The award-winning Careers Department is well equipped to enable our students to leave RGS with all the skills that are needed to succeed in the world beyond school. In the Sixth Form, the advice and guidance that each student receives is suited to their aspirations and pupils are encouraged to open their eyes to the wealth of opportunity that awaits them; this might include going to University in the UK, Europe or even America or, increasingly, students are looking to Degree Apprenticeships and relevant Gap Year activities before going to University. We work with students to build momentum in approaching these key decisions through the following:
• Academic Enrichment including Enterprise & Employability skills delivered in conjunction with the Careers and Enterprise Company
• Work Experience support
• Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
• Volunteering development through enrichment and RGS in The Community Programme
• Reasoned and flexible decisions for Higher Education including International study
• Discussion of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships and help with applications
With around 97% of RGS students going on to University, our main aim is to ensure that they all gain the right place in Higher Education. And that figure masks an even more important factor: that the vast majority of RGS students go to their first choice university. As well as incorporating Careers advice and guidance within the PSHCE curriculum, we have dedicated days for the Sixth Form that facilitate the UCAS process with Higher Education conferences and workshop days. An essential part of this process is enrolling on ‘Unifrog,’ a superb search tool for Higher Education. This has proved an invaluable resource for our Sixth Formers and has enabled them to explore the wealth of opportunity that awaits them and is provided for all RGS students.
Applications for Oxbridge, Medics and Veterinary Sciences applications are different from most other University applications and must be treated as such. We have a dedicated team of staff who support Oxbridge applications and the process starts as early as Year Ten or Eleven. A separate team supports aspiring medics and vets through their application process and tests. Students in the Sixth Form receive appropriate coaching and advice on interview technique as well as specialist seminars and enrichment sessions.
The Careers department hosts a wide range of speakers from diverse professions in the monthly Careers Seminars that are held in our Eld Hall throughout the Academic year. These Seminars range from Employability skills to Careers in STEM subjects with international and local companies coming into School to engage students in their field of expertise. The annual Careers & Higher Education EXPO, with over 100 exhibitors annually, gives all students the chance to speak to professionals about their own career paths and to find out what qualifications and skills are required for specific careers. At RGS, we recognise that the more exposure RGS pupils get to the world of work, the keener and more successful our students will be when they enter it.