Life after Culford

Culford School’s Sixth Formers 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 Sixth Formers 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, Culford 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.

University Entry

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 (Year 11). When you start Lower Sixth you may have some ideas in mind about the courses and universities you might be interested in. Your personal tutor will meet with you to discuss these and other options, and guide you towards the resources which you will find the most useful as part of your research. There is also 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 your Lower Sixth year, the Head of Further Education organises a ‘Life after Culford’ conference. This exciting week of activity 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.

To see what happened in ‘Life after Culford’ week this year, click here...

When you start the September of your Upper Sixth year, we move quickly into your final application, providing intensive support, through your tutor and the Head of Further Education, as you complete your UCAS application, applications to US Colleges via the US College Board, or applications to European or International Universities. We carefully proof-read it and provide advice to allow you to maximise your chances of success. We also ensure that your application is submitted well before the national deadline as experience shows this can have a positive effect on your chances of acceptance.

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.

Culford Sixth Formers have an excellent record of success using these techniques, with many Culfordians receiving four or five offers, including those who apply for competitive courses at well-known universities.

find out about university destinations here

Oxbridge Support

There is extensive support for those pupils who wish to make an application to Cambridge or Oxford Universities. Aspiring pupils are able to visit one of the Oxford or Cambridge Student Conferences in March, with our proximity to Cambridge making Open Days easily accessible. Culford also organises a separate visit to Oxford University Open Days in June or early July.

In addition, one-to-one interview workshops are given to all those who secure an Oxbridge Interview.

The Careers Library

The Careers Library, which is situated in the main library, holds current information about a wide range of career areas, gap opportunities, higher education, funding and courses. It includes many leaflets, booklets, and brochures, and a good stock of books related to careers and issues you may face on leaving school. New editions of seminal careers literature are ordered annually. A number of careers-related magazines are available for browsing. Posters advertising careers seminars and useful websites are also displayed here.

Culford Careers Blog

Lesley Martin, Librarian and Head of Careers runs a Careers blog which she regularly updates with the latest careers information and opportunities.

View the blog and sign up to receive updates here

The Old Culfordian Community

All those who leave Culford 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, and produce an annual magazine, FOCuS, and bimonthly email newsletters.

find out more about the foundation here