School of Nations at Atlantic College

An education at UWC Atlantic is transformational. Students come with a vision and graduate empowered to create a positive impact in the world.

Founded in 1962, UWC Atlantic is the flagship college of the inspirational UWC global education movement, comprising 17 schools and colleges worldwide and is the co-creator of the International Baccalaureate. Based in the 12th Century St Donat’s Castle, a 122 acre site that includes its own seafront, woodland and farmland, the diversity of the student body is based on the ability to reach out to attract and encourage young people aged 16-19 from vastly differing political, religious, ethnic and socio-economic environments.

Thanks to a robust global scholarship programme, students are selected on their promise and potential to make a difference in the fields of sustainability, social justice and peace.

These inspirational young people, the next generation of leaders, go on to universities, careers and lives that create positive impact locally, nationally and internationally.

Says Principal, Peter T. Howe “We are proud to develop potential changemakers, ground breakers, risk takers, future shapers, idea generators and innovators drawn from all levels of society and drawn towards a shared purpose – to embody the UWC spirit, to challenge cynicism with courage, action, and belief, to shape the future and to make the world a better place to live.

“We have always been this way, and in a fractured and shifting world never before has our mission been more relevant or resonant. Fierce hopes, bold dreams and courageous actions are part of the big idea at the heart of the College and the UWC movement – that education is a force for good in the world – to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.”

In this dynamic learning landscape, the IB curriculum is combined with extensive experiential learning focusing on key aspects of peace, a sustainable future and student initiative.

The College entrusts students with authentic responsibility and guides them, through the reassuring presence of adults, to make appropriate choices and to learn from their mistakes. It is through this trust, responsibility and accountability that students learn that they can make a difference (‘You are needed’) and that through effort and engagement they can achieve far more than they ever imagined (‘There is more in you than you think’).

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