At the heart of everything we offer in the Sixth Form at King’s is a recognition that school and exams are not the end for pupils, it is the beginning.
The beginning of a life where the start you make is so crucial in determining what happens in the rest of it. From early in the Lower Sixth, pupils start their discussions of ‘what next?’ in their lives. Making decisions about life after King’s can seem both exciting and daunting. The Careers and Higher Education Department at King’s will help guide pupils through the entire process so that the transition is as smooth as possible. Whether pupils are heading for university or straight into a career or apprenticeship, there is an active programme and support to help them find their way ahead, including our well-regarded careers forum, full of professionals from the workplace sharing their experiences and wisdom. For those applying to university, pupils will receive detailed assistance with the application process, with writing statements and deciding destinations. For those aiming for the most selective courses, such as Oxford, Cambridge and Medicine, we offer specialist and successful programmes to ensure that applicants are thoroughly prepared.
It may be that a gap year is the route that a pupil wishes to take. At King’s Bruton we are proud of our links with the Shining Faces Orphanage in Southern India, which could be just one way in which pupils to serve others in a year abroad, taking the school’s Christian ethos well beyond the Bruton valley!
A hallmark of King’s Sixth Form is the integration of the wealth of experience of Old Brutonians and professionals from universities and the world of work into the advice and support given to pupils. We are fortunate enough to have a number of Parents, Old Brutonians and Friend’s of King’s who are willing to give their time to our Sixth Form students in order to advise and mentor them concerning a specific career or university choice. Our ‘mentors’ cover a wide range of subjects and higher education establishments. They offer varying degrees of help, from a one-off phone call to point a student in the right direction, to regular advice, workplace shadowing and possible work experience.
For higher education providers who wish to contextualise the school UCAS references, a profile of the Sixth Form and examinations can be viewed here.