Higher Education and Careers
Higher Education advice at St Edmund’s is available to pupils at any time through the Higher Education Adviser. The guidance offered is chiefly aimed at Sixth Formers who are encouraged to consider their future directions and possible course choices during the Lower Sixth (Year 12). Visits to university open days are encouraged and an annual trip to the Higher Education Fair at the University of Kent allows pupils to meet and talk to representatives of institutions from across the UK.
The process of application itself begins in the first term of Upper Sixth (Year 13) when pupils prepare and complete their personal statements and school references are finished in time for the UCAS form (for up to five British universities) to be sent online. This is an important time and regular appointments are offered with the Higher Education Adviser, who spends time with each applicant to ensure wise choices are made.
Pupils almost always go to their first choice university and destinations vary but include, since 2007, 11 to each of Manchester and Exeter and over 20 both to London Colleges (King’s, Imperial, UCL and Royal Holloway) and to Warwick, Durham, Oxford and Cambridge combined. Close advice on personal statements is given and the quality of applications and references has been praised by universities. More vocationally related degree courses are also well catered for and pupils have succeeded in gaining places at Music and Art Colleges too, in collaboration with the Heads of those departments.
The school provides Careers Guidance for each boy or girl throughout their time at St Edmund’s. The Careers Adviser works closely with colleagues teaching younger pupils (Years 9 and 10) as part of the PSHE and General Studies programmes as well as with the Higher Education Adviser as Sixth Formers prepare for university. There is also a Careers English programme for students in Year 12 to assist with interview techniques and in building an effective curriculum vitae. The emphasis is on helping the individual to make the right choices for future education and training as well as for the world of work beyond school.
The Internet based Futurewise programme is used during Year 11 providing a full psychometric profile, one to one careers interviews and online profile results. Guidance is given in using the decision-making tools and in choosing, where appropriate, Careers Experience courses and workshops.
Pupils are encouraged to gain work experience during the holidays and can choose to become involved in local work-related activities during the Friday Skills and Service programme. The Careers Adviser also arranges interviews with representatives from the Armed Forces.
In the Summer Term talks are arranged for Sixth Formers from former pupils who can give insights into their own professional fields. In recent times we have had representatives from the worlds of law, the arts and entrepreneurial business in the City of London. The School also liaises closely with the St Edmund’s Society to involve former pupils sharing their achievements and experiences as well as advising on future directions.
The world of employment is an ever-changing one. Helping each boy or girl to take advantage of the many opportunities available is our guiding principle as we prepare them to be successful young men and women in their lives beyond St Edmund’s.