St Clare’s School

St Clare’s offers an exceptional education for pupils from Nursery to Sixth form. St Clare’s is part of the global Cognita family of schools.

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    St Clare’s School

    Whether our students are studying online or in school, we’re committed to providing seamless innovative teaching so that they will always feel part of an exciting community that continues to excel.

    Category: Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Day

    Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational

    Roll: 126 Boys / / 124 Girls

    Age Range: 2 1/2 - 18 years

    Founded: 1938

    Location Description

    Nestled in 11 acres of magnificent grounds and tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life is St Clare’s, close to the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and convenient for nearby Swansea, Neath, Bridgend Cowbridge and the Vale of Glamorgan.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mrs Helen Hier

    Contact for enquiries:Holly Fowlkes, Registrar

    Newton, Porthcawl, Glamorgan, CF36 5AS

    Tel: 01656 789966



    St Clare’s is a coeducational independent school with a very strong academic profile.

    Our “excellent” Nursery at St. Clare’s provides a safe, fun and caring environment. This is not just daycare; this is a St Clare’s nursery education for 2 ½ to 4-year-olds with small class sizes, full-time qualified teacher, weekly Spanish and Forest School as well as a healthy hot lunch and free after school care until 5:30pm. 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.

    Our core values are Achievement Challenge Excellence.

    St Clare’s provides a return to traditional values and standards in a modern setting. We believe good manners, high personal standards of dress and a culture of mutual respect and courtesy are extremely important.

    St Clare’s which is part of the global Cognita family of schools, has fast-tracked its programme to equip all pupils from Year 3 to Year 13 with their own personal digital device for use in school and at home. This will enable pupils to be taught at home through online learning during this and any future lockdowns.  While it means that we will be well prepared for lockdowns, this programme is more about the integration of the most beneficial aspects of digital learning in education now and in the future. It will enable our pupils to develop their digital skills, preparing them for life beyond school. In addition, it will allow our teachers to use technology in the best way possible to support personalised learning, from providing feedback through to developing peer-to-peer collaboration skills. We’re confident that we are moving towards the classroom of the future.

    Our academic results at both GCSE and A-Level are excellent and consistently well above the national average thanks to our specialised teaching delivered by experienced subject specialists and examiners.

    Our modern, light and airy Science labs offer great opportunities to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics up to A-Level. Our impressive sports fields and Multi Use Games Area offer fantastic opportunities for pupils across the whole school to participate in outdoor sports. Our recently modernised bespoke Art building offers even greater opportunities to study Art, Textiles and Graphics up to A-Level.

    St Clare’s is in the top 5% of schools in the UK for ALPS (A-Level Performance System) for the last three years. Sixth Form students are taught in small tutorial-style groups. The new state-of-the-art 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.

    St Clare’s will always be small enough to ensure that we have a deep and valuable knowledge of every individual pupil but large enough to create meaningful communities and provide a wide and varied academic, pastoral, enrichment and extra-curricular offer.

    In choosing St Clare’s as a school for your son or daughter you are ensuring that they are educated in a nurturing environment and will realise their full potential.



    Nursery (full-time to include a hot lunch and after school care) – Year 6: £2,377 – £3,031 per term.

    Year 7 – Year 13: £4,030 – £4,335 per term.

    Sibling discount is available.

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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    Please book  HERE to  arrange a personal visit to the school, or a Virtual Conference meeting with the Head,

    For further details contact us on 01656 789966


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    • Global Be Well Day – St...

      St Clare’s School collapsed the curriculum for the entire day to mark Global Be Well Day, a worldwide event led by Cognita, the global group of 85 schools of which St Clare’s is a member. Rachel Smart, Deputy Head (Pastoral and Well-being commented “Our school focuses on wellbeing all year round, but by joining together...

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    • Enrichment Day, January 2022 –...

      A Cognita education is about much more than academics. Equally important is equipping young people with the confidence and resourcefulness that prepares them to grow, thrive and find their success in a fast-changing world. That’s why education extends far beyond the classroom. All our pupils at St Clare’s take part in our bespoke Enrichment Programme...

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    • A-Level excellence yet again –...

      HEADLINE STATS             100% pass rate             61.4% A*/A             86.4% A*/B             St Clare’s School in top 5% of top-performing A-Level schools in the UK for the last three years and expect this to be the same this year             100% first-choice university destinations, including many in the Russell Group.             Theo Quantick, Head...

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      St Clare's Nursery is thrilled to have just won a Daynurseries UK Top 20 Day Nursery (Wales) 2021 Award. Daynurseries UK...

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      The end of upper nursery marks a significant achievement at St Clare’s, Porthcawl as the boys and girls prepared to...

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      We were delighted to welcome Forces Fitness to St Clare’s Senior School last week and the team delivered an exciting and inspiring day of health, well-being and resilience sessions for our students from Year 7 to Year 13. Former military physical training instructor, Sean Molino, who was with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and is now MD...

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    • New Forest School at St...

      We are delighted to announce that St Clare’s School Nursery has launched Forest School. We have a fantastic mini woodland area within our eleven acres of beautiful grounds so it’s the perfect location for the children to explore, have fun and learn. Forest School is an approach to learning that takes children into the great...

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      St Clare’s School, part of the global Cognita family of schools, fast-tracked a new programme to equip all students from Year 3 to Year 13 with their own personal digital device for use in school and at home. This has enabled students to be taught at home through St Clare’s remote learning programme. “A big...

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      Three special visitors were surprised and delighted to receive much-needed funds raised by St. Clare’s, Porthcawl for their cancer charities. Senior and Sixth Form students and staff sported pink back in September to run a “Race for Life” and raised almost two thousand pounds for four cancer charities. The race took place as part of St Clare’s Enrichment...

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    • St. Clare’s School students celebrate...

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

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

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