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Do you want to go to... Atlantic College and Llantwit Major?

ONLY ONE WEEK until we take our autumn trip to the Vale of Glamorgan and the Royal Mint in Llantrisant. 
This wonderful part of Wales is very hard to reach by public transport and you can only visit Atlantic College on invitation - and guess what? WE ARE INVITED! 

Students from Peartree Languages Atlantic College
Don’t miss this chance to see some spectacular Welsh coast line and also eat lunch in one of the most prestigious schools in the world, in Harry Potter style. 

To find out more about Llantwit Major or Atlantic College, keep on reading. 

To join us, just email to book your place... 

Atlantic College is located at St Donat's Castle, a lovely 12th-century castle near the town of Llantwit Major. The castle has been continuously inhabited since it was first built and it lies on an elevation to the east of a small valley opening to the sea between precipitous sea cliffs to both east and west.

Atlantic College 
 The extensive grounds also include the 12th-century St Donat's Church and the historic terraced gardens, as well as preserved woodland, farmland and heritage coastline. Within the castle grounds lies St Donat's Arts Centre, housed in a 14th-century tithe barn which has been converted to a professionally equipped theatre, together with a contrasting new addition of the Glass Room. The centre provides a programme of cinema, exhibitions, festivals and live shows. Studying there is a magical experience thanks to its similarity to Harry Potter’s school, Hogwarts!

St Donat's Castle is the impressive main building of the College, housing the Tudor Great Hall, the Gothic Dining Hall, the Bradenstoke Hall used for assemblies and performances, an extensive 25,000-book Library, staff offices, student common areas and certain academic departments such as History, Economics and Theory of Knowledge.

Our students enjoying canoeing

Nicky and our students climbing
The College has also a strong tradition of boat design and boat building! It has an active lifeboat station within its grounds, and its Atlantic 75 class boat is manned by staff and students from the College. The Atlantic College is known for its liberal, progressive and radical education, its global ethos and its strong focus on local and global sustainability. It is attended by approximately 350 students from more than 90 countries! Founded by the German educationalist Kurt Hahn, the college's stated mission is to "make education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future".
 Atlantic College was hailed by The Times as "the most exciting experiment in education since the Second World War.”

Llantwit Major

Llantwit Major is a lovely, small coastal town in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, lying on the Bristol Channel coast.

The town's name in Welsh, Llanilltud Fawr, is derived from the name of Saint Illtud, who came to the area from Brittany, Gaul. He founded the monastery of Illtud and the college attached to it, Cor Tewdws, which would grow into one of the most esteemed Christian colleges of the times. The modern town of Llantwit developed rapidly in the 20th century to accommodate Royal Air Force personnel from the base built at nearby St Athan, but it retains its medieval cobbled streets and buildings of the 15th and 16th centuries.

Llantwit Major

The Llantwit Major area is built on a range of different levels and the town itself is sloping. At the lower coastal level is the flat, glacial Collugh Valley, marked by steep cliffs on both sides, leading to a pebble beach. The steep cliffs at Llantwit which allow walks along the coast to St Donat's Castle and Atlantic College have undergone dramatic erosion in recent years with the result that, in many places, the rock structure has collapsed in piles, particularly on the eastern face. The beach, located to the south of the town, has the remains of an ancient old stone wall from the large Iron Age hill fort, Castle Ditches, which was once located here. Llantwit Major beach has one of the finest sites in Wales for Jurassic fossils, including corals, giant brachiopods, gastropods and the bones of Ichthyosaurus! The beach is a popular tourist destination during the summer months and has a campsite on the nearby fields.

For more about the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, take a look at last week’s post in Peartree Life. 
The Royal Mint, a place where the money is made

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