A SCHOOL founded seven years ago is in the running for one of the most prestigious awards in the annual public school Oscars.

Myddelton College in Denbigh has been shortlisted for Co-Educational School of the Year in the Independent Schools of the Year awards to be announced at a ceremony in London on October 10.

The school, which only opened its doors in 2016, is alongside some of the UK’s oldest and most famous private schools including the likes of Rugby, Roedean, Strathallan, Shrewsbury School and Wales’s only other finalist Cardiff High School.

In their category they will be battling it out with the likes of Charterhouse, founded in 1611 and whose former pupils include the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, and King’s Worcester, which dates back to 1541 and whose first headmaster was appointed by Henry VIII.

Denbighshire Free Press: Myddelton College pupils on an outdoor exercise.Myddelton College pupils on an outdoor exercise. (Image: Mandy Jones Photography)
Andrew Allman, Myddelton College Headmaster, said: “We’re keeping exalted company and the schools in the finals include some of the oldest and best-known in the world.

“But we have seen tremendous growth in the past 12 months and have made remarkable progress and we believe that our commitment to excellence, inclusivity, and holistic education has paved the way for numerous achievements and innovative initiatives that set us apart.

“Our student body has grown from 65 to over 350 and this is a testimony to the trust and confidence parents have placed in our ability to nurture and educate their children.


“We are proud of our Combined Cadet Force Gold Employer Recognition Award, while we are one of the few schools in Wales to receive Military recognition, enabling us to provide specialised support to boarders from military backgrounds.

“We are also the only Microsoft Showcase School in Wales and have been selected to participate in trials for Microsoft's new technologies, ensuring our students stay at the forefront of digital learning and innovation.

“We have invested time in developing football, tennis, basketball, and equestrian academies and our Outdoor Education Program has become a cornerstone of our curriculum, encouraging students to develop leadership skills and resilience.

“We also promote a worldwide outlook, releasing a song to raise money for the victims of the earthquake in Syria and Turkey and have forged links with schools around the world

“We embrace Mindfulness to encourage emotional wellbeing through activities ranging from horse riding to yoga, LGBTQ Pride to gardening, and we have built strong bonds with the local community by making many of our facilities available to local clubs and organisations.”

In September two students from the school began their studies at Oxford University with Penny Johnson, from Colwyn Bay, at Somerville College to study Psychology and Linguistics while Coby Chan, from Hong Kong, winner of a gold award at the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad, is reading Chemistry at Wadham College.