In Year 12 students have many opportunities to engage with our partners in industry and some of the top universities to ask for advice and guidance so that they can make informed choices. We organise for representatives of a range of employment sectors to deliver presentations and workshops with our students and we have links with companies who mentor students who have aspirations to work in specific professions. For example, a group of Year 12’s work with professional mentors from Weightmans law firm in Leeds and a number of students attend a one day seminar with accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Our Sixth Form Team has huge experience in supporting students in making decisions and applying for their chosen post 18 pathway. Whilst most of our students go on to Higher Education, an increasing number secure high value apprenticeships and this is becoming a popular route for those that feel a fast track route into a profession is for them. We support our students throughout the UCAS process exploring the options and courses available, gaining valuable experiences in our Sixth Form to enhance their marketability, writing a first class personal statement and provision of outstanding academic references. All students are assigned a personal tutor who will support them in their Post 18 pathway. They are dedicated staff members with a wealth of experience in helping students be successful in their applications.

“The flexibility which the Sixth Form provides is significant in preparing us for the real world and gives us a sense of independence”.
— Tasha, Year 13 student


Destination of Year 13 Students

2016 2017 2018
% of students applying to HE (all forms) 79 77 82
% University first choice including deferred entry 62 49 65
% University second choice 10 17 6
% Russell Group University 44 35 33
% University through clearing 4 8 7
% Gap Year 10 12 7
% Art Colleges 1 1 2
% Other 0 0 3
% Employment / Apprenticeships 10 10 10
% FE Colleges 2 3 1
“Students aspire to do well due to the support of their teachers and aspirations they have. Many recent students have become famous in their chosen area of work, such as acting in Hollywood films, joining renowned British pop groups, and excelling in national sports or performance in national ballet groups.

This exemplifies the nurture given to students over recent years to become whatever it is they want to become.”
— Ofsted