St Gerards was 'Plas Lodwig' and was the home of Captain Neil Stewart and family. Neil died in 1913 at war and the family moved to Parkstone, Dorset. Also resident was Lieutenant Commander Milner-Barry who also died at war in 1917. Plas Lodwig was openy sold in 1917 and was swiftly purchased and utilised as "St Gerards"
St Gerard's stands in its own grounds. Founded in 1915 by the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy as a girls' day and boarding school (and from 1917 at Plas Lodwig), it has been a fully co-educational day school since the early 1980s. In 1990, a trust was formed and the first lay headteacher appointed in 1991.
Formerly residence of; Capt. Neil Patrick Stewart (GCC Archives XD/63/133 and XD/63/134)
PFA/8/123 c. 1906
Envelope containing bundle of correspondence and pamphlets about the National Service League and a copy of the speech delivered by H. R. Reichel on 13 February 1906. Olive Stewart of Plas Lodwig, asks Lord Penrhyn to be chairman of the Bangor branch, and lists said branch members (which include Alice Douglas-Pennant)
Alister Douglas Stewart, Lieutenant 13/10/1917. Age 28. Royal Flying Corps and General List. Buried at Upavon Cemetery. Son of Capt and Mrs NP Stewart, of Plas Lodwig, Bangor; husband of Dorothy Stella Stewart (nee Adams), of Heath Farm House, Petersfield, Hants. Educated at Colet House Prep School, Rhyl, and Cheltenham College. Trained for land agency at Cirencester Agricultural College. Held a post in the War Land Department 1914-17, then asked to join RFC where he was killed in a flying accident at Central Flying School, Wiltshire.
"St Gerard’s stands in its own grounds. Founded in 1917, it began as a girls’ school, both day and boarding, serving a wide catchment area locally.
In the 1980s, the school became a day school and co-educational, which it has continued to be. St Gerard’s is fully co-educational in both junior and secondary sections, with the ratio of boys to girls consistently fairly equal overall.
Having been a successful institution all its life, the school saw its success spectacularly confirmed in the first A level league tables in 1991, in which it came 10th among independent schools in the UK. Recognition in yearly league tables for both A level and GCSE has been a source of pride ever since.
The school maintains a Christian ethos. It has always welcomed families of all denominations. A precious feature of the school is the harmony that exists within it and the respect given to all beliefs. "