Pastoral Support

UCAS and careers guidance

We provide a great deal of support for what lies beyond our sixth form. Any potential Oxbridge, medical, veterinary and dental science applicants are identified in year 11 and a programme of support begins for them in year 12.

In late January we hold a higher education input during the day for students and parents in the evening, where they learn the cost of sending their son/daughter to university!

We also cater for the many apprenticeships and employment routes that are now available and hold both a university and employability day for all students. Additionally, we have specialist careers guidance available via the school throughout the year.

Additional subject sessions

For the first time this year, we have been able to allocate many subjects with an additional ‘support lesson’ in each block. This means that for students who are finding a particular area of their course challenging, they have access to a staff in a separate lesson in order to consolidate their learning. Access to these groups can be either self-referral, or from a class teacher.

Key Services Team

There are several trained counsellors within school who are there to support students during difficult times. Key Services is located opposite the Heads of House Office, and they are available to help with any issues that may arise, offering support and guidance.  There are numerous external agencies who can be accessed via this team, e.g. Open Door, school nurse, Brook and Aquarius.  

"Listening Ear" Service for Sixth Form Students

Additionally, a valuable sixth form specific ‘Listening Ear’ service is available which covers any concerns students may have regarding anxiety, friendship and relationship issues, work-related stresses, or just there as someone to talk to. 

This is what students and parents have previously said about the “listening ear” service.

'Without you support over the last 6 months on my personal issues you have given me guidance and support that has led me to get help and now I can see that light at the end of the tunnel'.

‘Just wanted to say a huge 'thank you' for the support you gave my daughter’.