University and Careers Success
University and Careers Success
Michaela Community School is committed to raising the aspirations of all of our pupils. Indeed, one of our fundamental aims is to ensure that all our pupils develop as high achieving, confident, articulate young people whose education fully equips them to go on to university or the career of their choice.
Every student at Michaela Community School is encouraged to set their sights high for their futures, regardless of their background or individual circumstances. Our Careers programme supports this process through a wide range of activities including Careers education as part of the PSHE Programme, outside speakers, academic support, mentoring and visits to universities.
The programme equips pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to make the transition from school to a university, college and career of their choice. This programme begins in Year 7 and provides opportunities, careers information, advice and guidance so that all pupils are aware and supported to make the right choices as well as developing the skills necessary for a successful career.
Of course, preparation for a successful transition into further education and careers is not limited to career-focused sessions: we aim to develop the fundamental skills for a successful career (such as teamwork, communication, cooperation and problem solving) as part of our curriculum and pedagogy in all academic subjects.
University Taster Days
At Key Stage 3 all pupils are given the opportunity to visit the University of Oxford. These trips are designed to give pupils more knowledge and experience of what life is like at a higher education establishment with the hope of, one day, inspiring them to attend university.
Sixth Form students are directed to Open Events at a wide range of universities, and are encouraged through the Michaela6th Tutor Programme to take a proactive and independent approach to their university options. Students are also encouraged to apply to programmes such as UNIQ, Sutton Trust Summer Schools, Debate Chamber, UCL Target Medicine programme and others, as a way of experiencing university life before making UCAS applications.
We are pleased to offer all of our pupils the opportunity for independent careers advice and guidance. All Year 11 pupils have a one to one meeting with their Head of Year, coordinated through the Post-16 office. Parents are welcome to contact the Year 11 Heads of Year directly if they wish to chat though any careers questions. Ms Ashford and Ms Clear can be contacted through the main school email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are in the process of integrating the UNIFROG online platform into our careers and further education advice to pupils.
Work Experience and Volunteering
All pupils are directed towards opportunities for work experience, part-time work and volunteering during Key Stage 4. This includes NCS and opportunities provided through Brent Works.
In the summer between Year 12 and Year 13 it is a requirement for pupils to undertake at least one week of work experience.