What support do you offer for students in making their University applications?

Students receive individual support and advice on university applications and applications for apprenticeships/degree apprenticeships from their teachers, Tutor, Head of House and the Careers Department.

In the first term, we speak with the students about intellectual curiosity and exploring their interests by reading widely, by looking into super-curricular competitions and by doing research. At the start of January, all students and parents are invited to a talk in the Centenary Theatre entitled ‘An Introduction to the University Application Process’. We provide students and their parents with access to Unifrog, an award-winning online university and careers platform, which helps with course selection and comparison.

Once initial degree choices have been made, students are supported by Subject Advisors for all of the main subject areas and are given advice and support to prepare their personal statements. Students complete a draft UCAS personal statement before the summer holidays of Year 12 and are given feedback on how to improve it. During Year 13, final support in submitting university applications is provided by the Tutors and Heads of House with support from the Deputy Head and Head Teacher.

Individual support via the Careers team is given to those applying for Degree Apprenticeships. There is also an Oxbridge consultant who works individually to support and challenge students who wish to apply to the most selective universities.