Careers and Higher Education
Our aim is to achieve the best possible outcomes for every pupil. The link between choice of degree course and future earnings is strong and so our guidance process begins at the earliest possible stage. Although academic credentials are important, character development and soft skills are becoming more influential in the employment market, underpinning qualifications and enhancing career opportunities. With this in mind, we encourage every pupil to maintain a broad range of interests and to seek new experiences which develop new skills.
As they move through the school, there will be regular consideration of different educational and career pathways to help individuals to make informed and effective choices. This is accomplished through the PSE programme, individual subjects and a diverse programme of visiting speakers. Once again, the personal tutor plays a vital role in challenging the logic of decisions and offering advice on the best pathway to follow. The personal tutor reports to parents, providing updates on future plans and detailing the advice that has been offered.
Our principle commitments in Careers & Higher Education are as follows:
- To ensure that pupils set ambitious goals for their current and future studies;
- To promote the balanced and complementary development of academic performance and character to ensure readiness for the worlds of work and further study;
- To ensure that every pupil follows a curriculum of examination courses and activities which create a strong foundation for future success;
- To ensure that pupils are able to make well informed subject, further study and career choices;
- To actively promote the relative benefits of:
- Degree level study at World Top 50 Universities
- Understanding the benefits of studying abroad
- Securing places on sponsored degree programmes with high status employers
Each year, every pupil has a one-to-one discussion with a senior member of staff regarding their future career and study options. These conversations are logged and revisited in subsequent meetings.