CARDIFF SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
Cardiff Sixth Form College was set up in response to a perceived need in the community. The educational system at the time did not adequately cater for those students of high academic ability but relatively modest financial means. Those academically able students would, of course, still do well in a mainstream school but they would not excel or necessarily achieve their full potential. Moreover, due to intense competition for places on courses such as, Medicine, Dentistry, Engineering and other high demand courses it is necessary to excel. Thus the idea was formed to respond to this lack in the system.
The College began as a small private tutorial centre in 2004. It had charitable status from the beginning with just a small number of students from the local community. Even at this stage with a combination of small class sizes, individual attention and excellent teaching – the results were first class. Success breeds success, so as local demand grew it was thought that an international school which brought together some of the most talented students from different countries would provide a stimulating environment in which to study. It is our experience that our overseas students bring an enthusiasm and focus to their studies, which is enhancing for local students. Seeing learners who are hungry for knowledge is an effective antidote for those who take education too easily for granted. Besides, some of the money accrued is used to support and sponsor those students in the local community by way of scholarship awards. Fast-forward to the present, and close to £300,000 is being allocated to local students in the form of scholarships. In this way the college fulfils part of its charitable remit and is proud of its tradition of supporting emerging role-models.
Naturally, this quite rapid growth has necessitated a corresponding development on all fronts; the small teaching and administrative facility of old has relocated to our present much enlarged premises, still close to the heart of Cardiff city; more spacious, modern accommodation was needed, as well as, more staff both teaching and administrative.
With a reputation for outstanding educational achievements, excellent facilities and enriching extra-curricular activities, Cardiff Sixth Form College (CSFC) focuses on individual care, and inspires students to make the most of their unique talents. CSFC is currently ranked Top Sixth Form College and Top Co-Educational Boarding School in the UK for A-levels; accolades we have proudly held for three consecutive years. Our 2012 results were truly exceptional with 99% A* – B grades achieved. Within that was an amazing 94% A* A grades. In 2012 we received an excellent report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).
The college offers two core routes of study: A Levels and Summer School. Students are able to benefit from experienced teachers, many of whom have Examining/Chief Examining experience. Since 2007, 100% of our students applying for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science have been successful in gaining university places for their chosen courses. Our students have also had considerable success in gaining places to study other high demand courses. Successful applications have been submitted to the most prestigious universities in the UK, including Oxford and Cambridge.
The college offers a strong system of pastoral support with a designated member of staff to support students throughout their time at the college. We have an excellent track record of placing students in regular, relevant, work experience settings. Student accommodation offers a safe, modern and comfortable living environment. Students also have access to state-of-the-art sports facilities as well as a number of sporting clubs.
We host a wide range of extracurricular activities, including the Goodwill Ambassador Programme to South East Asia and the International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISSDC).
All CSFC students reside at Student Castle , which is a purpose built state-of–the-art student accommodation within walking distance of the teaching facility at Trinity Buildings.
This salubrious accommodation consists of 148 single rooms, tastefully furnished with double-beds, en suite shower and fitted kitchens. There are 41 studio flats with kitchen facilities, TV, and en suite. In addition there is an on-site self-service laundry which is charged at an extra cost. The accommodation has a bright modern feel throughout. A large common room provides space to relax in – to watch TV or play pool or simply talk.
All rooms have ultra-fast Broadband/Wi-Fi. So students can always stay connected. There is CCTV, 24-hour security and a concierge. Students can feel relaxed; enjoy themselves in a safe, comfortable and thoroughly modern environment.