As part of a series of tailored sessions and workshops on careers, all Year 11 pupils have a 40 minute careers interview with an independent adviser, and pupils are given the chance to speak to subject specialists who can advise on the co-curricular activities that support university and employment applications.
Year 12 pupils are automatically enrolled on the ‘Next Steps’ programme, which begins with an ‘Exploring Options’ evening, where a number of in-school experts will encourage pupils to explore a wide range of options for their next steps after the Sixth Form. In the same week, pupils will visit the School’s Higher Education and Careers Fair which is attended by nearly 100 exhibitors from some of the country’s largest universities and employers.
During lunchtimes and after school, pupils can visit dedicated support sessions on various subject and application types, including academic subject applications, Oxbridge, medicine and applications to overseas universities.
In the Trinity Term, Year 12 pupils attend the ‘Apply Evening’, which is an exploration of the process involved in applying to a university or for employment with input from a visiting university admissions expert. Pupils are then invited to a series of events organised by the School on UCAS applications, personal statement writing, and informed decision-making.
At the start of Year 13, interview practice is provided by a team of in-school experts, with opportunities for outside interview practice from partner schools. Specialist application support is also offered; for example, for applications to medicine. Alongside the programme of lectures and sessions on medicine and medical ethics, a mock multiple mini-interview session is held to mimic the current practice of university medical schools.
Many Forest pupils also think about gap years or travelling before embarking on the next stage of their education and support and advice is offered to these pupils.