Leweston recognises the importance of providing individualised support and guidance to Sixth Formers, enabling them to make considered and informed choices about their future. Extensive help is available from the tutor team, Head of Sixth Form and Careers Adviser.
A comprehensive programme of careers education begins at the start of Lower Sixth when students are given advice on post-Sixth Form options
including university, employment, higher-level apprenticeships and taking a gap year. This is supplemented by further support and information
from a higher-level apprenticeship representative, a Russell Group university speaker and a current undergraduate.
Lower Sixth students complete a personal SWOT analysis which forms the basis of their career development plan. During one to one interviews
with the Careers Adviser, Mrs Hutton, individual students are given support to find work experience and organise university open day visits. Students’
are also given CV writing advice.
Year 12 students are taken to the local UCAS Higher Education Convention, where there are a large number of universities, apprenticeship providers, and volunteer and gap year programmes. This is followed by a dedicated Futures Directions Day including workshops on applying to university. Student talks are also available, covering topics such as Oxbridge applications.
Year 12 attend a special LEaD day during the summer term when they have the opportunity to experience a ‘Multiple Mini Interviews’ (MMI) type assessment, including team-based challenges.
This is good practice the variety of assessment methods used when applying for graduate jobs.
Students produce a first draft of their UCAS application for the start of Year 13, and the Careers Adviser works with the students to hone and perfect their personal statement. This ensures that applications are ready for the early deadline for medical, dentistry, veterinary and Oxbridge applications. However, it is beneficial to send all applications to UCAS early in the Autumn term, particularly for competitive courses as places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Where students are required to attend an interview the Head of Careers ensures the student is fully prepared, including a mock interview. Once students have received their offers the Head of Careers then helps students select a first choice and an insurance choice.
Later in Year 13 students are given help and advice on how to ensure their university experience is successful, fulfilling and rewarding. Where relevant, mock interviews are organised, often using the extensive network of Old Antonians (Leweston alumni). Oxbridge candidates are registered for additional external exams which take place at the beginning of November. Extensive help is given to art students collating their art portfolio for the creative
courses. Year 13 students who want to go straight into employment are given support
finalising their CV, completing job application forms and attending interviews.
Once university offers have been received students are given help making their firm and insurance choices A presentation on student finance gives information on how and when to apply for funding. Additionally, students are shown how to use LinkedIn to develop their professional network once they have commenced university.
On A Level results day, the Careers Adviser and Head of Sixth Form are available to assist any students who have not achieved their predicted grades and may need help with the UCAS clearing