Next Steps Programme
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 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.
Oxbridge, Medics, Vets and Dentists
For those students who wish to apply for the most competitive courses, nationally i.e. students wanting to apply to Oxford or Cambridge, or study Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry, we have a bespoke programme of support. This includes, subject specific mentoring through regular meetings, specialised application support with multiple levels of checking, interview training and mock interviews. We also facilitate all entrance exams in a familiar environment.
All Year 12 students are taken to the annual UCAS exhibition so they can begin to get an idea of the different Universities and the breadth of courses available to them. We also have a specialist team of UCAS experts who put our students’ applications through an ongoing process of quality assurance to ensure they are of the highest quality.
We ensure that all students are fully supported to the point of starting their next step, even if that changes at the very last minute.
You may find the following websites useful when thinking about your Next Steps: