Preparation for Higher Education

We believe the majority of our students should be joining our sixth form with the long term aim of applying to university. University study is not for everybody and we do offer support in gaining work experience, apprenticeships and employment for those who feel further study is not for them. However, we do have an academic focus and encourage most students to aspire to, and plan for higher education from very early on in their post-16 studies.


  • Annual group visits to university open days
  • Annual group visit to the Higher Education Fair (London Olympia)
  • Annual group visit to Oxford University (all science students)
  • Introduction to Higher Education session for parents and students
  • Tutorial sessions focusing on aspects of the application process
  • Higher Education seminar (student finance, how to choose courses, how to choose universities, how to get work experience, how to log-in to UCAS)
  • Application and interview skills seminars for those aspiring to ‘Selective’ universities
  • Mock interview practice
  • ‘Brilliant Club’ programme (Gifted and Talented students) aimed at supporting applications to Russell Group/Medicine courses
  • On-line application support
  • Annual work experience programme for all Year 12 students
  • Visiting speakers focusing on a wide range of university-related issues including; ERASMUS (European university exchange programme) student finance, personal statement writing, applications for STEM subjects etc.
  • Access to a specialist careers advisor

‘Sixth Formers remark on the strength or relationships and the support they
receive in gaining university places’
Ofsted 2013