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Exciting futures ahead for Sixth Form after Higher Education Conference

Lower Sixth pupils attended a two-day Higher Education conference held at school to assist them with their forthcoming applications for University, Higher and Degree level apprenticeships and the world of work.

Guest speakers included social entrepreneur Duncan McCombe, founder of Network Young, who addressed pupils on the theme of ‘Personal Branding and Reverse Engineering’; Abbie Mountford from the University of Manchester, who gave an insight into student life; Alice Monaghan from Lancaster University encouraged the pupils to think ahead to the graduate job market and enhancing employability; and Will Hollis from the University of Nottingham ran a workshop on what universities are looking for from personal statements.

Pupils were given information on details such as completing UCAS forms, personal statements and interview techniques and also met with their personal UCAS Advisors. In addition to the support given by departments and form tutors, each pupil works closely on an individual basis with their UCAS Advisor; a member of the teaching staff who, using their expertise and experience of the Higher Education application process, is able to offer pupils personalised support from the start of the process to pressing the button to send their application! The personalised support on offer also extends to those looking to study abroad, apply to Higher or Degree level apprenticeships or follow other pathways beyond school.

Alongside our guest speakers, a number of our 2017 and 2018 leavers also joined pupils to give talks on their experience of the application process, their subjects of study, gap years and what the pupils have to look forward to at university. This enabled pupils to ask lots of questions about life beyond school.

The conference also included a number of workshops run by SGS staff covering a wide range of issues with sessions on the likes of Oxbridge, Medical applications, Law, applying for overseas study and gap years.

Parents too were given the opportunity to find out more about the challenges that lie ahead during a Higher Education Information Evening, which included a comprehensive overview of student finance from Laura McGrath at the University of Manchester.

In reflecting on the success of this year’s conference, Head of Sixth Form Mr David Stone, said: “There are lots of changes that pupils and parents have to get to grips with as they look ahead to preparing for life beyond school. We are lucky to be able to utilise our close links with Higher Education providers and our in-house expertise to prepare both pupil and parents; enabling the former to approach UCAS and other various application processes with confidence.”