At Chellaston Academy, we pride ourselves on the comprehensive programme of study and support that our Sixth Form students receive. We introduce the idea of ‘Next Steps’ to our Year 12 students after February half term. They are presented with the different options available to them when they leave us, such as: university, apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships, gap years, a year in industry and going straight into a job.
These options are discussed via assemblies and a tutor programme of study. Students are given the opportunity to explore the options in depth and compare the pros and cons of each of them. A more in-depth opportunity to explore these options is completed in the summer term, where students are signed up to UCAS, Unifrog and the Government’s Apprenticeship website. Unifrog is a careers platform that the school has brought in which combines all aspects of Next Steps and is an excellent resource for both students and parents to use. UCAS is the organisation through which students apply to university. In Year 13, students have one morning a week during registration which is designated to all things Next Steps.
We are lucky enough to have a dedicated careers lead at the academy and she organises lots of events to support students in their next steps and also has one to one meetings with students who need more guidance. Events that are organised are ones such as whole year careers interviews, CV writing workshops, enterprise skills workshops and employability masterclasses. We regularly have alumni coming in to talk to the students about their experiences and we also send out a monthly parent pack out to keep parents up to date on apprenticeships.
On the university front, we take all Year 12 students to the annual UCAS exhibition so they can begin to get an idea of how many universities there are and the breadth of courses available to them. We have a team of UCAS experts who check through all our students’ applications before they are sent off. We take select students who are interested to the annual Oxbridge Conference and bring in representatives from Oxbridge to personally talk to students. We have had mock medical interviews and are planning on a trip to Cambridge university this year. Chellaston Academy is a registered test centre, so any university entrance exams can be sat on the school site.
You may find the following websites useful when thinking about your Next Steps:
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