Jo Cameron, leading Warwickshire businesswoman and former candidate on The Apprentice TV programme speaking at a Kingsley careers event.
Mrs Sarah Bennett
In the Sixth Form students are required to make important decisions regarding higher education and their future careers. Weekly year group sessions are used to help them with this, offering guidance on the many opportunities available to them. The vast majority of students leaving the Sixth Form at Kingsley progress to higher education and the careers programme focuses on helping to prepare them for this.
There is a well-equipped careers room in the Sixth Form centre with a comprehensive range of up-to-date careers and higher education literature, material about specific careers and specialist subject areas as well as prospectuses of all the major universities and colleges. An internet connection in the room enables students to access details of over 100,000 degree courses.
Throughout the two years of the Sixth Form, students are offered individual careers counselling sessions with the head of careers to discuss routes and choices.
Year group sessions are used to explore post-18 options. Students are encouraged to investigate the Centigrade scheme, which considers their academic and personal profile and possible degree choices. This programme is reinforced when Y12 girls attend a higher education convention after their examinations in the summer term. Students are permitted to attend university open days during term, but are encouraged to do so in their own time so as not to disrupt their studies. Work experience is an increasingly important factor in gaining admission to university and students should make efforts to find relevant placements in the summer between Years 12 and 13. In the summer term parents and students are invited to attend an evening devoted to higher education at which application procedures are explained and the options available at 18 are discussed. Towards the end of the school year, former pupils are invited back to talk to current Sixth Form students about their universities and courses or gap year experiences.
Students continue to receive general and individual advice about university courses and applications. Mock interviews are held during the autumn term with the participation of outside specialists. Considerable help is given with completing the UCAS form and advising students on university choices and decisions. Year group sessions focus on a variety of issues including student finance, accommodation and university survival skills.