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Careers and Higher Education

We take our role of preparing pupils’ for their working lives very seriously and as such have a comprehensive Careers Programme that equips them with the ability to recognise and develop their employability skills and manage their careers at school and beyond.  Our Head of Careers and Higher Education, Mrs Rebecca Hallam is a qualified and experienced Careers Adviser, and sees pupils on a one-to-one basis to coach them individually and provide support and practical advice to clarify their options and pursue their goals.

We are committed to ensuring that our Careers Programme reaches the eight Gatsby Career Benchmarks which define world-class career guidance and were developed on behalf of Gatsby by Sir John Holman as part of an international study. 

We do this in five ways:

  • One-to-one advice and guidance delivered by a professional careers adviser which includes psychometric tests and interviews at key decision-making stages such as 5th Form.

  • Careers Education delivered in in the Lower School’s Pursuit of Excellence, Middle School PSHE lessons and within the Sixth Form Programme.  These are explicit lessons that enable pupils to gain an insight into their own interests, abilities and values and how these may be applied to the world of work.  They learn how to search for opportunities and access information that can help with their career decision-making.

  • Curriculum-based careers learning which ensures pupils understand the relevance of their subjects to the world of work.  This includes trips and subject-specialist speakers.

  • Stand-alone Careers and Higher Education events including visiting speakers, Alumni events, UCAS events, Careers Seminars and more.

  • Comprehensive resources both in the Careers Office, Library and online.

Sixth Form

Whilst there is no doubt that Sixth Form life will equip each pupil with a wealth of skills and qualities, when it comes to decisions about what to do after school, the vast array of choice can be overwhelming.  This is where the Careers Programme comes into its own, providing each pupil with tailored support depending on their chosen destination, whether that be university, a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship or a gap year.

The vast majority choose to go to university and we have a team of dedicated staff to provide support to ensure they are successful in entering the university of their choice. Those wishing to apply to Oxbridge begin a bespoke preparation course in the Lower Sixth.  Those aspiring to read Medicine, Veterinary Science and Law are also give specialist advice.

As a guide of what subjects you will need to apply to a variety of courses at university, please visit ‘What do I need to study to prepare for my university course?’

Pupil Destinations 2017

Aston Birmingham
 
Computer Science
 

Bath



Business Aministration

International Management

Birmingham
 


Computer Science; Economics; Maths; Politics; Psychology

Brighton
 



Business Management & Marketing
 

Geography; International Hospitality Mgt.

Primary Education

Bristol
 
Pharmacology
 

Cambridge
 
Economics
 


City University of London



Accounting & Finance; Economics with Accounting


Financial Economics; International Political Economy; Management



Coventry



International Relations
De Monfort Product Design
 


Durham



Philosophy; Politics & Economics

East Anglia
 


International Relations

Edinburgh
 


Applied Sports Science; Philosophy & Politics



Edinburgh Napier

Quantity Surveying



Exeter


Georgaphy (Science); Law

 

Politics, Philosophy & Economics

Greenwich

Mechanical Engineering


Hertfordshire
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Hull Law
Hull International Bus. Sch.
Business Administration
Imperial College London Biochemistry
King's College London

Business Management

European Politics

Leicester

Media & Communication,

Politics & International Relations

Loughborough Textiles: Innovation & Design
Northumbria Biomedical Science
Oxford Brookes Law

Portsmouth

Sport & Exercice Science
Reading Computer Science
Roehampton


Business Management

Southampton

Geography

Philosophy, Politics & Economics


Strathclyde
Economics
University of Arts London Fashion Management
University of Creative Arts

Design for Theatre, Film & Performance

Product Design


Warwick
Philosophy, Politics & Economics
Westminster

Law


York

Mathematics

Other destinations

Gap Year (5); Royal Military Academy; Sandhurst; ETA, Switzerland; Georgia Institute of Technology, USA; IE University, Madrid, Spain; Northeastern UNiversity, Boston, USA; St Gallen, Switzerland; University of Alberta, Canada; UNiversity Catollica, Lisbon, Portugal; University of Maastricht, Netherlands.