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 go on to study include Medicine, Law, PPE, International Relations, Economics, Engineering, Geography, Biology, Graphic Design, Modern and Medieval Languages, Chemistry, Music, Art, and Computer Games Design.
Please see the destinations of our recent leavers here: St Leonards Leavers Destinations 2010-2019.
Looking to the future
We believe that both the IB Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme give 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 Year 11 and Pre-IB, to help them make subject choices for the IB Diploma or Career-related Programme 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 pupils and has a wealth of information on courses and careers.