History and Leadership

Opened in 1962 with Rear Admiral Desmond Hoare as Headmaster, the concept of Atlantic College was born during a lecture visit by Dr Kurt Hahn to the NATO Defense College in Paris in 1955, where he met British Commandant Air Marshal Sir Lawrance Darvall.

Atlantic College was designed to promote international understanding through education, to break down national barriers in education, particularly in the field of university admission, and to make education a force to unite nations.

In 1968, Lord Mountbatten took up the new position as President of the international Council of the United World Colleges.

Since then a further 15 colleges have opened across the globe.

Rear Admiral Hoare

Rear Admiral Hoare at the time the college opened

Take a look back at Atlantic College in 1964. A film by Cardiff amateur Cine Society.

The film captures the early days of Atlantic College, how it came about, the founding fathers and some of our early students



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