The majority look for entry to Russell Group and other top-ranking universities in the UK. Along the way they are well supported by our Careers Co-ordinator and by a carefully-tailored programme of university guidance and support at both a whole school and department level. In order to ensure pupils make the right decisions they sit accredited psychometric tests followed by one on one discussions in Year 11.
All students are expected to complete a week of work experience in the summer term of Years 10 and 12. The dates are set by the school.
A work placement is an opportunity to spend a period of time outside the classroom, learning about a particular job or area of work. This helps pupils decide what they want to do for a career and also develops relevant skills and attitudes.
Specifically, work experience enables students to:
• discover more about jobs they are interested in
• learn how to deal with people, work in a team, use office equipment and IT packages
• talk to other employees and find out about what they do
• include details about their placement on their UCAS form, CV and job applications
There is a lot of competition for some placements so students should think about planning what they would like to do in advance. If they have any contacts in a particular area of work that interests them, they may wish to explore these at the beginning of Years 10 and 12. The work experience coordinator at school will guide them through the process.