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  • Cardiff Sixth Form College
    1-3 Trinity Court
    21 - 27 Newport Road
    Cardiff
    CF24 0AA
  • Head: Gareth Collier
  • T 02920 493121
  • F 02920 493122
  • E marketing@ccoex.com
  • W www.ccoex.com/
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 16 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Cardiff
  • Pupils: 324
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £15,500; Boarding £38,000 - £41,000pa
  • Open days: Admission evenings - appointment based
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

We came across pupils and staff lolling around in passageways, talking and laughing with all the ease of natural friendship. The leading actors in The Lion King were effortlessly discussing the play with the producer, who happened to be head of maths. Best of all we were almost literally locked into a small room with about five mathematicians. The conversation was lively, witty and enjoyable. Pupils looking to play competitive rugby or football, cricket or golf will find it difficult, though it is possible...

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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. Cardiff Sixth Form College (CSFC) focuses on individual care and inspires students to make the most of their unique talents. CSFC is ranked one of the top A-level providers in the UK. CSFC is recognised as a top A level provider in the UK. In 2014, CSFC was ranked top of the A level League Tables by Results, cited in The Times and Daily Telegraph, achieving 59 per cent A*, 95 per cent A* A grades. In 2013, CSFC was also ranked number one in the league tables with 51.7 per cent A*, 95.1 per cent A* A, 100 per cent A B grades. In 2014, 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. In 2011, it was 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: A levels, Summer School and Study Camps. The CSFC Summer School and Study Camp courses provide an excellent opportunity for students to improve their English language skills, whilst still studying in an academic environment.
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 Oxford and Cambridge. In 2014, 16 students gained entry to Oxbridge, 21 to medical schools, 32 to UCL, LSE and Imperial College. In 2015, 20 students have received offers from Oxbridge colleges. 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.
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 David Lloyd Leisure Club, as well as a number of sporting clubs at the college. We host a wide range of extracurricular activities, including the Goodwill Ambassador 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.
Student accommodation comprises college residence, college house and homestay, all of which offer a safe and comfortable environment. Located in the vibrant city of Cardiff, our small college is proud that our students form strong bonds with each other in a stimulating and friendly environment. Our aim is to prepare students for a well-balanced, modern life.
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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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Principal

Since October 2016 Gareth Collier, previously head of business development here. Georgraphy degree from Dundee and PGCE from Leeds in geography and PE (outdoor activities). Has taught at schools in Tanzania and Kenya as well as being a houseparent at Gordonstoun, director of sport at Moreton Hall and international registrar at Taunton School.

The college is being investigated by the South Wales Police and the Charity Commission for suspected financial irregularities.

Academic matters

The recent BBC programme entitled Britain’s Brainiest School did not encourage everyone. Although we were sent a CD of the programme we did not watch it before we visited, but people who had watched it insisted on telling us what they thought. Some were impressed by the professionalism of the approach, the overall success of the pupils and the astonishing...

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