Cardiff’s oldest private sixth form academy was bought by Mr Sajid Ghaffar, Chairman of the Draycott Group in 2018, and since the acquisition, the academy has seen unprecedented growth.

In 2018, a scholarship programme, worth £250,000 per annum, was introduced and funded by Mr Sajid Ghaffar, which has allowed bright and talented students to study A Levels at Cardiff Academy, benefiting from intimate class sizes, high-quality facilities, and personal tuition and guidance to help further their future university goals.

The academy has recently moved to a brand new, modern building situated in the heart of Cardiff City Centre. The new facilities include state of the art laboratories, fully equipped modern classrooms and a large common room.

Some of the milestones achieved since the takeover:

  • Highly Trusted Tier 4 Sponsor status

  • Recruited International students in September 2019

  • Accredited by the NCUK and able to offer pathway programmes

  • Inspected by Estyn and met or exceeded all expectations. 

  • September 2018 Intake achieved outstanding results.

“I’m aware of how fortunate I’ve been to be well-educated, both practically and morally,” says Sajid, “The very best of opportunities open to children when learning in a positive and dedicated environment. Our approach to education combines western and eastern philosophies. The former encourages the student to think critically, to be creative and to develop self-confidence, motivation and flexibility. The latter involves teaching through the implementation of high standards allowing the student to develop a sense of commitment, diligence and perseverance. Our students not only excel academically but develop round personalities which will prepare them for life and for university.”


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