Cardiff Sixth Form College

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Cardiff Sixth Form College
Exterior of Cardiff Sixth Form College 2018.jpg
Trinity Court, 21-27 Newport Road

CF24 0AA

Coordinates51°29′04″N 3°10′03″W / 51.4844°N 3.1675°W / 51.4844; -3.1675Coordinates: 51°29′04″N 3°10′03″W / 51.4844°N 3.1675°W / 51.4844; -3.1675
TypeSixth form college
MottoInspire, Reach and Achieve Academic Excellence
PrincipalGareth Collier
Age15 to 19

Cardiff Sixth Form College, abbreviated to CSFC, is an independent mixed education sixth form college in Cardiff, Wales for 15- to 19-year-olds.


97 Newport Road, Cardiff, the former Cardiff Sixth Form College

The College was established in 2004 as the Cardiff Centre of Excellence (CCOEX), and was originally intended as a private tutorial centre which met regularly in a local church. By 2008, it had become a private company limited by guarantee and had moved to a residential house on 97 Newport Road. In 2012, it was renamed the Cardiff Sixth Form College, and the college moved to its present site at Trinity Court.[1]


The College caters for students studying for their A Levels and uses the WJEC exam board for all subjects, but the main emphasis is on providing students with the relevant experiences and skills to enter the university of their choice.[2] It also offers summer school courses based at its UK campus in Cardiff.[3][4] The college has also made significant outreach efforts to recruit students from other countries, most notably Botswana, Hong Kong, Malaysia and China.[5]

Since 2013, the College has come top amongst other independent schools in the UK in league tables.[6][7][8] It also has a long history of excellence in the NASA Space Settlement Design Competition and in local debate competitions.


The first inspection of the college by Care Inspectorate Wales took place in 2016. No areas were identified where the college exceeded National Minimum Standards. Twelve recommendations were made.[9]


In 2017, 92% of students achieved A*-A grades, whilst 99% of students achieved A*-B grades. For eight years running, Cardiff Sixth Form College has been awarded Top Private Co-educational Boarding School and Top Independent Sixth Form College in the Education Advisers' Awards.[citation needed]

Cardiff Sixth Form College has been ranked number one for A-Level results in league tables published by The Telegraph, The Times and [10]

Legal issues[edit]

In November 2016, the former trustees of the College were the subject of an inquiry by the Charities Commission due to failure to submit their accounts on time. The Charity Commission has identified regulatory concerns about the charity's governance, financial management and significant related party transactions between the charity and some of its former trustees. An interim manager was appointed to oversee the running of the college over the course of the inquiry. South Wales Police were looking into potential fraud at the college by the former trustees.[11]


  1. ^ "History". Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  2. ^ "University Destinations". Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Summer school". Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Oxbridge Prep Course: Hong Kong". Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Open days and visits". Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  6. ^ "A-level results 2014: Independent schools results table". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  7. ^ "A-level results 2013: Independent schools results table". The Telegraph. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  8. ^ "A Level Passes Grade A* and A". Education Advisers Ltd. Archived from the original on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Inspection Report: Cardiff Sixth Form College" (PDF). Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales. 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
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  11. ^ "New charity investigation: Cardiff Sixth Form College". Retrieved 14 November 2016.

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