CARDIFF SIXTH FORM - TOP INDEPENDENT SCHOOL IN THE UK 2018. Cardiff Sixth Form College has again been ranked the top independent school in the UK by the Times Newspapers for 2018. 89% of students achieved A*-A grades and 96% A*-B and 19 have confirmed Oxbridge places.The College fuses Eastern and Western philosophies of education and students here are focused, disciplined, supported and encouraged to reach beyond their academic horizons and strive for the best results possible. Teaching staff are all highly experienced with many having been examiners or inspectors in other schools. Highly rated by the pupils, staff offer one to one support, tutorials and academic enrichment on top of their extensive teaching programme. A designated careers team at the College drive and reinforce student passion for learning with excellent careers guidance, UCAS support, entrance to US and other international universities, lectures and work experience programmes. Results are tremendous. This year 44 students will be going onto study medicine or dentistry Medicine, with biomedical sciences, economics, engineering and law the next highest university placements. In terms of destinations, 19 have Oxbridge places, 18 at University College London, 16 to Imperial and 10 to London School of Economics with 100% gaining places at the top Russell Group universities. There are over 40 different nationalities at Cardiff who live in state-of-the-art boarding accommodation comprising single en-suite bedrooms and studio apartments. The college environment provides an excellent bridge between school and university with the pupils encouraged to develop independent learning skills and a more mature approach to both study and day to day living. Cardiff Sixth Form College also offers a wide range of extra and super curricular activities. Students take part in volunteering and international work experience programmes as well as academic competitions including chemistry Olympiads, debating, mathematical challenges and the prestigious Imperial College's space design awards. Student horizons are broadened by a variety of academic, cultural and career trips including observing cutting-edge science at CERN, visiting the Crown Courts for potential lawyers and hospitals for medics as well as cultural visits to historic cities such as Stratford-Upon-Avon and London. Encouraged to undertake self-study, students can also do on-line courses in their chosen fields and University modules and with all students given practice in Critical Thinking, as well as extra tutor support, they are prepared for the various entry requirements of tests such as BMAT, LNAT and TSA and are able to compete for the most sought-after places at top universities. There are also whole College events each term including Sports Day, The Cultural Event and a drama production, sport, art, DofE, debating, journalism and philosophy clubs and boarding trips during the weekends. Pastoral care is strong with boarding staff and progress tutors constantly monitoring individual pupil’s wellbeing, academic and career progress. For more information please go to www.ccoex.com.