This is a landmark school year for Howell’s School, Llandaff GDST: it is 160 years since the school opened its doors and began teaching Cardiff’s daughters to learn without limits.
Visionary Principal Sally Davis presides over excellent academic results, and in August 2020 results at Howell’s were excellent. At GCSE, 60% of all grades were at A* or level 9-8, and 82% were at A*-A or level 9-7. In the Co-Ed College, over 30% of students achieved an impressive A* at A-level, with 55% of grades at A*-A. Students took up places at leading universities across the UK, including Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Durham, Edinburgh and Central Saint Martins.
All National Curriculum subjects including Welsh are taught at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. In Year 7, French, Spanish and Welsh are on offer. Latin is introduced in Year 8. First language Welsh is taught on demand. There is a broad range of subjects available in the College. Examinations in a number of AS subjects are taken at the end of Year 12. Active learning styles are an essential part of the classroom experience, and the curriculum is made more diverse with:
- Educational visits, locally and abroad
- Visiting authors, poets, musicians, artists and lecturers
- Special activity weeks focusing on particular areas of the curriculum
Extracurricular opportunities include:
Orchestras, choirs, chamber and jazz groups
Reading and reviewing, eco, science, mathematics, history, geography, language and religious and cultural clubs
Concerts, plays, a drama festival and eisteddfodau
Tennis, hockey, rounders, swimming, athletics, cross-country, netball, rugby and football teams
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Envision and Interact
Quiz, public speaking and debating teams
Community service and fundraising for charities
The school seeks to support the widest range of students’ needs through specialist dyslexia teaching at our on-site Dyslexia Institute satellite, and through an extensive careers programme.