St Gerard's School 圣杰雅德中学, Ffriddoedd Road, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2EL
Tel: 01248 351656
• CO-ED, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 355, Upper sixth 20
• Termly fees £1170–£1770
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
What it’s like
Founded in 1915, it was in the care of the Sisters of Mercy until transferred to
lay management in 1990; a lay Head was appointed in 1991. Now co-educational, it
was founded as a girls’ school and first accepted boys in 1983. It is
single-site and semi-rural and has pleasant buildings in wooded grounds. A Roman
Catholic foundation, it is ecumenical and its ethos is firmly based on Christian
principles. A sound education is provided, and the examination results are very
good. Despite a wide catchment area, there is a number of after-school
activities, sport and drama. There are national and county players in a variety
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 355 day pupils (165 boys, 190 girls).
Senior department 11–18, 255 pupils (125 boys, 130 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 3, 7, 11, 13 and 16. Own entrance exam used;
for sixth-form entry, 6 GCSEs at least grade B (including sixth-form subjects).
No special skills or religious requirements. State school entry, 3% senior
intakes plus 10% to sixth form.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Infrequent financial help, according
to need. Parents not expected to buy textbooks; other extras £60 per term per
subject (eg music).
Parents Farmers, hoteliers, medical and other professionals.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Miss Anne Parkinson, appointed in 1991. Educated at
Llanrwst Grammar and University of Wales (modern languages). Previously Senior
Mistress at More House School, London.
Teaching staff: 20 full time, 12 part time.
GCSE: In 2003, 33 pupils in Year 11: 95% gained at least grade C in 5+
subjects. Average GCSE score 58 (60 over 5 years).
A-levels: 21 in upper sixth: Average final point score achieved by upper
sixth formers 364.
University & college entrance 99% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (2% after a gap year). 50% took courses in science &
engineering, 40% in humanities & social sciences, 10% in art & design.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and
A-levels: 15 GCSE subjects, 13 AS/A-level.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies is not taken. Key skills not taught (although all do ECDL).
Special provision: Children with slight learning problems can be catered
Languages: French, German offered to GCSE and A-level and Welsh to GCSE.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson/week) and across the
curriculum; all pupils take ECDL in Year 11. 50+ computers for pupil use (9
hours a day), many networked, all with e-mail and broadband internet access.
Music: Approx 20% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental
exams can be taken. 2 musical groups: choir and orchestra.
Drama & dance: Both offered. Drama offered at GCSE and AS-level. LAMDA
exams may also be taken. Some pupils are involved in school and house/other
Art & design: Broad range of media offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Netball (girls), football (boys), basketball, hockey, tennis,
athletics, volleyball compulsory. Optional sports include rugby, gymnastics,
badminton. National and county players in badminton, gymnastics, sailing,
football, rugby and athletics.
Uniform: School uniform worn, except in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Prefects, head boy/girl, head of house and house
prefects – elected by the sixth form.
Religion: Compulsory assembly (parents have right of withdrawal).
Social: Games fixtures and occasional joint ventures with other schools.
Meals: packed lunches. School tuck shop. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline The school has a code of discipline: infringements may
incur detention. The school reserves the right to suspend and/or exclude pupils.