Careers Advice at St Leonards
In today’s competitive world, pupils need as much support as possible with choosing and moving onto their future careers. At St Leonards we aim to ensure that our pupils make informed decisions about their futures based upon a realisation of their talents, skills and interests.
Almost all St Leonards leavers go on to university, some after a gap year. Recent destinations have included Oxford and Cambridge, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Kings College London, the Courtauld Institute, Dundee, Manchester, Exeter, Newcastle, Durham, University College London, Sciences Po, Munich, Maastricht, Harvard, Boston and Toronto.
The subjects our leavers are now studying include Medicine, Law, PPE, International Relations, Economics, Engineering, Geography, Biology, Graphic Design, Modern and Medieval Languages, Chemistry, Music, Art, and Computer Games Design.
Last year, 100% of those who applied to university gained a place. The Diploma allows our students to study across the globe, and last year they went on to a wider range if university destinations than ever before.
Please see the destinations of our leavers from 2010-2019 here St Leonards Leavers Destinations 2010-2019.
Looking to the future
We believe that the IB Diploma gives our leavers a crucial advantage in the higher education and workplace markets. However, we recognise that our pupils need guidance and advice when it comes to making decisions that will have important impacts on their futures.
In Pre-IB (Year 11), to help them make subject choices for the IB Diploma which they will begin the following year, pupils receive timetabled careers guidance as part of their Life Skills and Citizenship studies. In the Sixth Form (Year 12 & Year 13), pupils are encouraged to visit university open days, higher education events and careers conventions. In addition, talks by representatives from UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) and individual universities are regularly arranged for the pupils.
In November each year, we hold an International Universities Fair, with approximately 20 universities represented, in the School Hall. In June, we hold an event for UK universities, with institutions from across the country in attendance. At both of these events, there are skills workshops to help students with their personal statements, as well as advice sessions about university life and specific courses of study.
Our Head of Careers is available to meet pupils in any year group for advice at any time - by appointment - in the Careers Office. The office is open to all students and has a wealth of information on courses and careers.