At the heart of everything we offer in the Sixth Form at King’s is a recognition that school and exams are not the end for pupils, it is the beginning.
The beginning of a life where the start you make is so crucial in determining what happens in the rest of it. From early in the Lower Sixth, pupils start their discussions of ‘what next?’ in their lives. Making decisions about life after King’s can seem both exciting and daunting. The Head of Sixth Form and tutors at King’s will help guide pupils through the entire process so that the transition is as smooth as possible.
Whether pupils are heading for university or straight into a career or apprenticeship, there is an active programme and support to help them find their way ahead, including our well-regarded Careers and Higher Education forum, full of professionals from the workplace sharing their experiences and wisdom. Pupils build on this guidance with CV and application letter training, as well as a mock interview scheme with experienced professionals during their Upper Sixth Year.
For those applying to university in the UK or overseas, pupils will receive detailed assistance with the application processes, with writing statements and deciding destinations. For those aiming for the most selective courses, such as Oxford, Cambridge and Medicine, we offer specialist and successful programmes to ensure that applicants are thoroughly prepared. We are proud of our ongoing university successes, both with highly-ranked UK universities, and in gaining places at universities in the USA, Australia, Spain, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and more, with many pupils being awarded scholarships.
Pupils are given exposure to a wide range of universities and career opportunities whilst in the Sixth Form at King’s. Upwards of 50 UK and overseas universities visit King’s over the course of each academic year, offering guidance and inspiration to King’s pupils. In addition, apprenticeship advisers and providers visit to help direct pupils considering such options. The Head of Sixth Form regularly takes pupils to university conferences, career specific events, global university forums and more.
The opportunities to explore the potential future options are numerous, with a clear aim of finding the best fit for the individual, and no expectation that all should follow a similar path. Sixth Form pupils, and parents, meet regularly with the Head of Sixth Form for one-to-one discussions on their future direction.
It may be that a gap year is the route that a pupil wishes to take. At King’s Bruton we are proud of our links with the Shining Faces Orphanage in Southern India, which could be just one way in which pupils to serve others in a year abroad, taking the school’s Christian ethos well beyond the Bruton valley!
Once a pupil draws near to ending their time at King’s their connection with the school is not ended. Instead, King’s is proud that it maintains strong and healthy relationships with Old Brutonians alongside supporting pupils with the transition of leaving school and moving onto higher education, gap years, work or further training.
On leaving the school, most pupils continue into higher education, with applications covering a wide range of courses and universities, including many that are highly competitive.
ISI Report, 2012