlessly diverse, running from Photography to Philosophy, Song Writing to Synchronised Swimming. The extensive Enrichment Programmes, together with impressive Wellbeing and Laureate Programmes, make Howell’s a special place to learn and develop in an exciting, creative and thriving environment. The school’s strong Leadership Team; talented and dedicated teaching and support staff; wonderful young people and committed and interested parents are what make Howell's unique.

The Nursery @ Howell’s is situated in Roald Dahl’s childhood home and takes inspiration from its famous former occupant. Girls who enter the nursery experience a safe, family atmosphere, making the transition from home to nursery a relaxed and happy one. The Prep School radiates an atmosphere in which every child is valued and nurtured. Great emphasis is placed on developing the self-identity, self-esteem and self-confidence of every girl.

When entering the Senior School, girls are encouraged to develop skills of self-analysis and reflection, and choose the learning methods that suit them best, whilst teachers challenge and motivate them towards an appetite for lifelong learning. Howell’s aims to help students acquire skills essential to tackling a competitive and rapidly changing world. The established Co-Ed college has a proven track record for excellence in and out of the classroom, and offers students an exceptional learning experience with flexible teaching styles designed to manage the transition between school and university.

The school's founder, Thomas Howell, wanted to create greater opportunities for young women, and Howell's School has been changing lives since it opened its doors in 1860. His generosity gave many young women access to an education that would elevate and inspire them, and in 2019 Howell's still creates opportunities for girls and boys from all backgrounds. Scholarships and bursaries are available in the Senior School and College for entry into Year 7 and Year 12.

Open Days

2020. All visits are welcome, please contact the school.


2019/2020. Nursery (full time): £2670 per term. . Reception - Year 6: £3428 - £3497 per term. Senior School (Years 7-11): £4593 per term. College (Years 12 & 13): £4843 per term.


Estyn Report 2015

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Sally Davis

Howell’s School, Llandaff
Cardiff Road

[t]: 029 20562019

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School News

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It was an emotionally charged morning at Howell’s Co-Ed College as students arrived to collect their A-level results. But they needn’t have worried, Howell’s Co-Ed

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College students were awarded more A*s than ever this year.  52% of all results were A* – A grades, and 80% of all grades were A* – B. In total, 25% of the year group achieved all As and A*s.  This is a fantastic achievement for the students, particularly considering the new, more challenging, A-level specifications.

Howell’s is a Drapers’ School, one of 21 schools and colleges supported by The Drapers’ Company, one of the 12 Livery Companies of the City of London, thanks to Tudor merchant Thomas Howell, who died in 1537 and left his fortune in the trust of the Drapers’ Company. A number of students who show exceptional promise are awarded the Drapers’ Scholarship each year in recognition of academic achievement and potential.

This year’s Drapers’ Scholars— Olivia, Hanya, Claudia, Rachel, Dagmawi —have out-performed all expectations and achieved A*s in every subject, including full marks in several subjects.

Of the five Drapers’ Scholars, four will take up places at Oxford and Cambridge universities, reading Medicine, Natural Sciences and PPE.  The other, a talented artist, will follow a different route, going to study on an Art Foundation course.

Principal, Sally Davis, said: “I could not be more proud of this year’s results. During their two years in the Co-Ed College these students have risen to the challenges presented to them and impressed everyone at Howell’s with their determination and dedication. I look forward to Prizegiving, when we will be able to congratulate them with their families before they embark upon their exciting new journeys.”

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Many congratulations to alumna, Eira Culverwell, who has had terrific success in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu recently, winning gold medals at the European Championships, the Grand

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Slam Championships in Abu Dhabi and the British Open.  She also won a silver medal at the Masters European Championships and a bronze medal at the World Masters Championships.

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Howell’s Junior Competition Choir (JCC) received very positive praise from the adjudicators at the GDST Young Choir of the Year finals on Thursday

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21st March. The 38 girls in the choir had been working towards their programme since hearing that they had gained a place in the final back in January. Thursday morning saw six choirs from GDST Prep Schools converge at the prestigious Cadogan Hall in London’s Belgravia to perform two pieces each in front of friends and family, distinguished adjudicators, Trust Office staff, staff from other schools and each other. Our JCC gave a fantastic performance and delighted the audience and were very pleased to receive such positive feedback. The winner of the competition was South Hampstead Junior School from London who gave two outstanding performances and thoroughly deserved to take the trophy. It was a wonderful experience for our choir to travel to London for what was the second choral final this year. Not only did they perform brilliantly, but their attitude and behaviour were a credit to Howell’s. Many thanks to all the parents who travelled to support the choir and thanks to the staff who accompanied the girls through the long day. Special thanks must also go to the choir’s director, Mrs Amy Clouter and to their accompanist, Mr Simon Shewring. Congratulations everyone!

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Thirty-nine Year 13 students from Howell’s headed for the ski slopes in Switzerland during the Christmas holidays. The weather was definitely on our

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side, and we had fantastic alpine views of the area around Gstaad. There was a fun-packed programme, including swimming, bowling, ice-skating, movie night, bonfire and sing songs. Skiers of all abilities were catered for, making excellent progress and even our beginners were paralleling like pros by the end of the week. On our last day all the groups joined together at lunch for a traditional meal of cheese fondue and rösti in a rustic mountain hut. The students had a fantastic time and it was a pleasure to accompany them.

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Desirée W. (Year 10) recently achieved a Gold Certificate in the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge and went through to the next competition, called the Pink Kangaroo

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challenge.  We are pleased to announce that Desirée achieved a score of 82. This placed her in the top 25% in the country of those who reached this advanced stage of the competition. The mean score was 66 and she needed a score of at least 76 in order to place her in the top 25%. Desirée has been awarded a Certificate of Merit. Many congratulations to her and to the Maths Department!

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Howell’s School will be flying the flag for Wales at the Team Tennis Schools’ National Championship Finals at Graves Tennis Centre in Sheffield in July. 

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Meryl B. (Year 12), Poppy D. (11), Holly F.L. (13) and Ismay B. (11) managed to win the Avon, Gloucestershire and South Wales region of the competition.  In doing so, they had to overcome two separate teams from Cheltenham Ladies’ College, before playing their way past Dean Close School from Gloucestershire in a very well-contested Regional Final.

Holly and Poppy eased through their singles matches, dropping a mere six games in their combined four sets of tennis, while Ismay narrowly lost out in her encounter.  The tie of the match involved the two #1 seeds.  Meryl dropped the hour-long opening set 7-5, before firing back to the take the second set 6-2.  As per the competition rules, the final set was played as a Championship tiebreak, with Meryl hitting some fantastic winners in a very tense 11-9 win.  With the girls 3-1 up in the match, and with just two doubles matches left to play, they were aware that they were just one win away from a team victory.  Holly and Ismay raced through their match, coming out 6-1 6-2 winners.  This effectively made the final doubles match obsolete, as Howell’s claimed the overall match with four wins from a possible six.

Mr Baker and the girls will now travel to Sheffield during the second week of July.  Here they will take on the schools of Great Britain who were similarly victorious within their regions.  The girls will prepare thoroughly to match this special occasion! Well done for reaching the final, and good luck!

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Anyone who drove past Howell’s on Wednesday 8th November might have been surprised by the smoke billowing out of the front door, and

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the ghoulish howls issuing from the upstairs windows. Howell’s was transformed into Hogwarts for the day, as we were joined by 150 children from local primary schools for our Harry Potter-themed day.

Funded by HSBC, Hogwarts at Howell’s is a new initiative that brought the Harry Potter series of books to life for children from Lansdowne, Herbert Thompson, St Paul’s, St Monica’s and Whitchurch primary schools. From the moment the children stepped through the heavy wooden doors at the entrance to Howell’s, staff in flowing gowns welcomed them, guiding them along corridors where candles flickered and the pictures on the walls moved as they passed by.  Once everyone had arrived, the girls and boys assembled under the vaulted ceiling of the Great Hall and were sorted in houses by the Sorting Hat. All the young witches and wizards took part in taster lessons in Puzzling Potions (Science), Spells and Sorcery (English), Wand Making (Art), Magnetic Music (Music), Mystical Moves (Dance), Conjuring Computers (ICT) and Marauders’ Maps (Geography).

Coming back together in the middle of the day, the children enjoyed a Hogwarts-style banquet in the Great Hall, enjoying a feast of sandwiches, cakes and ghoulish green jelly.  Mixing with witches and wizards from different schools, the girls and boys learned to make their voices heard outside of the usual classroom environment, felt their confidence grow through the day as they experienced learning in a different way and developed their team-working skills. Working both in small groups and independently, they developed their magical skills, widened their horizons and made new friends.

“It’s really important that schools in the local area whether they are primary or secondary develop strong links. Our school is quite different to Howell’s in that it is very diverse with many children with no English and serves the inner city areas of Cardiff. So, it was a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to be  able to experience the grandeur and elegance of the historic interior of Howell’s and the ambitious learning opportunities that Hogwarts at Howell’s provided. The staff conducted a range of highly stimulating workshops with our children that fired their imaginations and sparked a real desire to learn new skills.  We were very much welcomed, there was a real sense of community and a coming together for a shared love of Harry Potter and JK Rowling between the schools. At the end of the day, pupils came back to school with a real broadening of their horizons and a desire to seize the opportunities made available to them. Many thanks to the staff at Howell’s for sharing this with us at Lansdowne in such  a warm and inclusive way.”  Catherine Cooper, Acting Deputy, Assistant Head Teacher, Lansdowne Primary.

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This week, as part of our Howell’s outreach scheme, Mr Beckett, Mr Cheeke and Mrs Bowden loaded up the minibus with cornets, baritones, trombones and

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a tuba and took our ‘Brass Roadshow’, Blow Your Own Trumpet, to the Year 5 pupils at Herbert Thompson School.

The workshop gave a chance for the two Year 5 classes to learn about brass instruments by trying a cornet or trombone. Whilst learning about pitch and sound, the pupils were treated to renditions of the Dr Who theme, played on hose pipes, drain pipes, watering cans and teapots!  They learned to play two notes and played along with a funky rhythm track and then read from music to play a piece entitled Thompson Blues.

We had a great, if rather noisy, time at Herbert Thompson and had many positive comments and lots of big smiles when the boys and girls got a sound out of their instruments for the first time!

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Congratulations to Ikuni E and Morwenna B in Year 10 who competed in the National Urdd Eisteddfod held in Bridgend last week. They both competed

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in the individual recitation for Welsh learners’ category for students in Years 10 to 13.

The set poem this year was Ar y Ffordd by Iwan Llwyd, a poem about young people using phones and after the morning prelim, Ikuni and Morwenna were selected  to compete in the televised staged final.

This is the first time that Howell’s has had two finalists on the stage. They both gave lively and intelligent performances and it was an incredibly difficult task to place the three finalists on the day. Ikuni was placed first and Morwenna third – llongyfarchiadau mawr i chi!

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From Monday 17th until Thursday 20th October, Howell’s production of Wendy and Peter Pan delighted audiences, playing to a full house for every performance. Ella Hickson’s adaptation

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of J.M. Barrie’s much-loved story for the Royal Shakespeare Company puts the character of Wendy firmly centre stage, in a production that is refreshingly modern but never loses the charm of the original.

The performance on Monday morning was particularly special as we welcomed 150 Year 6 pupils from Llanederyn, Llandaff City and St Paul’s Church in Wales Primary Schools.  Our young visitors were spellbound throughout the performance and one young theatre-goer commented : “That was the best thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life!”

All students involved gave sensationally good performances, congratulations to all. A special mention must go to Year 12’s talented musician Katie J who composed all the music to accompany the play. Many thanks to Mrs Rees and all the staff who made Wendy and Peter Pan so successful.

Marnie B., India B. and Claudia M. (Year 10) have all qualified for and been invited by British Swimming to compete at the British Swimming

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Summer Championships, which will take place in Sheffield during the last week in July. This is an extremely prestigious competition, to which only swimmers ranked in the top 24 in Britain in their respective age groups and best events are invited. The purpose of the Championships is to identify junior talent across the UK and to support top-ranking swimmers on their journey towards senior medal-winning performance, as well as providing an opportunity for these swimmers to compete against the very best in the UK.

Marnie will be competing in the 200m breaststroke, India in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, and Claudia in the 50m and 100m freestyle.

The girls also form three-quarters of the successful City of Cardiff Swimming Club 4x100m girls aged 14-16 medley relay team, which has qualified in the top ten in Britain to compete at the Championships. In addition, India and Claudia both competed as part of the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays, both of which are also through to the British Championships.

These girls have worked and trained very hard for many years to reach this level of competition, and we wish them all the very best!

Howell’s School junior chess team has retained the Welsh Schools’ Team Championship title.

The championships were held at Bishop Hedley High School, Penydarren, Merthyr

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Tydfil, on Saturday 13th June. Its quartet of players won every match in the six round competition, and we look well-placed to hold on to the trophy next year, as only one player in the team, Emily W., is in Year 6.

Sharing the runner’s up spot were St John’s Cardiff, and The Dell, Chepstow.
Many congratulations to Emily, Venetia, Susanna and Nayana!

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