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: 126 (Boys) 124 (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.

Facilities

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 Cheverton comes over to teach the children Spanish while the nursery staff use incidental Welsh throughout the day. Prep School children also benefit from specialist teaching in Science, Spanish, PE, Music and Art. This enables us to offer a successful yet challenging and stimulating educational environment.

At St. Clare’s School, we endeavour to educate the whole child. Our aim is to send young people out into the world of work as responsible, balanced young citizens. Developing life-skills and character education have always been at the forefront of our day to day pastoral care at St. Clare’s but last year, we explicitly addressed their development through our new enrichment programme. Our hope is to offer activities that will form an essential part of promoting employability and enhancing academic attainment, whilst teaching our young people essential life skills that will have benefits well beyond the classroom. Alongside the planned activities, the PE department will be running sporting fixtures and a variety of tournaments, minimising the impact on the academic curriculum. The Maths Department will also offer additional Statistics and Further Maths GCSEs to their more able Year 10 mathematicians.

Our Science laboratories have recently been completely refurbished and offer even greater opportunities to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics at GCSE and A-Level. Our impressive sports fields and Multi Use Games Area offer fantastic much greater opportunities for pupils across the whole school to participate in outdoor sports. Our bespoke Art building is being completely refurbished this summer and will offer even greater opportunities to study Art, Textiles and Graphics at GCSE and A-Level.

Sixth Form pupils are taught in small tutorial-style groups. The brand new Sixth Form Centre has improved technology and modern 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 until 5.30pm. International students are welcomed.

Scholarships

Academic, Sports. Please contact the school for details.

Open Days

2019. Fri., 20th September and Fri. 18th October

Fees

2019/2020. Nursery (full-time to include a hot lunch and after school care) - Year 6: £2,232 - £2,846 per term. Year 7 – Year 13: £3,784 - £4,071 per term. There is a 3rd and 4th sibling discount.

Reports

Estyn Inspection 2015

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Helen Hier

Contact for enquiries: Holly Fowlkes, Registrar

St Clare’s School
Newton
Porthcawl
Glamorgan
CF36 5AS

[t]: 01656 789966
[w]: www.stclares-school.co.uk

Location Description

St. Clare’s is situated in 11 ½ acres of magnificent grounds in the historic village of Newton, close to the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and convenient for nearby Swansea, Neath, Bridgend, Cowbridge and the Vale of Glamorgan.

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School News

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Pupils at St. Clare’s School in Porthcawl are celebrating excellent GCSE results today, having significantly outperformed their peers nationally.

A staggering 91.2% of grades achieved were

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4+ (A*-C) while 43.5% of grades awarded were 7+ (A*/A), compared to 67% and 20.6% respectively compared with the UK national average.  Almost 25% of all grades at St Clare’s were 8 or 9, the latter being the equivalent of an A** to show exceptional performance. 10.6% of entries was a grade 9 (A**) compared to 4.5% nationally; that’s almost one in every nine entries and more than double the UK average. An exceptional set of results for the small, non-selective independent school.

Results in specific subject areas were exceptional.  In Biology 47% of grades were Grade 7+ (A) versus UK national average of 42.3%. In Maths 90% of grades were Grade 4+ (C) versus the UK national average of 59.6%. In English Literature 11% of grades were Grade 9 (A**) and in English Language 5.5% at Grade 9 (A**) versus the UK national average 2.2%. In Art 37.5% of grades were Grade 9 (A**) versus the UK national average of 5.8% and 100% at Grade 6+ (B).

A number of individual pupils excelled including Lucy Baynham and Theo Quantick. Lucy’s grades included six 9s, three 8s, one 7, and an A in Further Maths, whilst Theo’s included five grade 9s, two 8s, two 7s and a 6.  Ben Fodor, Amelia Jenkins, Carys Lock, Emily Smith and Kym Zhang also performed superbly well and will be joining St Clare’s excellent Sixth Form in September.

Headteacher Helen Hier 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.”

St Clare’s delivers the English curriculum for GCSE examinations and not the Welsh which means that its students sat the new reformed GCSEs this summer in all subjects apart from Further Maths.

The reformed GCSEs are more exacting and the examinations are sat at the end of Year 11 with very little or no coursework and rely on the performance of the pupil on the day. The examinations are challenging and are designed to match standards in the strongest performing education systems elsewhere in the world.

Today’s excellent GCSE results follow last week’s outstanding A-Level results where students achieved 40% at A*/A.

Limited places are available in St Clare’s Sixth Form for September 2019. Call the admissions team on (01656) 789966 or visit www.stclares-school.co.uk to learn more.

Photo: Celebrations for students at St. Clare’s School, in Porthcawl on results day 2019

St Clare's independent school Porthcawl Wales

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 that trump the national picture.

A superb 65% of grades were A*/B compared to 51% nationally while 40% of grades were A*/A compared to 25% nationally.  21% of students achieved AAB or higher in at least two facilitating subjects.

Straight A students were Tim Pottage, Sam Chumley, Grace Parker and Sherif Hassn who have confirmed places at top university destinations. Tim, a Senior Prefect, achieved an A* in Maths, an A* in Further Maths and an A in Physics and has accepted a place at Oxford University to read Engineering Science. Head Boy, Sam, achieved an A* in Biology, and an A in Chemistry and Maths and will read Medicine at Cardiff University. Sherif, a Senior Prefect, achieved an A in Maths, Physics and Chemistry and has accepted a place at Leeds University to read Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering. Grace achieved an A* in Graphics and an A in History and English Literature and has accepted a place at Exeter to read English Literature.

Helen Hier, Head of 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 students have secured places at their first-choice universities, to read competitive subjects such as Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacy and Accounting. We wish them every success in their continued studies and future careers.”

The 2019 A Level grades build on the excellent results seen in previous years. This year, 40% of grades were at A*-A, 65% at A*/B and 89% of grades were at A*-C.

The majority of St Clare’s students gained a place to study at their first-choice university, including top leaver destinations, Oxford, Exeter and Cardiff.

Pictured: Pupils at St. Clare’s School, in Porthcawl celebrate another brilliant set of A Level results and university offers

 

 

 

 

St Clare's Porthcawl independent school Glamorgan South Wales

Leading independent school in south Wales opened its doors to the public for its annual Summer Exhibition. Staff, parents and family members of pupils past

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and present gathered to admire the large collection of work. Guests included the Mayor of Porthcawl, Cllr Graham Walter, David Shillaw and Jeff John of Porthcawl RNLI Fundraising Group as well as Porthcawl Rotarians and Vale Life magazine.

A-Level textiles student Chloe Atkinson, whose father is an RNLI volunteer, had made a stunning wedding dress from recycled plastics. Her beautiful dress will be on display at the Porthcawl Fashion & Food Festival at the Grand Pavilion.

A stunning mix of portraits, prints, pop art, seascapes, 3D design pieces, films and dresses filled the school hall and graphics suite and were admired by the large crowd of guests. The Art and Design Department at St. Clare’s School boasts tremendous examination results every summer and students have gone on to study at top universities for Art. Admission was free but any donations were given to the RNLI.

St Clare’s offer textiles, graphic design and fine art at A-Level as well as GCSE.  In each subject, pupils are given a lot of flexibility and are able to choose their own theme which they wish to develop. Pupils then create design briefs and extensive portfolios of work before completing their final pieces and sitting their practical exams.

Teachers, Mrs Williams and Mrs Trenoweth said, “We’re extremely proud of all our students and thank parents, pupils and others for attending the art show.

Headteacher, Helen Hier, was delighted to see such a great turnout at the Summer Art Exhibition. “Once again it was a pleasure to marvel at the talent and sheer imagination of our A-Level and GCSE art, textiles and graphics students. Congratulations to all our students for their fantastic results. Well done and thank you to our inspirational teachers who continue to ignite in young people a passion for Art at St. Clare’s.”

Picture: A-Level Textiles student Chloe (centre) with Jeff John and David Shillaw of Porthcawl RNLI Fundraising Group

St Clare's Porthcawl independent school South Wales

The end of Upper Nursery marks a significant achievement at St. Clare’s, Porthcawl as the boys and girls prepare to move up into Reception class in September.

The ‘Busy

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Bees’ (Rising 4s) celebrated their nursery graduation last Friday as proud parents, grandparents and siblings came to celebrate this important milestone in the children’s lives. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when they watched the enchanting film of the nursery made by Simon Huntley of Santori films.

The children looked so smart dressed in their royal blue caps and gowns and they received their graduation certificates on stage as part of the ceremony.  They then showcased their Spanish skills by singing Hola Amigos with their Spanish teacher, Mrs Cheverton.  The Infants choir also sang a beautiful song for the delighted audience.

“It was a very emotional day but we are all so proud of the children and wish them well as they set off on their next adventure in our Prep School,” said Headteacher, Helen Hier.

Picture caption:  St Clare’s Nursery pupils graduate with flying colours

St Clare's independent school Porthcawl

St Clare’s decided to help clean up the plastic waste we unfortunately now find in our oceans and on all of our beaches / coastal

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areas due to modern day living. As anyone who has watched Blue Planet will know, at least 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in the oceans every year where it chokes, entangles and poisons marine life.  The clean-up is a community element of the school’s new Enrichment Programme includes everything from debating skills, music, cookery, film and Duke of Edinburgh.

Despite strong gales, the Year 7 and Year 8 pupils armed with litter-pickers had a very successful clean-up and collected bags full of plastics which had washed up onto Newton Beach after the very heavy winds.

Headteacher, Helen Hier said, “St Clare’s takes its social responsibility very seriously and outdoor learning is important to the wellbeing of our pupils from our Nursery 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.”

Staff and pupils all took part in the Race for Life, a tremendous effort to raise money for three cancer charities last week. Boys and

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girls from the Prep School, Senior School and Sixth Form came to school in pink sportswear to run the Race for Life and fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK, Cost of Cancer and Breast Cancer Awareness. More than one in three of us will get cancer and for most of us it will be the toughest fight we ever face

Visitors to the school may have been surprised to see quite so much pink being worn in school but it was all for a good cause! Much of the fundraising was co-ordinated by St Clare’s Sixth Formers. During the morning, there were very popular cake sales. Staff and pupils all took part in 1K, 3K and 5K sponsored runs in glorious sunshine during the afternoon.

Well done to everyone who took part and for raising so much money for such worthwhile cancer charities. Thank you to all our lovely parents and families for sponsoring us so generously.  Click on our  Community page to see lots more photos

St Clare's independent school Porthcawl Wales

Pupils at St. Clare’s School in Porthcawl are celebrating excellent GCSE results today, having significantly outperformed their peers nationally.

A staggering 95.6% of grades achieved were

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4+ (A*-C) while 51.3% of grades awarded were 7+ (A*/A), compared to 61.6% and 18.5% respectively across Wales. Almost a third of all grades at St Clare’s were 8 or 9, the latter being the equivalent of an A** to show exceptional performance.

A number of individual pupils excelled including Alys Ridsdale and Ben Martin. Alys’s grades included eight 9s, two 8s, two 7s, an A* and an A* with Distinction, whilst Ben’s included five grade 9s, two 8s, two 7s and A* with Distinction. Sarah Davies, Molly Jones, Jake Bromhead and Huw Tucker also performed superbly well and will be joining St Clare’s excellent Sixth Form in September.

Headteacher Helen Hier 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.”

St Clare’s delivers the English curriculum for GCSE examinations and not the Welsh which means that its students sat the new reformed GCSEs this summer in all subjects apart from Psychology, Business and Further Maths.

The new GCSEs are more exacting and the examinations are sat at the end of Year 11 with very little or no coursework and rely on the performance of the pupil on the day. They cover more challenging content and are designed to match standards in the strongest performing education systems elsewhere in the world.

Today’s excellent GCSE results follow last week’s outstanding A-Level results where students achieved 78% at A*/B. Delighted parents were this morning shown around the newly refurbished Sixth Form Centre and Mrs Hier announced there would be an all-expenses paid trip to Barcelona in October half-term for Year 12.

Limited places are available in St Clare’s Sixth Form for September 2018. Call the admissions team on (01656) 789966 or visit www.stclares-school.co.uk to learn more.

Pictured: Pupils at St Clare’s School, in Porthcawl celebrate GCSE results

St Clare's independent school Porthcawl Wales

Sixth Form students from St. Clare’s School are celebrating another year of excellent A Level results that trump the national picture. A superb 78% of

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grades achieved were A*/B compared to 52% nationally while 16% were A* – almost double the national results.

Straight A students were Freya Harding and Megan Greenwood who have confirmed places at top destinations. Megan, Deputy Head Prefect, achieved an A* in Biology and an A in Maths and Chemistry and has accepted a place at Cardiff University to read Dentistry.

She joined St. Clare’s in Year 10 and attributes her fantastic results to the school’s small class sizes which she said were “extremely helpful in bridging the academic gap between GCSE and A Levels.” “The Sixth Form also provides many opportunities throughout the two years which help to build a strong personal statement, ready for university applications,” added Megan.

Freya, a Senior Prefect, achieved an A* in History and French and an A in Spanish and will study Spanish and Italian at St. Andrews. Freya joined St Clare’s at Year 12 and recommends joining into Sixth Form. “The small Sixth Form is a benefit in classes as well as during free lessons as there is a lot less distraction for independent study.”

Head Student, Hannah Hart achieved an A* in Art and B in Spanish and Psychology and has accepted a place at Exeter University to read Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish and Italian). Hannah has been a pupil at St. Clare’s since Nursery and her mother and grandmother also attended the independent school.

Helen Hier, Head of 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 to hear that so many students have secured places at their first-choice universities, to read competitive subjects such as Dentistry, Chemical Engineering and Law. We wish them every success in their continued studies and future careers.”

The 2018 A Level grades build on the excellent results seen in previous years and continue the theme with a 100% pass rate for five consecutive years. This year, 40.5% of grades were at A*-A, 78.4% at A*-B and 92% at A*-C, compared to the national average of 26.3%, 52% and 76.3% respectively.

The majority of St Clare’s students gained a place to study at their first-choice university, including top leaver destinations, Cardiff, St. Andrews, Exeter and Loughborough.

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

St Clare's Porthcawl independent school Glamorgan South 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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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 Daynurseries.co.uk. 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.”

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