University may not be the chosen destination for all students who enrol at KHS. We still ensure that we have a programme in places to address the needs of such students. The first term would be the same for all students as their vision of their future role may not require a route that passes through university.
All students are required to at least consider university as a destination in the first term. This is an important principle as The Sutton Trust has reported that one of the main barriers to students not progressing to higher education is a lack of knowledge and, therefore, aspiration about university as a chosen destination.
In the second term, whilst those intending on applying to university are carrying out enrichment activities, those seeking employment would carry out skills audits, complete an up to date CV and start the process of researching apprenticeships using Unifrog.
In the third term, we ask all students to complete the online UCAS application as it provides good practice for filling out a complex application form and provides security should that student change their mind in Year 13 and opt to apply for university. Rather than write a personal statement, mentors ask students to draft a letter of application for a specific job that they want to do or apprenticeship that they have seen advertised.
In Year 13, we would ensure that these students have had an interview with Careers Wales and have attended a presentation from The University of South Wales’ Network 75 team. This is a degree apprenticeship programme in which the student attends campus twice a week and spends the remaining three days working with an employer. We also email these students with any employment based opportunities that are communicated to the school.
Finally, we ensure that every student at KHS Post 16 has a destination to which they are going when they leave school.