With Year 13 fast approaching the current Y12s are looking forward to life after school and have been busy this term preparing themselves for UCAS applications and either life at University or on an apprenticeship. They are a very motivated and ambitious year group and have made the most of all the opportunities offered to them this year.
Many of the students have taken part in highly competitive university readiness schemes such as the SMF programme, Pathways to Law and PwC mentoring. These have allowed the students to really think about what their future pathway will be, and have given them the opportunity to work with professionals who will help them achieve this.
Students have also been selected to attend Masterclasses at universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, SOAS, Imperial and Kings where they have attended lectures, met current students and been given a taste of both what university life would be like and what it is like to study a specific subject.
Year 12 students are well underway working on UCAS personal statements. At the start of the month the students were lucky to hear Jane Marshall, an admissions tutor, from Imperial College London speak about the dos and don'ts of personal statement writing. Students found the session incredibly helpful. The majority of students have registered on the UCAS website following a term where form time has been dedicated to this process.
Furthermore students have had dedicated time during passport day to work with tutors on their first draft of a personal statement. All students have used our UCAS personal statement booklet which incorporates our training from the Higher Education Access Network, an organisation dedicated to widening participation and supporting young people into ambitious destinations.
Finally, it was fantastic to see so many of our parents and students at our Destinations evening last week which focused on how to choose the right course and ensure students are being aspirational and informed throughout the process. With the support given, we expect all students to have completed their personal statements by the end of September.