Practically the first thing students do upon joining the Sixth Form is to go on a residential weekend at Lancaster University where they get a taste of university life whilst bonding with their fellow Sixth Formers and Tutors.
Back at school there is day-to-day support throughout the process of choosing and applying to university which includes visits to universities, access to prospectuses, support sessions for Oxbridge and medical applicants, help in crafting personal statements, interview practice and much more.
The Careers Conference is a biennial event in which pupils in year 10 and above, together with their parents, are invited to attend an evening with over 70 representatives of different careers and Higher Education institutions. During the evening there is a programme of lectures on topics such as “Entry to Medicine”, a range of smaller talks about individual careers and a large number of volunteers who speak ‘one to one’ with pupils and their parents about their experiences. This busy, exciting evening is often the springboard which starts pupils thinking about their futures and, as such, is an important part of the school curriculum. To help pupils in choosing who to listen to on the evening, a brochure is printed in which short biographies of each representative and their career so far are given. This helps pupils plan the evening carefully.