Starting by stressing that his ultimate aim was to get pupils to a university where they would be ‘happy and successful – in that order’ he then outlined how he gave guidance throughout the whole university process.
This started with advice (along with the IB Co-ordinator and Head of Sixth Form) about IB subjects, levels and combinations in Year 11. For UK applicants’ guidance about choice of universities, ensuring they meet requirements is given along with the acquiring of predicted grades and comments from teachers as well as detailed feedback about the crucial personal statement.
The same level of support is given to applicants to all other countries and systems – for instance ensuring that unique country-specific requirements are met in Europe while for the USA system, he ensures the manifold requirements are met, including the requisite SAT/ACT testing, the creation of a transcript and guidance for his colleagues who may have to write subject-specific references.
In addition, visits to local university fairs are arranged where possible (the first one occurred earlier in the week) as well as relevant visits to the school.
Guidance for possible careers as well is given, initially through an online assessment of students’ skills, abilities and interests through the STEP1 UK-based system. This will be shortly given to Year 12 and a slightly different one to Year 11 later in the year.
There will shortly be a section on this website with useful links and information so that students and parents can access relevant information at will.
Mr. Bird can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org