Careers Education and Guidance
Most students are aiming for higher education and they receive help and guidance from their Form Tutors 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 Adviser, Mrs Cathy Nind, is in school 2 days a week and students can refer themselves to her 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 careers interview with a qualified careers advisor offering advice and guidance on the next steps post 18. This is scheduled over the year during the period 5 slot.”
A day is set aside to start the UCAS preparation and application process. Students receive advice and guidance on how to write an outstanding Personal Statement, see presentations about finance and university life. We arrange university visits and students can attend open days at universities of their choice throughout the year. 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, Mrs Nind has 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 supported at all stages of the UCAS process by their Form Tutor, and the rest of the Sixth Form team.
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 benefitting from work placements and mentoring offered as part of these schemes.
We are very proud of the recent success rate of our students in achieving their desired places at university, particularly in such a competitive market. 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.