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Virtual Higher Education Conference


On the afternoon of Wednesday 20th May, Lower Sixth pupils had the opportunity to begin to move their preparations for life beyond school on to the next stage with their participation in a virtual Higher Education Conference.

The conference started with a video introduction from Mr Stone, Head of Sixth Form, and the afternoon was split into two parts.

Firstly, the pupils were able to watch a selection of presentations prepared by SGS staff on ‘How to fill in the UCAS Form’, ‘How to prepare your Personal Statement’, ‘Applying for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships’, ‘Writing a Personal Statement for Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry’, ‘Applying to Oxbridge’, ‘Applying to study Law at university’ and ‘Gap Year Options for me?’.

Then every pupil had an opportunity to attend a Google Meet with their UCAS Adviser. Our UCAS Advisers each work annually with a small group of students, enabling them to build a rapport with each student and offer support and wise counsel in equal measure.

Each UCAS Adviser brings personal expertise and experience of the Higher Education application process, and is trained to support students in their applications irrespective of their chosen course. UCAS Advisers also work closely with the Head of Careers in supporting students applying to Higher and Degree Level apprenticeships.

Pupils have been encouraged to register on UCAS Apply 2021 and to consider making a start, supported by their UCAS Advisers and teachers, on their personal statements. They have also been encouraged to explore opportunities to find out more about undergraduate courses and higher and degree apprenticeships by signing up for virtual open days and online events, alongside continued work on the UCAS Hub.

In reflecting on the success of this year’s virtual conference, Mr Stone said: “Now more than ever, our pupils and staff have needed to show grit and tenacity in their approach to their learning and teaching.

“Through their engagement in this year’s Higher Education Conference and their ability to continue to access the resources beyond the event itself, they can move forward confidently, working with their UCAS Advisers, with their preparations for life beyond school.”

Further activities are planned after half term with virtual presentations on key elements of completing applications from SGS Alumni, the University of Nottingham and Lancaster University.