Sixth Form students have the opportunity to listen to a variety of enriching internal and external speakers throughout the course of their studies. Previous topics have included: Internet Safety, Chiropractic Careers, the conflict in the Middle East, the role of the RNLI, the National Citizen Service.
Careers advice and guidance is provided through the tutor programme, with each student being closely supported by the Careers Advisor (Alice Rowe - pictured) and Head of Sixth Form (Lucy Beng). All students have a Unifrog account which supports their careers education and provides access to webinars, MOOCS, subject guides and application support.
We also invite external speakers to the school to provide information about a variety of career routes; in addition to this we host a Futures Day in Year 12 where we explore a huge range of post 18 options, and take students to the UCAS Discovery convention at one of our local universities where they can explore a wide array of academic and career opportunities.
"Careers advice is about exploring employment, educational and career options with students and ensuring they have access to the information needed to make educated and realistic decisions about their future to reach their full potential. I am honoured to work with students and help them establish and achieve their career goals, whether that be long or short term goals."
"I support students within all aspects of careers including 1-2-1 career interviews, signposting and research, structuring a gap year to support your future, work experience, applications, results day and beyond! The support doesn’t stop after you receive your results and I am happy to be available to our Alumni."
Not all success is measured by academic achievement though. A number of the Year 12 pupils took on the role of peer mentorship, aiding and supporting pupils in the younger years in order to allow them to flourish. The prefect team have gone into lower school lessons in their chosen subject areas to act as support for the younger pupils, in many cases increasing the confidence of both sets of students. The sixth form pupils also volunteered in care homes, ran the Race for Life and organised the Winter Ball to raise money for their chosen charities to name but a few events.
There are numerous opportunities for pupils to develop their confidence and leadership skills here at BCS in order to best prepare them for whatever their next steps may be.