University and Careers Advice
- In the Third to Fifth Forms, taught by the Head of Careers as part of the PSHE programme. Pupils have five or six lessons in the course of a year.
- From the Fifth Form, through membership of the Inspiring Futures/ Independent Schools Careers Organisation’s Futurewise scheme. All pupils undertake an online profiling test at the end of the Fourth Form, which results in a personal Careers Guidance Report. This is the basis for an individual, half-hour interview with a visiting Careers Guidance Institute-qualified interviewer early in the Fifth Form. Futurewise membership also gives our pupils access to a wide range of Experience and Insight courses with many different professional organisations, usually in the school holidays and the entitlement to ongoing careers guidance up to the age of 23.
- In the Sixth Form, in preparation for University application. All Lower Sixth Formers are allocated to a University Adviser, who supervises their UCAS application. Two days are set aside in the summer term for an ‘Introduction to University’ programme, and students are encouraged to research their options for Higher Education. A large majority of our Upper Sixth Form students go on to university, some after a gap year, while a handful each year go straight into employment.
Work Experience and Careers Fair
We do not operate a formal Work Experience programme but do, of course, encourage all pupils to arrange work experience, where possible, in the school holidays. To bring employers, professional bodies and pupils together, we host an annual Careers Fair with around 60 stalls for students to visit. Mrs Bates is always keen to hear from parents and OKs willing to offer their expertise.
Pupils and parents are always welcome in the Careers Room to research and discuss careers options. Appointments are not necessary, and Mrs Bates is available at all reasonable hours!