Cathays High School Sixth Form

Cathays High School has a vibrant and lively Sixth Form which aims to develop students both socially and academically.

The Sixth Form has an active committee, a head boy and a head girl and a dedicated team of pastoral and administrative staff. The Sixth Form play an active part in the life of the school, often organising charity events, chairing meetings, addressing large audiences during open evenings and concerts, helping in lessons and meeting and greeting numerous guests to the school.

The Sixth Form aims to bridge the gap between compulsory education and the world of work or higher education by allowing students independence whilst maintaining a level of care.

Class sizes are usually small and a team of form tutors ensure personal support and guidance. Students are encouraged to monitor and assess their own progress and performance by analysing their own grades, marks and teacher assessments but a programme of achievement review is also in place.

Students have study periods in which they may use the Sixth Form Study area which is fully equipped with computers and resources for all subjects. Students can also go off-site to use Maindy gym free of charge or to undertake work experience or community participation activities.

Being an “A” Level Year 12 Student

“Being a sixth former means you’re given more responsibility and are expected to behave responsibly. You’re the senior pupils and need to set an example to the younger ones. “A” levels aren’t a “breeze”. You have to put more time and effort into your work, not just in school, but at home. The work is harder and most courses are modular which means you don’t have to sit all your exams in one go and you get a chance to improve your grades.

There are, however, plenty of benefits to being in the Sixth Form. Not only are you furthering your education, you are also maturing and have more control over your school life. Free periods are used for study, which means you can plan your time more easily, and you learn to manage your own time better.

As long as you are determined, enthusiastic and prepared to work hard, even more than you had to for GCSE, then you are half way there”.

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Want to join our Sixth Form? Click the button below to fill out an application!

6th form Enrolment Days

Please arrive at the school’s main reception area for the dates and times stated below.

Please note that there will be no access to the school car park on these dates so access to main reception will only be on foot via New Zealand Road. You WILL NOT be able to park on site.

Unless you are already a pupil at Cathays, please bring photo ID and a copy of any results you already hold. We WILL NOT be able to enrol you without an ID.

Monday 2nd September:

ESOL enrolment: 1-3pm

Tuesday 3rd September:

9-10.30am: GCSE Resit & AS Level Enrolment

1-3pm: GCSE Resit & AS Level Enrolment

Opportunities & Experiences

At Cathays High School we want to ensure that all students are given opportunities to be fully prepared for University and the world of work.

PiXL School

• Attending courses – getting into the top Universities.

• Weekly interventions to provide additional support.

• Regular examinations throughout the year.

• Close tracking of progress and attendance.

• A dedicated team of form tutors to provide mentoring and

• Regular updates to parents and guardians.

SEREN network

• Networking with Wales brightest students.

• Workshops available from Oxbridge Lecturers.

• Interview techniques.

• Supporting students through the application process for

Other opportunities

• Cambridge Shadowing Scheme.

• Stem Network.

• Business Work based training /Paid.

• Nuffield Research placement Step up programme –
Cardiff Uni.

• Cardiff University and Cardiff Met open days.

• Regular talks from a range of professionals.

• Elevate Seminar.