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Staff

Teachers are at the heart of the educational process and recruitment of expert teachers is Cardiff Sixth Form College’s top priority.

Many of our teachers possess over 15 years of teaching experience and have held positions such as Heads of Department, Heads of Sixth Form, Chief Examiners and School Inspectors.  Their valuable insight and expertise has been vital to our academic success.

We look for more from our teachers than simply the ability to teach.  Our teachers are academics, pedagogical experts and innovators and are committed to education.  Their enthusiasm sets the precedent for our students. Whether they are teaching a class or providing a one-to-one tutorial, our teachers go above and beyond expectations to challenge and better each individual pupil.

However, one of the reasons why Cardiff Sixth Form College is such a positive community is that as a staff body we work together across the academic, pastoral, boarding, management and administrative areas for the benefit of our students.  All our staff receive regular training on an annual basis and we share good practice and development, discuss new ideas and proactively work openly together to address issues quickly.  All our staff are approachable, friendly and helpful and relationships between the student and staff body are extremely positive and mutually respectful.

Senior Management Team

Gareth Collier

Position:
Principal

After serving 24 years in boarding schools in the UK and internationally in Kenya and Tanzania, fulfilling pastoral roles of Housemaster, Head of Boarding, Head of Pastoral, Senior Teacher and Head Teacher as well as teaching, marketing and admissions roles,...

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Tom Arrand

Position:
Head

Educated at Durham School and Oxford University, Tom has worked in some of the UK’s leading independent schools where he has been a Head of Department, a Housemaster, Deputy Head and Acting Head.  He joined Cardiff in January 2020 as...

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Lisa Morton

Position:
Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Lisa has been working in education for many years and during her time at Cardiff Sixth Form College she has implemented a number of pastoral programmes and initiatives and is passionate about increasing resilience, confidence and self-care amongst the student...

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Sharon Wright

Position:
Bursar

Sharon has worked within the finance industry for many years before joining Cardiff Sixth Form College in September 2019 as the Bursar of the College.  At Cardiff she assists the senior management team, is responsible for the strategic management of school...

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Governors and Group

Aatif Hassan

Position:
Chair of Governors

Aatif founded Dukes Education in 2015 and leads our London day schools. He is also Chairman of Cavendish Education, a group of six schools for pupils with dyslexia and autism schools; and Deputy Chairman of Governors of St James Independent Schools (including Chairman...

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Tim Fish

Position:
Safeguarding Governor

Tim Fish is Managing Director at Dukes Education responsible for boarding schools where he guides collaboration, best practice and performance at Key Stage 5 across the whole family.  He founded Earlscliffe in 2012 and has 30 years’ experience in teaching...

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Henrietta Lightwood

Position:
Director of Marketing and Admissions

Henrietta has worked in schools marketing and admissions for 16 years and is extremely well known and respected in the sector.  She is currently Group Director of Marketing and Admissions for all five Dukes Colleges and has worked as Marketing...

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Paul Ludlow

Position:
Director of Compliance

Paul has spent over 30 years working in education as a Housemaster, Head of Boarding and Head of Pastoral Care on a wide range of senior leadership teams as well as for two education groups working with international students in...

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Rob Humphries

Position:
Director of Finance

Rob is responsible for the financial management of all the Colleges and Beyond the Classroom businesses within the Dukes group.  He joined in 2017 being based originally at Cardiff Sixth Form College immediately after it became part of the Dukes...

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Claire Little

Position:
Director of People

Key Administration Staff

Michelle Walker

Position:
Admissions Manager

Michelle has worked in the Middle East namely, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Qatar for leading international Independent schools for the past 15 year as an IT Manager. Implementing and managing multiple leading edge IT systems including IBM, Microsoft, Apple,...

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Melanie Symons

Position:
Registrar

Melanie has worked for many years in administration in many different roles for several high profile law firms. She started her career as a secretary, was promoted to a PA but quickly moved direction to a training co-ordinator role.  Melanie then...

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Charlotte McQuaid

Position:
Academic Data Manager

Charlotte graduated from the University of Wales with a bachelor’s degree in History and Philosophy/Religious Studies with Hons in 2005.  Since graduating Charlotte started her career in education at Newport High School as Data Manager before joining the Cardiff Sixth...

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Hayley Bendle

Position:
Head of Higher Education and Careers

Having previously taught French, Spanish and Portuguese as Head of Modern Languages in schools in South Wales, Hayley joined Cardiff Sixth Form College in 2016 as Head of Higher Education. She has a first degree from University of Exeter and...

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Laura Foster

Position:
UCAS Coordinator

Laura Foster joined the College in 2017 in the role of UCAS Coordinator. Before specialising in applications to UK universities, she worked in higher education as a researcher and teacher of undergraduate English Literature. Her PhD, completed in 2014, focuses...

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Dale Sage

Position:
Work Observations Coordinator

Dale is the Cardiff Sixth Form College Work Observation Coordinator and is a qualified with a Level 4 Diploma in Careers Information and Advice.  Dale works tirelessly with students to discuss their career aspirations and how this translates into their...

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Ceitho Williams

Position:
Senior House Parent

Paisley Beeching

Position:
Senior House Parent

Paisley joined Cardiff Sixth Form College in 2017, after completing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology (with International Study) at the University of Nottingham. Starting as a Graduate Residential Assistant, she has progressed within boarding, becoming a House Parent in 2018,...

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Heads of Houses

Alanna Davies

Position:
Head of House Franklin

Alanna has worked in education for 30 years, teaching for most of that time. Specialising in History and the Humanities, she was responsible for planning, implementing and delivering History courses and running departments. Alanna has also run a very successful...

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Helen Williams

Position:
Head of House Morgan

After achieving four A levels, Helen went to Cardiff University to study English Literature. She took a year out and worked at a prep school in Somerset as a graduate assistant before heading to Swansea University to complete teacher training...

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Katie Lawrence

Position:
Head of House Wallace

Katie started her career in education as a Learning Support Assistant in a sixth form college, supporting students with Additional Learning Needs. While working as an LSA, she completed a PGCE, specialising in Adult Literacy. She later became a Learner...

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Alex Hughes

Position:
Head of House Atkins

Alex joined the college in 2019 having previously been a History and Government and Politics teacher for 13 years. In 2016, he was appointed as Specialist Leader in World War I education by the World War One Centenary Programme in...

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Steve Davies

Position:
Head of House Seacole

Steve has worked in Education for 30 years. He is presently Head of House at Cardiff Sixth Form College.  He has worked primarily as a teacher of Design and headed the Design & Technology Department at St David’s Sixth Form...

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Kyle Smith

Position:
Head of House Parry

Kyle read History and Politics and the University of the West of England and completed his PGCE in Citizenship at Canterbury Christ Church University where he was graded as “outstanding”. Prior to joining Cardiff Sixth Form College as Head of...

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Paula Downey

Position:
Head of Rubin

Paula has worked in education for 18 years. Prior to joining the College in 2018 as Head of Rubin House, Paula has worked as a Head of Sixth Form, Head of Department and as a school lead for more able and...

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Heads of Department

Neil Davies

Position:
Head of IGCSE

Neil Davies is the Head of IGCSE at Cardiff Sixth Form College and a Teacher of IGCSE, AS and A Level Geography. Prior to joining the College in September 2016, Neil spent a decade as the Course Coordinator for Geography...

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Natalie Goddard

Position:
Head of Biology

Having joined the college in January 2017. Natalie graduated with a Biochemistry degree and qualified as a teacher in 2002. She has extensive experience of teaching Science at Key stage 3 and Biology at GCSE and A level, having taught...

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Alex Kampas

Position:
Head of Physics

Having joined Cardiff Sixth Form College in September 2015. Alex is an astronomer with published research and an engineer with a successful stint in the publishing and automotive industry. He has taught exclusively in sixth form colleges in South Wales...

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Martin Madden

Position:
Head of Chemistry

Martin joined the College in April 2015 and was Deputy Head of Chemistry until taking over as Head of chemistry in September 2020. He has had a love of the sciences since an early age and has a background in...

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Steph Richards

Position:
Head of Mathematics

Stephanie Richards assumes the position as Head of Mathematics at Cardiff Sixth Form College (CSFC) from September 2021 having joined the College in September 2016. Steph graduated with first-class honours in Mathematics from University of Wales College Cardiff and after...

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Phil Eedy

Position:
Head of Humanities

Phil has taught at Cardiff Sixth Form College since September 2016 and has been the Head of Humanities for the last three years.  Prior to this he taught and headed a similar department in another sixth form college in Cardiff...

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Rebecca Brookes

Position:
Head of English

Beck Brookes is Head of English and Languages at Cardiff Sixth Form College. Prior to this she was the Programme Area Manager for English, Languages, Film and PA at St David’s Sixth Form College, Cardiff. In both roles a core...

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