Howell's School GDST
豪威尔中学（豪威尔学校） 兰达夫, Llandaff, Cardiff CF5 2YD Tel: 029 2056
2019 Fax: 029 2057 8879
• GIRLS, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 734, Upper sixth 74
• Termly fees £1435–£2310
• GSA, GDST
• Enquiries/application to the Admissions Officer
(tel 029 2056 2920)
What it’s like
Established in 1860, Howell’s School occupies a commanding 11-acre site in the
cathedral village of Llandaff, a suburb of Cardiff. The splendid mid-Victorian
Gothic building has been enlarged and adapted; facilities now include a Great
Hall, drama studio, recording studios, technology centre, indoor swimming pool,
sports complex and 5 ICT suites. There is a sixth-form centre with ample
facilities for study, leisure and teaching. The junior school is currently being
expanded to accommodate more pupils. Pastoral care is well-structured, through
the tutorial and house systems. Academic standards are high and examination
results very good. It is very strong in music and drama. There is a wide range
of games and sports in which high standards are achieved, with national and
county representatives in many of them. Extra-curricular activities are
encouraged. There are work experience and work shadowing programmes, in the UK,
France and Germany.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 734 day girls. Senior department
11–18, 536 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 3, 4, 11 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C (grade B in sixth-form subjects). No
special skills or religious requirements. State school entry 60% main senior
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Approx 2 pa academic scholarships,
value up to 50% fees (1 each at 11 and 16). 15+ bursaries at 11, and others for
current pupils if parents suffer financial difficulty. Text books, examination
entries etc included in fees.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Jane Fitz, in post from 1991. Educated at Launceston
High School, Tasmania, and at universities of Tasmania (biological sciences) and
London (chemistry). Previously Headmistress at Notting Hill High, Second
Mistress and Head of Chemistry at South Hampstead High, and Head of Chemistry at
Teaching staff: 53 full time, 17 part time. Annual turnover 10%.
GCSE: In 2003, 81 pupils in Year 11, 98% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects. Average GCSE score 62 (over 5 years).
A-levels: 74 in Year 13: 95% passed in 3 subjects. Average final point
score achieved by upper sixth formers 362.
University & college entrance 96% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (24% after a gap year), 8% to Oxbridge. 18% took courses in
the arts, 30% in medicine, pharmacy, science & engineering, 12% in law, 18% in
business studies, 20% in other subjects eg IT, physiotherapy, performing arts,
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 18 AS and A-level subjects.
Integrated PSE programme; peer-led drug education.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies is not taken. 33+% take science A-levels; 33% arts/humanities;
Vocational: Work experience for all Year 11, and available for Year 12
linguists in Europe. Careers guidance advisors, seminars, psychometric testing
Special provision: Dyslexia unit.
Languages: French, Latin, German and Welsh offered at GCSE, AS and
A-level. Regular trips to France and Germany.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject and across the curriculum, eg
research using internet, word processing and DTP to produce coursework. 180
computers for pupil use (9 hours a day), all networked and with e-mail and
internet access. ECDL course for those not taking ICT at GCSE.
Music: Over 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. 23 musical groups including 4 choirs, madrigal, 3 large
orchestras, many chamber groups, including jazz, pop and classical groups. 2
pupils member of the Welsh National Youth Opera. Large proportion of girls
involved in music at county level, some at national.
Drama & dance: Both offered. LAMDA exams may be taken. Majority of pupils
are involved in school and house/other productions.
Art & design: Design, pottery, textiles, photography, print making, art
history, sculpture, graphics also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Options include gymnastics, dance, hockey, football, lacrosse,
netball, tennis, cricket, swimming, rounders, athletics, basketball, badminton,
volleyball, cross-country, fencing, lifesaving, aerobics, aquarobics. RLSS exams
may be taken. National representatives at eg sailing, tennis, swimming, hockey,
fencing, gymnastics, lacrosse; county representatives at netball, hockey,
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service compulsory for sixth form. Up to 20 clubs, eg BAYS,
classics, drama, astronomy, debating, various sports and public speaking. Also
Young Enterprise Scheme, Engineering Project, Achievers International, CEWE
(Council for Education in World Citizenship), World Challenge.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: House system, both pastoral and competitive and
including school eisteddfodau. Prefects (each with specific responsibilities),
head girl and deputies.
Social: Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed. Second-hand
Discipline Relatively minor disciplinary matters dealt with either by
the relevant member of staff or Head of Section. Strong anti-bullying policy,
all girls sign an anti-bullying contract.
Alumni association is run by Mrs N Davies, Tywennol, Heol-y-Parc,
Pentyrch, Cardiff CF15 9NB
Former pupils Baroness Jean McFarlane (Prof of Nursing); Dr
Anne-Rosalie David (Chair of Egyptology, Manchester University); Felicity Hunt
(Cambridge University’s Equal Opportunities Officer); Linda Mitchell (TV
presenter); Sarah Powell (BBC producer), Meriel Beattie (BBC News Reporter),
Lucy Cohen (HTV news reporter); Jane Crowley QC (Wales’s first woman QC); Helen
Conway (Chief Executive Cardiff Chamber of Commerce);Charlotte Church (singer).