Careers, Higher Education and Destinations
The majority of sixth form students go on to higher education (approximately 90% on average over the past three years) and all students are supported throughout the process of choosing and applying to university courses by tutors, sixth form staff and the school’s Careers and Higher Education Adviser. Beginning in the spring term of Year 12, students are encouraged to research higher education options carefully, including visiting universities and attending taster events. Visiting speakers from universities and employers contribute to the annual Careers and University Fair for students. An evening providing detailed information about preparing to apply for specific subjects takes place in the Spring for Year 11 and 12 parents and students, and a general Higher Education Information Evening is held for Year 12 parents and students in the summer term.
For those students who are looking at alternative options to university, trips are arranged to Apprenticeship and Insight events. Information sessions are also available for parents of Year 11 and 12 students, so they can be made aware of the other routes their child may take.
The careers office is situated in L6, and operates an open access policy, with students able to call in for information and advice, or make appointments for longer discussions.
Those aiming at the most selective university courses, including Oxford, Cambridge and medical schools, are supported through weekly meetings and discussion groups, guest lectures by academics, admissions test and interview preparation, and dedicated all-day sessions each term. The school also hosts the Borough’s annual Top Universities conference. Additional opportunities are advertised via email, the weekly 6th Form Notice bulletin and Google Classroom. A designated “Alternatives to University” Google Classroom is available to all Year 12 and 13 students so specific opportunities can be cascaded.
The school places a strong emphasis on providing for every individual, and the careers and higher education adviser is also available to support any students considering a change of direction at any stage during their sixth form studies.