Where is ‘Sex Education’ filmed?

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After the instant success of Sex Education’s first outing, with its smart characters, relatable situations and a good deal more sex than education, a second season was always on the cards. The show returned in January with all the familiar characters and the same highly appealing backdrop. One lead, hard man Adam (Connor Swindells), has been packed off to military school, but for the rest of the gang it’s back to school and a world that’s part fantasy Eighties USA and part wholly real 2020UK.

  • Where is Sex Education filmed?

    The Moordale High location

    For Moordale High, the school attended by our heroes Otis (Asa Butterfield) and Maeve (Emma Mackey), scenes were filmed at Caerleon campus in South Wales. Formerly one of the buildings of the University of Wales, Newport, it was closed in 2016 and has stood vacant ever since. Its 32 acres were once used to house around 4,500 students, but now its early-20th-century brickwork and striking clock tower are the basis for the show’s Anglo-American high-school hybrid.

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    Much has been made about Sex Education’s mid-Atlantic tone, but it’s no mistake. Writer Laurie Nunn has gone on record to say it was a tribute to the Eighties films of John Hughes such as The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, while producer Jamie Campbell told Radio 4 the aim was to be less Grange Hill and more ‘aspirational’. That means the Caerleon corridors are decorated with banners and wall lockers, as well as why school prefects wear letter jackets and the jocks play American football rather than football football.

  • Where is Sex Education filmed?

    One school location not in Caerleon is the gym, which was filmed in Penarth, south of Cardiff, in the Paget Rooms. This theatre and public hall was built at the start of the 20th century with a grant from the Earl of Plymouth, and usually hosts touring theatre productions and local events rather than the assemblies and school dances of Sex Education.

  • Where is Sex Education filmed?

    The Sex Education house location

    Away from the school, key locations in Sex Education are filmed nearby in the Wye Valley (pictured above) and Forest of Dean, on the Welsh border. The aerial shot introducing the series follows the River Wye and leads to the distinctive house that Otis shares with his glamorous sex-therapist mother Jean (Gillian Anderson).

  • Where is Sex Education filmed?

    This is The Chalet in Symonds Yat (pictured above), a B&B built in Scandinavian style that really does offer those amazing balcony views.

  • Where is Sex Education filmed?

    Other scenes are filmed nearby. Browns Stores, where Maeve drops in for a vital piece of medical equipment, is in Llandogo, just south of Symonds Yat. Otis and his best friend Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) ride to school (and walk home from that all-night party) via the Wireworks Bridge in Tintern (pictured above), just over the border into Gloucestershire.

  • Where is Sex Education filmed?

    The area has made high-profile appearances on film and TV before. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I (2010), you can see Harry, Ron and Hermione walking beside the Wye very close to Symonds Yat – Harry Potter author JK Rowling lived in the Forest of Dean as a child and mentions it in the books. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) made extensive use of the Forest, filming a key scene in a cave close to local landmark Great Doward. A little further south, meanwhile, is Puzzlewood (pictured above), a densely wooded area said to have acted as inspiration for JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth and featured in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) as well as BBC series Doctor Who, Merlin and Atlantis.

    While most of those shoots focused on the dark and mysterious, Sex Education makes a different use of this blissfully unspoilt corner of the UK. Filmed in high summer with the natural contrasts of blue and green turned up full, it makes sure that school really does look like the best years of our lives.

  • Where is Sex Education filmed?

    Where is Sex Education season 2 filmed?

    For Season 2, some new venues were added. In Episode 1, we see some of the school’s sports facilities: head boy Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling) is in the swimming pool, shot at the Newport International Sports Village, while Otis is on the school running track, filmed at the Cwmbran Stadium. This town just north of Newport is also used later in the season for scenes between Eric and new arrival Rahim (Sami Outalbali), who meet outside pub the Spice Inn, formerly called The Fairwater House.

  • Where is Sex Education filmed?

    Episode 2, meanwhile, sees the action split between two new locations. Adam’s military college, Mountainside, was filmed at the Margam Country Park and Castle, near Port Talbot. Built in the 1830s in Tudor Gothic style, this sprawling family home is now a visitor attraction, its reputation for ghostly apparitions meriting a visit by TV show Most Haunted. At the same time, the rest of the cast are having rather more fun at the fairground, filmed in Vauxhall Fields in Monmouth, not far from Symonds Yat and Otis’s house.

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    Ncuti Gatwa and Asa Butterfield on their bikes in Wales.

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    Mimi Keene, Simone Ashley, Chaneil Kular and Aimee Lou Wood at the University of Wales.

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    Simone Ashley and Asa Butterfield in the derelict school bathrooms.

  • Where is Sex Education filmed?

    Symonds Yat, with Otis and his mother’s home visible among the trees.

  • Where is Sex Education filmed?