UWC of the Atlantic
UWC of the Atlantic
Location: Vale of Glamorgan, Wales; student profile 350 students aged 16–19; founded 1962
Founded in 1962, Atlantic College was the first UWC. The college is located in the 12th century St Donats Castle on the dramatic South Wales coastline, overlooking the Bristol Channel.
Campus and facilities
St Donats Castle houses classrooms, performance hall, dining hall and a library collection of more than 25,000 volumes in a variety of languages. Also on campus are student residency houses, well-equipped science laboratories, computer facilities, music practice rooms, theatre, student social centre and an independent arts centre.
Since the 1970s when Atlantic College was the first school in the world to adopt the IB diploma as its sole syllabus, it has been actively involved in the development of the International Baccalaureate Diploma curriculum. Today the college continues to build upon the success of the IB diploma, with teaching staff pioneering new classes such as Environmental Systems, Political Thought, World Religions and Peace and Conflict studies.
Activities and community service
As with all the UWC colleges, service is a key part of the ethos and students at Atlantic College have some unique opportunities to help others and learn about themselves. On account of the college’s coastal location, students can train to become full members of rescue services such as beach Lifeguards, Cliff Rescue and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). There is an RNLI station on campus with students and staff providing 24 hour sea rescue for the local area. Also located on campus is the ExtraMural Centre (EMC), where students teach demanding outdoor activities and skills to some 3,000 disadvantaged or disabled visitors each year.
In addition to community service, students also enjoy a wide range of extracurricular activities, lectures and debates that help to develop lively, critical and informed minds. Weekly music concerts, national cultural evenings, visiting speakers, and student debates on international issues enrich the experience and reflect the diverse cultures represented at the college.
“The world has so much meaning for me now. When there is something happening in a specific country, it is not a country to me, but a person, a face.” Samantha, South Africa
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