Year 12 Aim Higher Week
The Warlingham Sixth Form College team was delighted by the success of our Aim Higher week at the beginning of June when Year 12 students started to think about their next steps for life after College. At such an exciting juncture in students’ lives, it was great to see them start to research their options and consider what they want to achieve in the future.
The week began with two days based in school where students had a combination of talks and workshops on the different options they could pursue, including how to register for UCAS and apply for University. A big part of the application process is writing a personal statement and so students were encouraged to sell themselves as well as their love of the subject. East Surrey College also visited the school to talk to students about different higher education opportunities, which students really valued.
At the same time, students who are more interested in applying for an apprenticeship had a bespoke talk and sessions on how to search for apprenticeship and what was involved in the process. Students were also extremely positive about their visit from Gatwick Airport and enthused by the different possible routes they could take to train with them in their chosen career.
On Tuesday 7th June, the day started with a question and answer session from some of our former Warlingham Sixth Form college students. It was great to catch up with a number of our former students who have gone on to brilliant things, including teaching in Qatar, gaining a PhD in Holocaust Studies and setting up a successful furniture business. We are very proud of our Alumni and extremely grateful to them for sharing their advice and guidance to our current students on their experiences and how to achieve their ambitions in the future.
Tuesday also witnessed our very first Futures Fair, which was superbly organised by Mrs Langley and involved over 40 organisations coming into school to speak to students. The Year 12s really enjoyed speaking to the representatives about their possible next steps and were also complemented by the organisations for their exemplary behaviour during their conversations.
Following the support offered in school, the rest of the week included some trips for students to visit institutions of higher education including the University of Royal Holloway. The students who attended were amazed by the stunning facilities and enjoyed learning about what life at University would involve as well as gained an understanding of how to succeed in the application process.
Finally, the week ended with a trip involving half of Year 12 visiting UK University Search, a university and apprenticeship fair, based at the Amex Stadium in Brighton. A huge number of Universities were represented along with apprenticeships and students enjoyed discussing their options with them, as well as picking up a number of prospectuses and freebies – tote bags proved to be particularly popular! Those students who attended once again conducted themselves in an exemplary manner and it was a pleasure to accompany them on the trip.
The College team hopes that students enjoyed the week and made the most of the opportunities available to them. We hope they are now excited to research their next steps options and if they need any support with their research, then please do not hesitate to contact the College team. Students can also check our new padlet, which contains a wealth of information here.
Feedback from a Year 12 Student
Aim higher week pushed me to explore my options and new ideas I didn’t originally consider. It helped me realise what I did and didn’t want going forward after College allowing me to narrow down my choices. I didn’t initially know what I wanted to do after Year 13, however I now have a better idea of what’s suitable for me after speaking to representatives of many universities and apprenticeship employers over the past week. The royal Holloway trip was my favourite since I got to experience a lecture and get to know how a university operates, as well as having a campus tour. Before this trip, I had never visited a university so going with the school was extremely beneficial for me. It was an inspiring trip seeing current students in their environment.
In addition, the Brighton University Fair allowed me to gain an insight of what the courses were like at each university. I could ask questions the websites don’t tell you and get their opinion on whether the course is suitable for what I am looking for. Finally, just having dedicated time to researching and speaking to ex-students was extremely helpful as I could focus solely on finding out where I want to go and getting their opinion on student life and the workload. I would highly recommend taking advantage of these opportunities when they arise since you may discover something new!
Maisie, Year 12