Our Sixth Form careers department help our students to find paths that are suitable to each individual and their aspirations.
Our Sixth Form students are offered extensive careers guidance and support to equip them with the skills they will need to succeed at university and in the future as they begin their careers.
We believe that all our students should carefully consider whether they should go to university or whether they would like to investigate alternative routes such as degree apprenticeships.
We have a team on non-teaching staff in our careers department who can provide one-to-one advice and who organise a number of careers events to enlighten students on the varied opportunities that are available and on the skills that employers are seeking today.
We organise and host an annual Higher Education, Careers, Apprenticeships and Gap Year Fair which sees experts from different fields of employment and representatives from universities visit the school to offer valuable information and advice to our students.
Visiting speakers address our Sixth Form students in weekly sessions on various aspects of university life, gap year experiences, apprenticeships, employment and career development. The weekly Careers Lunches allow students to meet a diverse range of professionals who talk about their careers and give the students advice on entering the professional world.
Every Berkhamsted Sixth student is given advice and guidance on how to write their CV, plus techniques to succeed in interviews for both university and employment.
Each year, we host a medicine day and a law day for the benefit of both Berkhamsted students and students at other schools in the area. Students are able to gather information which will help them to decide if they wish to pursue these professions.
All Year 12 students at Berkhamsted spend one week near the end of the school year on a work experience placement. Our students are encouraged to describe the skills they develop during their work experience in their UCAS personal statements and each Head of House receives written feedback from each student’s employer.
At Berkhamsted we also have a policy of offering our current and former students part-time employment opportunities with businesses associated with the school. These opportunities include event catering, holiday camps and roles within our Knox-Johnston sports centre.
Results and Destinations
The majority of our students earned a place at their first choice of university, taking up places at the top institutions in the UK including Oxford, Cambridge and the Russell Group universities.Results and Destinations
Clearly an academically driven department, it’s refreshing to meet the Head of Sixth, Martin Walker, and hear that the students get the support and encouragement to find and follow their own path whatever that may be – from setting up their own business or doing an apprenticeship.