Year 13, our first A Level cohort, has already started the slightly daunting process of applying for university for 2022. We have students applying to the UK, Australia and Hong Kong, among other places being considered.
Year 13 has spent the summer drawing together the highlights of their school life and thinking about relevant evidence to include in their personal statements. Since returning to school, as their Head of Key Stage, I have spent time with them, in 1-1 meetings, as well as group meetings discussing the application process and how we can assist as a school. I have also had the opportunity to present to parents on the timeline of applying to university, alongside offering the chance to ask their questions, before hosting a ‘Meet the Teacher’. It was a pleasure to work together, in a partnership, which will hopefully give our students the best chance to achieve their first choice university.
Our Year 13 is also working in PSHE on researching ‘what makes a good university’, as well thinking about whether to live on campus or in a city. They are producing presentations on their research to share with the rest of the cohort. The students are becoming very aware that it is not just about ‘whether they are best fit for the university’ however it is also ‘is the university best fit for them?’
By the time of application deadlines, their understanding will not solely be around the courses they have chosen but also how to survive moving away from home: cooking, cleaning and finances, as well as navigating their way around a new country. We will of course, also, continue to support them every step of the way in their A Level studies.
Link to the presentation _ https://youtu.be/YGDO7Wp_fzQ