Academic engagement helps students to discover their passions and builds a strong profile when applying for university and other post-18 options.
Support and information on applying for an apprenticeship.
We offer help in registering for tests and support where needed.
Students have access to this bespoke directory to explore different careers by subject, supporting their post-18 choices. This offers independent and impartial advice about a broad range of courses and careers open to them.
Guidance on producing a CV, helping students to fulfil their potential and to highlight their valuable employability skills. Students submit a draft CV to our Work Experience Co-ordinator and can arrange a one-to-one meeting to review and finalise it.
These information sessions prepare Year 13 students for financial life at university and beyond.
Future Learn courses
Future Learn offers a diverse selection of free courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world.
Gap year schemes
Support in exploring gap year options.
Consultations with form tutors
Individual meetings with the Head of Sixth Form before UCAS applications are submitted.
Information evening – students are encouraged to consider how to make the most of the opportunities available, both in and out of school, to acquire a portfolio of skills and a greater understanding of the world of work.
Support for applying to international universities
Introduction to Work Experience and Careers Assembly
Learning Lunches – employers visit to share their career experiences with students
Mock interview practice
Careers Come to St Mary's event, including:
- Interview skills workshop
- Founders4Schools talk (5 local employers)
- Gap year presentations from key providers
- Apprenticeship presentations
UCAS day – Year 12 students have an off-timetable day dedicated to supporting their university application via the UCAS system. Presentations include a representative from a university, a past student and a keynote speaker from industry.
1:1 careers interview with an independent advisor (Form the Future) – this offers independent guidance, tailored to each student. It is an opportunity to discuss ideas, identify strengths, areas for development and a pathway to success. Students devise an action plan focused on making decisions about their future.
Work experience and Insight Events – Face to face and virtual work experience and insight events with a wide range of partners. Work experience aims to connect with an area of career interest and to build an understanding of today's workplace. Girls seek work experience at a time convenient to their academic studies and placements are arranged by our Work Experience Co-ordinator.
University/Apprenticeship Application Process – All students have regular 1:1 consultations with tutors to discuss next steps and strategies to achieve them.
Bronze STEMM Award – Participants can develop their skills and knowledge, whilst exploring different careers in the STEMM sector.
Global citizenship – Students explore the world and issues of justice, change, rights and activism.
This helps students to see the bigger picture and develop knowledge of their rights and responsibilities.
Art – Visits to the Sainsbury Centre, art galleries and museum trips, and opportunities to meet artists.
Biology – Students consider gene therapy for treating recessive genetic disorders, sequencing of DNA to find defects in the genome and the work of conservationists.
Business and Economics – This A Level explores the labour market and variety in wage level across different professions.
In macroeconomics students study the impact of increasing the workforce skills, for example, through education and apprenticeships on the economy. In business, we study HR and recruitment decisions and explore different roles within organisations. Students also discuss employability skills and entrepreneurship.
Drama – All students have access to Digital Theatre Plus, which offers recorded live theatre performances as well as interviews with theatre makers who work in the industry.
French and German – Students cover the topic of volunteering in the future and consider the pros and cons of living and working abroad.
Music – We explore popular music and the music business, including careers in studio management, sound and lighting and the technical side of this industry.
Physics – CPAC covers how practical work is carried out by professional scientists with a wealth of opportunities across the curriculum to discuss.
Psychology –The psychopathology unit in this A Level is linked to careers in psychotherapy, detailing therapeutic interventions.
Students also study attachment which is relevant to those considering a career in childcare development.
We attend a Psychology conference, where students meet with academics and professional psychologists in a range of disciplines.
Spanish – This A Level encompasses aspects of Hispanic Society, including studying how technology has changed the world of work.
Textiles – Students benefit from visiting speakers, university talks and looking at different fashion and textile designers/artists.
We also offer a visit to some of the Italian fashion houses and the hospitality industry.