Almost 100% of the School’s pupils go on to their preferred university, to study the course of their choice, with around 40% of Upper Sixth-Form leavers going on to Russell Group universities, including Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College, University College London and Durham. Preparation for university starts early. In the Autumn Term of Year 11, the School’s dedicated Sixth-Form staff hold a Post-16 Presentation Evening. The pupils are offered a Year 11 Surgery where they have a meeting with a member of the Senior Management Team to discuss A-Level options, potential careers and university courses.
At the end of the Summer Term in Year 12, pupils attend a three-day induction programme on applying for university; it includes using the UCAS website, writing personal statements, researching university courses and attending a university open day.
Throughout the whole process, the School’s pupils use the dedicated Sixth-Form Centre and are fully supported by the Sixth Form staff. Whilst the UCAS website is a tremendous resource in itself, the Sixth-Form Centre also contains literature that the School receives from higher-education institutes. The School’s staff appreciate that applying for university can be a very daunting experience for a young person and so commit to providing pupils with support individual support to help guide them through the process.