St Clare’s School


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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 143 (Boys) 145 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1938

General Information

At St Clare’s School, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide an academic environment in which children are happy, valued as individuals and offered both learning and extra-curricular challenges which will inspire them to achieve excellence. Our pupils are happy children with high self-esteem and a strong belief in their abilities, combined with respect for others and their surroundings. St Clare’s is part of the Cognita group of schools.


The Nursery at St. Clare's provides a safe, fun and caring environment. In addition to our excellent facilities we are able to make the most of the specialised teachers in St Clare's Senior School. Mrs Smart comes to teach the children basic French and Spanish while the nursery staff use incidental Welsh throughout the day. Prep School children also benefit from specialist teaching in Science, French, Spanish, PE, Music and Art. This enables us to offer a successful yet challenging and stimulating educational environment. The purpose built Dining Hall houses a brand new Food Technology Classroom and enhancements have recently been made to the Science and Art departments. Our brand new Multi Use Games Area has recently been completed which will offer much greater opportunities for pupils across the whole school to participate in outdoor sports. Sixth Form pupils are taught in small tutorial-style groups. They have their own Common Room and kitchen facilities, allowing for independence within the school community. Quiet areas are also set aside to provide for independent study.

Pupils at St Clare's School have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities including languages, chess, cookery and IT to sports clubs, choir and orchestra, science and drama. Senior pupils are also able to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Young Enterprise.

During term time, we offer an extended day to all pupils in school from 8am to 6pm and there is a holiday club for Nursery and Prep pupils. International students are welcomed and we work closely with host family and guardianship agencies who ensure that host families are carefully selected to ensure friendly, safe and comfortable environments in which students are able to both relax and study effectively.


Academic, Sports. Please contact the school for details.

Open Days

2018. Open Morning: Wed. 20th June, 9am.


2017/2018. Nursery (full time to include a hot lunch) - Year 6: £2055 - £2500 per term. Year 7 - Year 13: £3135 - £3575 per term. There is a 3rd and 4th sibling discount.


Estyn Inspection 2015

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Helen Hier

Contact for enquiries: Holly Fowlkes, Registrar

St Clare’s School
CF36 5NR

[t]: 01656 789966

Location Description

St Clare's School stands in its own magnificent grounds, in the picturesque village of Newton, near Porthcawl.

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School News

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The small day nursery at St Clare’s School in Newton, Porthcawl was delighted to be recognised as one of the Top 20 Nurseries 2018 (Wales).

Passionate and

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committed staff
The passion, commitment and motivation of the staff along with boundless energy means pupils make amazing progress and are really enthusiastic about learning and playing. The environment is a small, friendly nurturing place where children are seen as individuals and bonds with staff are strong and positive. It’s such a wonderful place for a child’s crucial early years.

The Headteacher of the small independent school said, “We are absolutely thrilled to receive the accolade of Top 20 Award 2018 (Wales) from We couldn’t be prouder of our staff who work so hard each and every day to provide each pupil with a rich, stimulating experience tailored to their individual needs. We would like to thank all our lovely parents for taking the time to write the reviews and, of course, a big well done and thank you to our staff for their hard work and dedication. It means a tremendous amount to be recommended by our families and we truly appreciate this recognition.”

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Clearing up plastic waste

As anyone who has watched Blue Planet will know, at least 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in the oceans every

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year where it chokes, entangles and poisons marine life. Here at Clare’s School in picturesque Newton on the outskirts of Porthcawl, we decided to help clean up the plastic waste we unfortunately now find in our oceans and on all of our beaches / coastal areas due to modern day living.

Despite gloomy grey skies, our Year 11 students armed with litter-pickers had a really successful clean-up and collected 12 bags of rubbish as well as a big fishing crate, all of which had washed up onto Newton Beach after the last few weeks of unusually heavy storms.

Social Responsibility

St Clare’s takes its social responsibility very seriously and outdoor learning is important to the wellbeing of our pupils from our Nursery up to Sixth Form. We’re very fortunate to be so close to the glorious Heritage Coastline and it’s crucial that we all play a part in taking care of it. A spirit of adventure and a creative, intuitive approach inspires our learning and yields superb academic and other results. We help our students to better understand the links between the personal and the wider community whether local or global and we are very proud to belong to Cognita, a worldwide group of 67 schools in Europe, Latin America and South-East Asia.

St Clare's independent school Glamorgan Wales

This year the pupils have won £2,500 prize money for the school, individual prizes and a trip to London to compete against the other regional winners with

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the chance to win another £2500.

‘Straight Outta Science’ win for Wales

The winning team is called ‘Straight Outta Science’ their captain is Jaynee Winslade-Gregory and team mates are Susmita Dutta, Dylan Bebbington and Izzabel Woodward. The team’s idea is based on the Seebeck effect and the pupils will have to produce a 3D model prototype when they visit the  Imperial Colleges White City in London this week. We hope that a public vote will select their idea to become UK champions.

Three St Clare’s team were shortlisted for the final

In fact, this year we had three teams shortlisted for the final which is an incredible achievement. The two other teams shortlisted  were -3 Degrees and We’ll Think of it by Friday for their ideas involving magnetic levitation in a vacuum and solar panels in roads.

Previous winners
Previously, in 2016 ‘Roller Squad’ led by Joseph James were Welsh Regional Winners while in 2017 ‘Chipachapachino’ led by Theo Quantick won £3000 for suggesting that all newly built houses be designed to absorb carbon dioxide. They not only won the Welsh Regional Award they also came 3rd across the UK. This year two other teams were also shortlisted for their ideas involving magnetic levitation in a vacuum and solar panels in roads.

Seeing our ideas come to life today has been amazing!

Jaynee Winslade-Gregory, Team Captain from the winning team SOS (“Straight Outta Science”) commented: “Seeing our ideas come to life today has been amazing.  I’m excited everyone at the festival will be able see our idea on display. I hope we get lots of votes! It’s been really interesting to think about real world issues that will affect how we live and see how STEM can change the world for the better. It hasn’t sunk in that we are winners! Our school is going to spend the money on our new science block.

New Headteacher, Mrs Helen Hier praised the pupils for their efforts and said: “STEM is so important for our children, our region and our country, we need to encourage the current generation, as well as future generations of pupils, to understand and embrace the technology that affects them every day of their lives. Pupils at St. Clare’s are taught by engaged and enthusiastic teachers using hands-on and minds-on activities. Making science and math courses fun and interesting not only helps pupils to learn, but might also plant the ‘seed of interest’ that could grow into an exciting and rewarding STEM career”

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Sixth Form students bravely volunteered to have their legs waxed to raise money for the BBC Children in Need Appeal

“We’ve all been trying to

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think of suggestions and this was something a bit different that we could do” said the boys who put their hairy legs in the not-so expert hands of eager pupils who donated £5 to be allowed the satisfaction of pulling off a wax strip. Not to be outdone, the courageous boys were joined by ICT Teacher, Mr Yemm, wearing a delightful Star Wars Chewbacca onesie.

At St Clare’s we always support Children in Need from the smallest in the Nursery to the tallest in the Sixth Form.  Apart from the leg-waxing we held raffles, quizzes, wore fancy dress, cake sales and the Prep pupils ran lots of stalls including a Pudsey Photo Booth which was very popular. We’ve had a lot of fun and raised £1,393.23.

Braving the wax in front of a crowd of eager would-be waxers, one of the boys said: “It seemed like such a good idea at the time but it did get more painful as it went on.”

Another added: “It did hurt, more than I expected.”

Despite the pain, all the boys agreed that it was worth it knowing that they were raising money for such a good cause.

No pain, no gain, as they say!

Celebrations for students at St Clare’s School, in Porthcawl on results day 2017

St. Clare’s School in Porthcawl are celebrating excellent GCSE results today!

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St Clare’s has been delivering the English curriculum for GCSE examinations and not the Welsh which means that St Clare’s students sat the new reformed GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and Maths this summer. The new GCSEs will ensure that students leave school with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. They cover more challenging content and are designed to match standards in the strongest performing education systems elsewhere in the world.

St. Clare’s are delighted to report how well the students performed:

  • 100% of grades at the new Grade 4+ in English Literature (UK 72%)
  • 85.3% of grades at the new Grade 4+ in English Language (UK 64.9%);
  • 80.6% of grades at the new Grade 4+ in Maths (UK 68.9%);
  • 53.3% of grades at the new Grade 7 in English Literature (UK 18.8%)

As Headmaster Simon Antwis, explained, “Although University might seem a long way off when deciding on GCSEs, choices at this stage can directly impact on options when it comes to A-Levels and, in turn when applying to University.”

This year, in unreformed GCSEs, 37.8% (an improvement of just over 7% on 2016) of St. Clare’s grades were at A*-A (UK 22.1%) and 93.3% (an improvement of nearly 4% on 2016) of grades were at A*-C (UK 67.4%), with 86% achieving a “standard pass” at the new Grade 4+ and, even more pleasingly, 68% achieving a “strong pass” at Grade 5+ in English Language and Maths. 23% of St. Clare’s grades (UK 17.4%) were at Grade 7 or above, with Timothy Pottage securing the new top Grade 9 in Maths which is equivalent to an A**!

Sam Chumley and Kate Layland particularly excelled, gaining 6 A*, an A and 8,8,6 grades, and 5A*, 2 As and 8,8,8 grades, respectively. Edwards Pyves also performed superbly well and achieved 5 A*, A, B and 7,7,6 grades. They will all be staying on in St Clare’s excellent Sixth Form and plan to go on to top universities.

Simon Antwis, Headmaster of St. Clare’s School, said, “It is a pleasure to celebrate with our staff and students who have worked so hard to achieve these results. My congratulations go to all of our GCSE students and I wish them every success as they take their next steps into A-Levels and beyond.”

Pupils at St. Clare’s School, in Porthcawl celebrate A Level results and university offers

Sixth Form students from St. Clare’s School are celebrating another year of

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excellent A-Level results, with a 100% pass rate and 34% at A* or A grades.

Straight A students were Thomas Hood, Siobhan Lock and Joshua Williams who have all confirmed places at top destinations.

Head Boy, Thomas Hood achieved an A in Maths, Chemistry and Biology. He joined St. Clare’s in Year 7 and has benefitted from the small classes, high levels of stretch and challenge and the personalised approach to teaching and learning. Thomas has accepted a place at Cardiff University to read Biomedical Science and he plans to go into medicine and become an Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Deputy Head Girl, Siobhan Lock, performed superbly well and achieved an A* in Chemistry and Biology and an A in Psychology and French.  Siobhan joined St. Clare’s in Year 5 and attributes her fantastic results to the staff, “The teachers are really great and they know you really well so they understand how you work best. The grounds are really pretty and we’re so near the beach.” She has accepted a place at Cardiff University to read Psychology and wants to pursue a career as a Clinical Psychologist.

Fellow Sixth Former, Josh Williams (Head of Charities) also achieved an A in History, Spanish and Art. He has been at St Clare’s since Nursery.  Josh has accepted a place at University of Exeter to read Modern Languages (Spanish and Portuguese).

Head, Girl, Carla Prinsloo also gained A* in Art and A* in Textiles and has accepted a place to read Textile Design at the prestigious London College of Fashion. She joined St. Clare’s in Year 6 when her family relocated from Scotland. Once she’s got her degree, Carla plans to do her Masters and become a successful fashion designer.

The 2017 A Level grades build on the excellent results seen in previous years and continue the theme with a 100% success rate. This year, 34% of grades were at A*-A and 80% at A*-C (compared to the national average of 25% and 75% respectively).

At St. Clare’s School, it isn’t just about academic success. Students are offered extra-curricular activities in a wide range of areas, including Sport and Art, and enjoy the rounded education the variety brings. Amy Osborne will be taking a gap year before continuing to pursue her passion for Dance and PE at Cardiff Met and Rebecca James will be studying Equine Science at Hartpury.

Simon Antwis, Headmaster at St. Clare’s School, said, “We are immensely proud of our students’ achievements and it is a pleasure to celebrate with them today after all their hard work. We are delighted that so many of our students have secured places at their first-choice universities, to read competitive subjects such as Biomedical Science, Psychology and Modern Languages. We wish them every success in their continued studies and future careers.”

St Clare's independent school Porthcawl Wales

On Tuesday, 15th November, St Clare’s was visited by Dr. Nigel Holt of Aberystwyth University’s psychology department. He gave an incredible talk to our sixth

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form about hardiness, being a resilient student, and how to perfect that ever important exam technique!

Dr Holt is a friend of St. Clare’s as his nephew attended school here, and it is always a pleasure to see him as he has so much to teach us.

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Mari Bradbury, Head of Art from the Welsh examining board WJEC has been into St Clare’s to choose pieces that will tour England and Wales

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for “outstanding” work for INSET for GCSE and AS/A2 Textile Design work, including a huge textile stag affectionately known as Derek who now stands proudly in the WJEC main entrance in Llandaff.

Students Carla Prinsloo, Christian Prescott, Olivia Thorne and Grace Collier all had their work selected to go on display.

As well as her textile stag, Head Girl, Carla Prinsloo, also had her fairground-inspired dress selected for the prestigious tour.  Carla has been at St Clare’s since Year 5. Christian Prescott who joined the school part way through Year 7 has just started studying Fashion Design at the University of South Wales.

Back in July, the WJEC filmed Carla and Christian talk about their sketchbooks and final pieces. Follow the link to see the short films which have been uploaded to the ‘light box’ section of the WJEC website where the students will take you on a series of inspiring journeys through their textile design work.

Louise Williams, Teacher of Textiles at St Clare’s, said, “WJEC said the submissions of both students reflect the highest standards and most commendable levels of personal engagement and innovation in approach. I was delighted with the AS-A2 textile design results – we had 3 As!”

Headmaster, Simon Antwis said: ““We’re all extremely proud of the students. They have worked incredibly hard. Their results are directly attributable not only to the dedication and perseverance of the students themselves, but also to the quality of teaching delivered here at St Clare’s. “

St Clare’s School, Porthcawl has revived the tradition of rewarding its young achievers with an Annual Prize Day Ceremony. Boys and girls from the Prep

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School right up to Sixth Form received prizes for academic excellence and sporting achievements.

Porthcawl’s famous Grand Pavilion provided a perfect stage to celebrate the achievements of the past year and reinforce ambitions for the coming year.
This year St Clare’s School welcomed the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of Porthcawl as Guests of Honour, with Geoff Howell as Guest Speaker. Geoff, 67, a retired Aerospace Engineer who worked on the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) more commonly known as the “Star Wars” project in the 1980s, is also a Chair of Governors for several schools in Bristol with an excellent reputation for championing the education of pupils. He visited the school in the morning and described his life’s work in a Physics Masterclass for the pupils and presented the prizes in the afternoon. Addressing a full house at The Grand Pavilion, he shared some of his favourite motivational quotes with the audience, “Education is what remains after you have forgotten everything you learned in school”, “Live the life you imagine” and “Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship”.

Headmaster Simon Antwis commented: “St Clare’s Prize Day is a chance to celebrate the achievements of our pupils and to showcase some of their talents. It’s also a chance to reflect on a significant year in the history of the school and of course an opportunity to meet and talk with each other.“

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