Cardiff Sixth Form College (CSFC) is a multicultural independent school which combines academic excellence with a dedicated pastoral and careers programme. CSFC has topped independent school league tables published by UK newspapers, such as The Times and The Telegraph, for nine consecutive years. As a school offering the A-level curriculum, CSFC reported 92% of its students achieving A* and A grades in 2017.
CSFC had no guidance platform prior to adopting BridgeU, with university and careers guidance being led in-house by school staff. Head of Higher Education, Hayley Bendle, tells us that she opted for BridgeU because she wanted CSFC students to have access to university and careers guidance that was as impartial and accurate as possible. Hayley’s first impressions were of a guidance platform that she cites as user-friendly, easy to navigate and informative.
CSFC integrated BridgeU at a time when it was completely redesigning and restructuring its own pastoral and careers guidance programme. The school moved from a model where teachers would double as progress tutors, responsible for the guidance of a small group of students, to a house system where Heads of House would be solely responsible for their students’ pastoral welfare. The BridgeU platform has also dovetailed well into CSFC’s new and bespoke and award winning pastoral management programme CREATE©, designed by Head of Pastoral, Lisa Morton.
Hayley praises the BridgeU Customer Support team for not only offering dedicated training and support to staff and students, but for being agile and adaptable when the school needed to implement BridgeU around its own restructuring. She credits the willingness of CSFC’s dedicated Customer Support Manager Kelsey Botne, to make the journey out to Cardiff, remarking that this in-person training “made us feel really valued”. As well as helping students to get set up on the platform, Kelsey trained staff members in using core components of the platform such as the Reference Letter Writing tool.
Hayley remarks that, whether she was dealing with BridgeU in person, or remotely “no question is to too big or too inconvenient…wherever you are in the world, questions are answered with speed and accuracy.”