The College works in close association with the Independent Schools Careers Organisation (ISCO) to help students discover their strengths and aptitudes, and thus guide them towards a range of potential professions. Support is provided throughout years 11 to 13, especially during the university application procedure. Careers resources are available online and in the Library.
The following members of staff have a particular responsibility for careers guidance at the College:
Mr Stephen J Ward (MMath, Sussex; MASt, MPhil Cantab) - Assistant Head (Academic),
Mrs Carol E Palmer (MA Oxon).
All members of the Fifth Form are enrolled on the ISCO Futurewise careers scheme. Futurewise covers all the major educational transition points for pupils from enrolment to their 23rd birthday. Futurewise members have a secure, personalised workspace at www.myfuturewise.org.uk, which includes an interactive toolkit to assist in decision-making and personal development. Tutors and parents have online access to Futurewise resources.
Pupils and parents are introduced to the Futurewise scheme at the start of the Advent Term in the Fifth Form, and profiling and individual interviews take place before Half Term. Pupils may book further interviews with the ISCO representative or with schools’ liaison officers from the Army, Navy and RAF. Each year a Careers Conference is held for Fifth Form pupils and their parents. This event involves talks by up to 40 speakers covering different careers. Lower Sixth pupils new to the school also attend. Advice on applications to university is provided in the Lower Sixth year. Pupils intending to follow careers in Medicine are provided with specialist advice by the Biology Department.
Pupils are strongly encouraged to gain work experience during the holidays, particularly if they are considering careers in medicine, veterinary science and engineering. This helps to focus their choice of university course and adds a positive element to their UCAS personal statements. Although pupils are responsible for making their own arrangements, the school is usually able to help them find appropriate placements. The Young Enterprise Scheme gives pupils insight into commercial practices. Pupils who have plans for adventurous or challenging travel may apply for a travel bursary.