Unique for­mula of suc­cess

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CARDIFF Sixth Form Col­lege ( CSFC) is a story of “East meets West” – it does not dwell on suc­cesses of the past, but strives to­wards fu­ture suc­cesses. This means pre­par­ing stu­dents to suc­ceed in a rapidly chang­ing, mod­ern world.

The col­lege was born out of both Eastern and Western philoso­phies and con­tin­ues to hon­our these foun­da­tions. It aims to fos­ter a dis­ci­plined ap­proach to work­ing, while em­brac­ing creativ­ity and cu­rios­ity in an in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

By com­bin­ing the best of Bri­tish ed­u­ca­tion with the ed­u­ca­tional work ethic of Asia, CSFC pro­vides a broad and rich ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for its stu­dents, as well as a large range of su­per- cur­ric­ula and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

The col­lege en­cour­ages stu­dents to en­gage in var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions and to learn about and prac­tise crit­i­cal think­ing, in ad­di­tion to sup­port­ing creativ­ity and or­gan­is­ing a va­ri­ety of work place­ments and vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties both in the UK and abroad. The col­lege co- founder, Yas­min Sar­war, re­flected on what the col­lege’s win­ning for­mula con­sists of:

“Our for­mula is sim­ple; pro­mote a teacher- led, cur­ricu­lum- fo­cused ap­proach, with above av­er­age con­tact teach­ing time.

“We have cre­ated such a strong cul­ture of ex­pec­ta­tion among stu­dents and teach­ers that ev­ery­one is aim­ing for 100% in ev­ery exam.

“There are a lot of core com­po­nents to our cur­ricu­lum apart from academia; what we are try­ing to do is to cre­ate in­di­vid­u­als who can take on what­ever ad­ver­si­ties they will face in life.

“My vi­sion is for our stu­dents to make a dif­fer­ence to the world.”

Fos­ter­ing the de­vel­op­ment of an in­no­va­tive spirit

CSFC be­lieves mul­ti­ple ex­pe­ri­ences in dif­fer­ent con­texts, as dif­fer­ent lev­els of com­plex­ity fos­ter the de­vel­op­ment of an in­no­va­tive spirit and creativ­ity.

These skills are best de­vel­oped when in­te­grated into the con­text of var­i­ous sit­u­a­tions so that stu­dents see the rel­e­vance of what they are learn­ing.

Op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­de­pen­dent re­search and in­tel­lec­tual risk- tak­ing pro­vide the ideal en­vi­ron­ment for new ideas to come to life.

As stu­dents de­velop cre­ative think­ing skills, they learn how to ap­proach tasks in an un­con­ven­tional, flex­i­ble and orig­i­nal man­ner. Yet, this in­no­va­tive en­ergy needs to feed from an equally pow­er­ful source of knowl­edge.

CSFC fore­sees fu­ture pro­fes­sion­als and in­no­va­tors will re­quire both aca­demic ex­cel­lence and abil­ity to think cre­atively and spon­ta­neously.

Its teach­ers ap­proach the aca­demic cur­ricu­lum dif­fer­ently, too. In­stead of giv­ing stu­dents pre- pack­aged an­swers that they can rote learn and that they can reel off in an exam, the teach­ers teach them think­ing skills and im­prove their abil­ity to re­act to un­seen ma­te­rial.

This is es­sen­tial in a so­ci­ety where jobs that don’t re­quire creativ­ity are in­creas­ingly be­ing taken by ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence or be­ing out­sourced to coun­tries known to pro­vide cheap labour.

CSFC pro­gramme in Ox­ford

Due to a lim­ited num­ber of places, in re­cent years CSFC had turned down nu­mer­ous ap­pli­ca­tions from ex­cel­lent can­di­dates who, with nec­es­sary sup­port, could have achieved equally out­stand­ing re­sults.

The solution came in the form of a part­ner­ship with Ox­ford In­ter­na­tional Col­lege ( OIC) and in Septem­ber 2014 CSFCOx­ford wel­comed its first in­take of stu­dents.

OIC was es­tab­lished in 2002 by a group of aca­demics from the Uni­ver­sity of Ox­ford and is one of the UK’s lead­ing “Oxbridge”- style tu­to­rial col­leges.

By en­rolling into the CSFC- Ox­ford pro­gramme stu­dents will:

> Ben­e­fit from the full spec­trum of CSFC ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise.

> De­velop in a stim­u­lat­ing and in­spir­ing ed­u­ca­tional en­vi­ron­ment and take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties it pro­vides.

> Be taught by com­mit­ted teach­ers who are pas­sion­ate about their sub­jects.

> Be a part of a friendly and sup­port­ive com­mu­nity, where ev­ery stu­dent is en­cour­aged to achieve aca­demic suc­cess and ful­fil their as­pi­ra­tions.

> Take part in a va­ri­ety of so­cial and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar events, in­clud­ing CSFC’s Good­will Am­bas­sador Pro­gramme ( GAP).

> Have the priv­i­lege to live and study in one of the most fa­mous uni­ver­sity towns in the world.

This part­ner­ship of­fers a lim­ited num­ber of schol­ar­ships to study in Ox­ford, un­der the su­per­vi­sion of CSFC.

Schol­ar­ships are awarded based on aca­demic, lead­er­ship, su­per and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar achieve­ments.

With aca­demic re­sults and per­sonal qual­i­ties be­ing equally im­por­tant, CSFC is look­ing for highly mo­ti­vated and hard­work­ing stu­dents, who are pas­sion­ate about learn­ing and thrive upon be­ing chal­lenged.

For more in­for­ma­tion, look out for the ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

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