Each student undertakes discussions with his/her Post-16 tutor and a member of the Post-16 Team in September of Year 12 regarding career and higher education intentions; subsequent meetings are then arranged for specialist groups (for example applicants to specific courses such as Medicine and Teaching degrees).
Students are supported and guided in the process of selecting relevant enrichment opportunities and, where appropriate, work experience throughout Year 12 to support their university applications. Weekly notices advertising opportunities and events related to Higher Education are advertised through “Tutor Group Business” items co-ordinated by the Head of Sixth Form.
Supplementary Studies sessions are employed to deliver a formal introduction to Higher Education procedures and issues, while support is also given to students to access opportunities outside school; for example, in 2015, events at Leeds University related to Law, Geography, Environmental Science, RE and Philosophy.
Students are supported in organising visits to relevant University Open Days and Taster Days, programmes such as Medlink and Vetlink and applications to schemes such as Headstart, Newcastle University Partners and Access to Leeds.
All students are given the opportunity to be accompanied to a Higher Education Exhibition (in 2015 at Bradford University) and to undertake a Higher Education Training event in School, through which advice on choices, personal statement writing, UCAS registration and technical aspects of the applications procedure are disseminated. All students participate in an individual interview exploring Higher Education intentions in June of Year 12 and parents/carers are formally involved through a Higher Education Evening in the summer term of Year 12.
Students also benefit from receiving Horsforth School Sixth Form booklets on Applying through UCAS and Frequently Asked Questions regarding UCAS Applications, in addition to exemplar personal statements and research materials tailored to each student’s specific course intentions. Students and parents/carers also receive a formal presentation with regard to Student Finance; this is generally delivered by specialist staff from a leading university, most recently Bradford and Lancaster.