St Clare’s School

Nestled in 11 acres of magnificent grounds away from the hustle and bustle of city life is St Clare’s, a happy and high-achieving all-through school from Nursery to Sixth Form. A nurturing environment where your child will realise their full potential.

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    St Clare’s School

    St Clare’s is a happy and high-achieving independent day school in Mid-Glamorgan. Discover an unrivalled educational experience from Nursery to Sixth Form, combining academic excellence with outstanding pastoral care and a wide-ranging extra-curricular programme.

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

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Day

    Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational

    Roll: 129 Boys / / 131 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 conveniently close to the M4/A48 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: General Enquiries: 01656 782509 Admissions: 01656 789966



    St Clare’s is a happy and high-achieving independent day school with a strong academic profile.

    We are delighted that our Nursery has been recognised as a Daynurseries UK ‘Top 20’ Rated Nursery (Wales) for the third year running. 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/French, Forest School, PE and optional ballet as well as a healthy hot lunch and free after school care until 5:30pm. Prep School children also benefit from specialist teaching in Spanish/French, PE, Music and Forest School This enables us to offer a successful yet challenging and stimulating educational environment.

    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. St Clare’s is in the top 5% of schools in the UK for ALPS (A-Level Performance System) since 2018. Sixth Form students are taught in small tutorial-style groups.

    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 is a proud member of the Cognita global family of schools. We benefit from the support that being part of a global group brings, as well its culture of academic excellence.  Launched in 2004, Cognita is an extraordinary family of diverse yet connected schools joining forces in an inspiring world of education with one common purpose: building self-belief and empowering individuals to succeed.  With over 100 schools in Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America and Asia, Cognita employs 15,000 teaching and support staff in the care and education of more than 75,000 students. Cognita schools provide a uniquely global education that goes beyond grades to develop all-round academic excellence – building resilient minds and encouraging positive international perspectives on a firm foundation of wellbeing.

    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: £2,716 – £3,464 per term.

    Year 7 – Year 13: £4,605 – £4,954 per term.

    Sibling discount is available.


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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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    • Daynurseries UK Top 20 Day...

      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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