Sixth Form Updates – January 2021

Senior School
14 Jan 21

In ordinary times, our Sixth Form students would begin our post-18 preparation programme, which supports them in the planning for the various options available after the Sixth Form. Mr Ellmers, Head of Sixth Form, has provided our students with a remodelled, virtual provision that they can follow throughout the lockdown period. You can find all of the details below:

Lower Sixth Microsoft Teams Group: L6th Post-18 Options

Please check this channel regularly, as there will be various opportunities that may be relevant as you consider your plans for after School. This will include links to virtual open days and university/apprenticeship fairs – in the absence of in-person open days, it is important that you make the most of all the virtual opportunities on offer to you.

Zoom: ‘Preparing for post-18 options’ every Friday at 2.30pm during period 5

Mr Ellmers will be hosting optional drop-in sessions on Zoom every Friday at 2.30pm to introduce you to the different options available after School. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the respective processes.

Each week will have a different focus – please feel free to join as many introductory sessions as you consider relevant:

Friday 15th January – Applying to university (1);

Friday 22nd January – Applying to university (2);

Friday 29th January – Applying for apprenticeships;

Friday 5th February – Applying for direct employment;

Friday 12th February – Preparing for a gap year.

A Zoom link will be posted into the Team each week.

NextSteps Course

You all need to register for our new online course ‘NextSteps’, which has been designed to prepare you for the application processes that you will go through in the Upper Sixth and beyond. Please follow the registration instructions that will be posted on the L6th Team. It is expected that you will make adequate progress through the interactive content on university, apprenticeship, gap year and employment options – it is recommended that you set aside some time on Wednesday afternoons to work through the course; Lockdown represents a prime opportunity for you to make headway with the course – it is self-paced, but your progress will be monitored.

Oxbridge, Medical and Veterinary applicants

You will continue to receive tailored support and guidance from Mr Jones, Head of Academic Scholars, who will be in touch with you on an individual basis. If you are considering Oxbridge or Medicine/Veterinary Science, please ensure that you make contact with Mr Jones ( as soon as possible.

Virtual Events – Please encourage your son/daughter to register for the following events UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair – Wednesday 27th January

The first of these events will be the UK University and Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair which will take place between 12pm and 6pm on the 27th January. This free virtual event, for students in Fifth and Sixth Forms, will feature a diverse range of exhibitors and vital webinars. Students, teachers and parents can find out more and sign up here. Meet the Russell Group Virtual Event – Wednesday 10th February

This spring’s event will see all 24 universities once again, as well as a new line-up of webinars and virtual tours from each university. You can find out more and sign up here. InvestIn Immersive work experience

We are a partner School with InvestIn Education, meaning that you will receive a discount on these courses. Please contact Mr Ellmers to book your space and receive the discount.

The following courses are available, click on the link to find out more:

Computer Science
Fashion Design
International Development
Investment Banking
Management Consultancy
Veterinary Science

Please contact Mr Ellmers ( if you would like to book a Zoom meeting to discuss your child’s plan.