A Catholic college for the community seeking to discover and realise the full potential of all, in an atmosphere of love, service and respect inspired by Christ.
St David’s enjoys a unique position in educational terms as it’s the only Catholic sixth form college in Wales. It was founded by the Archdiocese of Cardiff to be a place where faith is respected and encouraged, a deeply human place where people find understanding and friendship.
Although admissions priority is given to students from our five Catholic partner schools, we welcome students of other faiths and backgrounds. Whoever you are, and whatever it is that makes you unique in the sight of God, we will value that uniqueness at St David’s.
We are very proud of our reputation for academic excellence, in 2019 28.3% of students achieved grade ‘A*’ or ‘A’ at A-Level and 405 students progressed to University – of which 40% went to Russell Group Universities. (2020 & 2021 figures were higher. 2019 was the last year in which exams took place).
Student support is a central pillar of the college as confirmed in the 2019 Estyn Report on the college, in which St David’s was praised for its high standards of learning and the leadership and management of the College. The inspectors commented “Overall, learners achieve outstanding grades at the end of their courses relative to their prior GCSE attainment” and noted that “the principal and senior leaders have established an ethos, based on the Catholic faith, which is welcoming and inclusive of learners of all faiths and backgrounds”.
Because we’re based on one compact campus, near the centre of Cardiff, we’re a real community with a very supportive atmosphere. The choice of subjects here is surprisingly large – far more than can be offered at most schools.
It is our hope that this strong academic and caring ethos will inspire you to reach your full potential.
– Mark Leighfield, Principal & Christian Mahoney, Chair of Governors.