Sex Education moves from Moordale Secondary School to Cavendish Sixth Form College in Season 4, but is this school a real place?
It’s end of series for hit Netflix comedy series Sex Education as our favorite characters move from Moordale Secondary School to Cavendish Sixth Form College – but are these schools actually real places?
Is Sex Education’s Cavendish Sixth Form College genuine?
No, the Cavendish Sixth Form College from the fourth season of Sex Education is not a real school in Wales, but a fictional institution created for the series.
In fact, all of the sequences are set in Cavendish’s sixth form filmed The fourth series of For Sex Education was actually filmed at St Fagans National History Museum in Cardiff.
According to Visit WalesSt Fagans National History Museum is “one of Europe’s leading open-air museums and the most popular cultural attraction in Wales” and was “winner of the UK Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019”.
The museum itself is set in the beautiful grounds of St Fagans Castle and gardens and includes a late 16th century exhibitionThA century-old stately home and over 50 historic buildings from across Wales – many converted specifically for tourism.
There are also several colleges in the UK that also bear the Cavendish name and may have contributed to the confusion, two in Cambridge and one in London – the latter closed in 2011, but Cavendish universities were previously established in Uganda and Zambia.
Is Sex Education’s Moordale Secondary School Real?
No, Moordale Secondary School, as seen in seasons 1-3 of Sex Education, is not a real school either, and the series was actually filmed at the old University of South Wales campus in Caerleon, Newport.
The University of South Wales has over 23,000 students with around 500 undergraduate and 500 postgraduate courses.
Accordingly ReportsIn 2016 the university closed the Caerleon campus due to the need for around £20 million in redevelopment costs. However, this was viewed by many locals as a “hoax” – at the time of closure, this campus had already been an active learning environment for 102 years.
The first seasons of Sex Education were filmed in various locations around the Wye Valley including Llandogo, Tintern, Symonds Yat, Monmouth, Redbrook and Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan.
Later seasons also included filming sequences in the Forest of Dean, Kent and Sandgate – the latter doubling for World War I locations in France.
Ncuti Gatwa talks about filming Sex Education in Wales written down “As I was driving to work I thought, ‘Wow, what is this?!’ and mimicked the stunning verticality of the Welsh landscape.
Asa Butterfield added: “When we were filming, and the locations we’re filming in, and the school – which is in Caerleon – and then Llandogo and all the places in between, they’re beautiful places. “It doesn’t feel like it is us in the UK.”
Sex Education Season 4 premieres on Thursday, September 21st.
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