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  • Cardiff Sixth Form College
    1-3 Trinity Court
    21 - 27 Newport Road
    CF24 0AA
  • Head: Tom Arrand
  • T 02920 493121
  • F 02920 493122
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 15 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Cardiff
  • Pupils: 373; sixth formers: 276
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £22,300 - £25,600; Boarding; £25,600 - £58,000 pa
  • Open days: Check school website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

In a maths class, students were entering findings on to graphs in what looked like exam conditions, but weren’t; chemists were looking at double and triple bonds in alkenes. Focus and seriousness of purpose evident throughout. Look away now if acres of green pitches, manicured wickets, lofty rugby posts and extensive fixture lists are what you are after. Cardiff Sixth Form has none of these, occupying as it does a city centre site on a busy road. It makes much of its central location in popular vibrant Cardiff, with its rich intellectual and cultural life…

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What the school says...

Cardiff Sixth Form College is currently the Top Independent School & Top Sixth Form College in the UK, with excellent facilities and enriching extra-curricular activities. The school has been top for the past nine years and consistently delivers not only excellent A Level results but also entrance to top Russell Group universities as well as entrance into highly selective universities in the US.
Cardiff Sixth Form College (CSFC) focuses on individual care and inspires students to make the most of their unique talents. In 2018, CSFC was ranked top of the A level League Tables by Results, cited in The Times and Daily Telegraph, achieving 63 per cent A*, 89 per cent A* A grades and 96% A*-B. In 2018, the college won three Crystal awards from The Education Advisers for Top UK Co Educational Boarding School, Top Private Sixth Form College and Top Private School in the UK. The College has also been placed first in the UK League Table by The Spectator magazine, a sister publication of The Daily Telegraph.
The College offers three core routes of study: one year GCSEs, A levels and Summer School and specialises in those wanting to go to Oxbridge or study medicine. The CSFC Summer School courses provide an excellent opportunity for students to improve their English language skills, whilst still studying in an academic environment. Academic, Oxbridge and Medical courses are open to both UK and international students.
Students are able to benefit from experienced teachers, many of whom have examiner/ chief examiner experience in the UK. CSFC has enjoyed exceptional success in placing its students on high demand courses of their choice, such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. Cardiff Sixth Form College students have also had considerable success in gaining places to study other high demand courses, such as economics, law and engineering. Successful applications have been submitted to the most prestigious universities in the UK, including 21 to Oxford and Cambridge in 2018. In addition, this year 26 students have places at Imperial, 21 to LSE, 16 to University College London with 44 to medical schools, 8 to do law, 17 to go onto do engineering and 17 economics. Throughout each stage of the UCAS process, students receive expert guidance, workshops and seminars to prepare them to face challenges within the application process and to submit the most impressive university applications they can. A variety of work experience placements ensure that all students make an informed career choice not only in the UK but also in Malaysia, Tanzania and India.
The college offers a strong system of pastoral support with a designated member of staff to support students throughout their time at the College. The College has an excellent track record of placing students in regular work experience settings, across a variety of career disciplines.
Students also have access to state-of-the-art sports facilities at a local gym, as well as a number of sporting clubs locally. CSFS hosts a wide range of extracurricular activities, including the ICE Programme and the International Space Settlement Design Competition. Students also have the opportunity to take part in the yearly production through the ‘Glee Club’ which have produced some fantastic dramatic workings as well as sports days, talent shows and cultural events.
Student accommodation is excellent - all single ensuite rooms located in top quality boarding houses. All have their own kitchen and sitting rooms, communal common room, art and music rooms and are located opposite the teaching building and offer a safe and comfortable environment. Located in the vibrant Capital city of Cardiff, Cardiff Sixth Form College is proud that students form strong bonds with each other in a stimulating and friendly environment and are well prepared to leave with outstanding grades, excellent careers guidance and well balanced young people, ready to enter the workplace and prepared for a well-balanced, modern life.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2020, Tom Arrand. Theology and philosophy degree from Oriel College, Oxford and PGCE from Homerton College, Cambridge. Spent a decade at the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools, including as deputy and acting head at Monmouth School for Girls. Before that, five years as housemaster, head of religious studies and philosophy, head of Oxbridge and head of KS4 at Colston’s School in Bristol. Under his leadership, students gained the top RS results for GCSE in the UK. Resident house tutor and head of rugby and cricket at King’s School Ely, Mr Arrand has also taught at Royal Grammar School in Guildford and Orwell Park in Suffolk.

Director since 2016 is Gareth Collier.


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