Careers, Advice and Guidance
Most students are aiming for higher education and they receive help and guidance from their Form Tutors and the Sixth Form Team to improve their study skills, identify their strengths and weaknesses and carry out personal action planning. Also, subject teachers often help students in this way.
Our Careers Advisers are Mr M Khutan and Mrs C Nind to whom students can refer themselves to for a one-to-one careers interview or just drop in for some particular advice or direction. “All Year 12 have a one to one career interview with a qualified careers advisor offering advice and guidance on the next steps Post 18. This is scheduled over the year during Pastoral Time. For the whole school careers section of the website, click here.
Students are supported at all stages of the UCAS process by their Form Tutor, and the rest of the Sixth Form team. We have a dedicated UCAS Co-ordinator, Mrs S Daly who along with the rest of the Sixth Form Team, will throughout the year post numerous opportunities, resources and information regarding Post 18 choices electronically on a dedicated ‘Google Classroom’ for Sixth Formers. There is support and guidance on ‘Super Curricular’ activities that we recommend students should engage with from the beginning of Year 12 and thereafter and this support is for numerous Post 18 options and not just University.
Ample time is set aside for UCAS preparation and application process, specifically. Students receive advice and guidance on how to write an outstanding Personal Statement, see presentations about finance and university life. Throughout the year we arrange university visits to and from universities including Oxford and Cambridge and many other institutions and students can attend open days at universities of their choice throughout the year. We also have a number of Alumina pupils who come back and talk to our Sixth Formers about both the University and Apprenticeship pathways. Talks from ex-students is what our current students have found most useful and have been very positive with their feedback. We have a dedicated Careers Resource Room which students can utilise to obtain information on a wide range of Career-related topics and Gap Year Information.
For those who wish to go into an apprenticeship or employment at the end of the Sixth Form, Mr M Khutan and Mrs C Nind have comprehensive information and often helps students to find their first job. Whatever their career choice, there is information and help available to all students and we aim to support them in every way possible to reach their full potential, develop their confidence and make the right choices about their future.
Students are also all registered to Pathway – a Careers tracking and mentoring programme which provides students with employability skills training and online mentoring. This is aimed at all students in the sixth form as these are areas that all our students need exposure to however, they are particularly proactive in raising awareness of employer opportunities (including degree apprenticeships) to the students. In the half term they organised a Pathway Skills Days that 300+ 6th Form students from across London (including our students) attended and had support from 90 company ambassadors from over 25 different companies. They also give access to company insight days and work experience opportunities and have the opportunity to apply to attend workshops with up to 40 major employers in the South East.
We also work with a number of organisations to help enhance the opportunities for our students. Each year we have a number of students who enrol on university preparation courses at institutions including King’s College London and University College London. Additionally, we will help students to develop their applications to attend Summer School sessions at a range of UK universities, this being organised as part of schemes offered by the Sutton Trust. Some students are also successful in applications to be awarded a place on schemes offered by the Social Mobility Foundation, often benefiting from work placements and mentoring offered as part of these schemes.
We are very proud of the fact that our 6th Form students consistently achieve excellent results, this allowing them to successfully move onto a range of competitive University courses and high-level apprenticeships and employment opportunities. A large percentage of our students have been successful in securing places at Russel Group Universities as well as Degree Apprenticeships at prestigious companies like Schroders and Ernst & Young. In recent years our students have moved on to a wide range of different courses and career sectors. We believe that each young adult regardless of background, with a vision of their future can achieve great success.