Our pupils develop a love of their subject, an appetite for learning and have a wide range of extra-curricular interests and experience. This stands them in good stead for completing their UCAS application for university or at interviews for their first job.
The vast majority of pupils move onto higher education institutions, usually university but also Art Colleges, Drama School or vocational courses. To help them choose and successfully apply for courses, our students benefit from having their own individual tutors, as well as subject teachers and a dedicated Head of Careers. They enjoy one-to-one advice and guidance throughout their decision making process: from choosing A Levels to choosing a degree course.
We begin even before your Sixth Form career with the ‘UCAS and Beyond’ seminar for students and their parents at the end of Lower Fifth (Y11). There is a Careers Convention, a key event where you can discuss a variety of careers with a number of professionals from different areas.
At the end of Lower Sixth, a ‘Life after Culford’ conference includes expert speakers from universities, businesses and student organisations, trips to universities, a Q&A with recent leavers and an Enterprise Challenge. The Enterprise Challenge includes a Dragon’s Den style pitch to test entrepreneurial skills and teamwork. There are also workshops on interview skills, writing a personal statement and gaining work experience.
At the start of Upper Sixth, students progress their final application and we provide intensive support through tutors and the Head of Further Education. Interview practice sessions are organised for all of our applicants who are invited to interview.
We also work with Cambridge Occupational Analysts who run Centigrade, a Higher Education course finder questionnaire, and students have access to an online careers development programme.
There is extensive support for those pupils who wish to make an application to Cambridge or Oxford. Aspiring pupils are able to visit an Oxford or Cambridge Student Conference, with our proximity to Cambridge making Open Days easily accessible. We organise a separate visit to Oxford University Open Days in the Summer Term. One-to-one interview workshops are given to all those who secure an Oxbridge Interview.
The Careers Library holds current information about a wide range of career areas, gap opportunities, higher education, funding and courses. It includes information related to careers and issues that pupils may face on leaving school.
The Old Culfordian Community
All pupils become Old Culfordians; members of a vibrant and connected alumni community. Old Culfordians are cared for by the Foundation department who hold frequent events and reunions.