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Leadership and management are excellent and enable the pupils' excellent achievement and personal development. ISI Report, January 2015

Selecting the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make.

St Columba’s is known for its strong community values. We work in close partnership with parents to provide the supportive care and challenge for boys which enable them to flourish. At each phase of education, Prep and Senior School, we strive for academic excellence, whilst realising that it is whole person education that best prepares boys for the world and workplace of tomorrow. We aim for each boy to achieve ‘his own best standard’.

Through a Columban education, your son will discover much about himself and also about the contribution he can make to society at large. This is a vibrant community, where your son will make lifelong friends. He will become a confident, resilient and compassionate young man, who will be well prepared to make his way in the world and to leave people and places better than he finds them.

Our students are the best evidence of what a Columban education can produce. Having browsed our website, I would encourage you to arrange to come for a visit to see the College in action.

Mr David Buxton


Mr David Buxton BA, MTh, MA

Originating from the Potteries, David was educated at St Joseph's College, Stoke-on-Trent, by the Irish Christian Brothers. He read Theology at the University of Durham and remained in the North East to complete his PGCE. David taught at St Bede's College, Manchester, before studying for a Master’s degree at the University of London. He was then appointed Head of Theology and Assistant Housemaster at Worth School, a Benedictine boarding school in Sussex.

Prior to coming to St Columba's, David was Deputy Head at Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Hove, one of the largest Catholic state schools in the country. He is married to Marta and they have two sons – both Columbans, of course! David enjoys theatre, museums and sports, particularly hillwalking, and following the fluctuating fortunes of Stoke City FC.