Whilst most of our Sixth Formers go straight to University, some opt for a Gap Year or enter the workplace. Whatever students decide we support them every step of the way.
Our support programme starts in the spring term of Year 12 when we work with students to research university courses and alternative options. We also encourage girls to attend a Higher Education Fair and hold an information evening for girls and parents. Experienced teaching staff also offer support for admissions tests, such as the BMAT and LNAT, and organise mock interviews.
The GDST offers specialised tutoring and the opportunity to attend an Oxbridge Conference. This is an immersive two-day experience with first class support during the selection process at highly competitive universities. This is in addition to the in-house support we offer, such as Med Soc and other subject specific extension classes. Our careers staff, Sixth Form tutors and subject staff are always available to provide help and advice. Girls even have their own dedicated tutor to support them through the process.
They also have the opportunity to attend GDST career insight days, held specifically for Sixth Formers. These take place regularly throughout the year at employers’ premises and offer an early opportunity to engage with potential contacts. The full spectrum of careers are catered for including business and finance, the arts and science and engineering. We encourage girls to attend at least one of these events during their time in the Sixth Form.