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Get Ahead: A Masterclass on Applying to University


2nd November 2022, 10:30 - 14:30


This one-day event at St Mary's will include interactive workshops on student life, student services, personal statement writing, student finance applications, budgeting and factors to consider when choosing a university. 

The aim of the event is to ensure learners are prepared: whether they are beginning their university research or starting their application, this event is suitable for learners in their first or second year of sixth form or college. See below for a full timetable and break down of each session.

Students can register now! If you wish to bring a large group, please do contact me directly at


Discover new case studies to inspire! Nargiza and Matt show us how maths can help make more comfortable shoes, and how engineering and creativity can lead to something magical.

Meet Nargiza - Nargiza is a researcher working in medical imaging. She uses maths and computing skills to help doctors look after our health and wellbeing! 

Meet Matt - Matt is a systems engineer who works on submarines, but in his spare time he also works with his friends to create The3Engineers storybooks.

Discover more careers inspiration on Neon.

PwC Flying Start degree programmes offer you the chance to go to university and start your career at the same time. You can join us in Accounting, Business Management or Technology, where you can earn a salary and fast-track your career while studying for your chosen subject.
Studying at university you’ll get to experience the full-time student lifestyle but with integrated paid placements at PwC, meaning you’ll have some money to enjoy it too. You’ll gain a degree, and hopefully impress us enough to secure a graduate job with us after you graduate.

To find out more please visit the website, or you can apply here.


The next What University? & What Career? Live event will be taking place on 11 & 12 November 2022 at Olympia London. It’s an ideal opportunity for students aged 15 – 19 to learn more about their options when they leave school or college. 


The live event will take place: 

Friday 11 November | 9:30am – 3:00pm

Saturday 12 November | 10:00am – 4:00pm 


We’re keen to ensure that all students have access to information and advice about their school leaver choices. Attendees will have the opportunity to chat to leading universities and employers to find out more about their options including EY, University of Bath, Coca Cola, University of Southampton, NHS, Loughborough University, TK Maxx, University of Law, Aon and many more. 


Attendees will also be able to: 

  • Engage in a packed programme of free presentations from various universities and career sectors 
  • Receive one-to-one advice in the Careers Advice lounge 
  • Take part in interactive skills workshops 
  • Plus, much more!  


To secure your preferred timeslot, please book your visit as soon as possible by filling out the attached form and emailing it to or registering for free tickets online at:




For students aged 14-18 CareerDays have several online career days you can take part in, designed to help you choose a future career & to give you some work experience to use in your applications.

Every student obtains a personalised certificate they can use in their applications and interviews to university. 

The courses are designed for your students aged 14-18 and all take place online together with students from all over the world.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Dentistry Career Day- Saturday October 1st 2022
  • Medicine Career Day- Saturday October 8th 2022
  • Midwifery Career Day-  Saturday October 15th 2022

Students just need to visit to enrol on any course.

Year 8 sons to work day

On Tuesday 21st June 2022 year 8 had the opportunity to take part in Take your Sons to work day. A chance to experience the world of work and shadow a family member in the role they do. 35 students were in school on that day and participated in a careers booklet of activities, a sports session and a live volcano experience courtesy of Mr Stansbridge which saw the students making important decisions on saving the town from epic disaster.

122 students were out on placements which included-

grand estates
credit Suisse
prestige food and wine delivery
DMS Engineering maintenance ltd
argents.hays specialist
infopro digital
the white house nursing home
figment productions
accent catering services ltd
life partnership
adept field solutions ltd
r dryden electrics
vyton ltd
thomas more catholic school
martin and wheatley
accountancy and taxation services
river and mercantile asset management
royal star and garter
protec fired detection plc
dyptique p-aris
springfield university hospital

2023 dates- Tuesday 20th June- more information to follow.

Year 12 careers cafes

On Monday 4th July 2022 John Harris (Deputy Head of Science, Engineering and Technology at Kingston College who leads L4 and L5 courses in engineering and Schools Partnership Co-Ordinator Richard Fisher from Kingston College and Gareth Burden from National grid came to do our first careers café.

The premise being a relaxed opportunity to hear about sectors of industry and for students to be able to ask questions.

Those that attended found it interesting, but I think the turnout didn’t make for a great start.  Rolling these out next academic years they will be open to years 11,12 and 13 and run once a term.

On Thursday 7th July we had David Anstee (Family Law Solicitor at KWW Solicitors)
Susie Burley (Future Family Law Barrister) come to talk to students about legal careers and Vera Bermingham, speak about admissions hints and tips and what applicants should think about.
Feedback was positive from both and would love to run these sessions again for a wider audience. 

Student feedback included:

  • More research into my career
  • Look into volunteering and research projects more in preparation for my UCAS application.

What areas of industry would you like to have a cafe session on?

  • Maths and Computer Science
  • Apprenticeship
  • Biology/science

Dates for 2022/23 to be confirmed soon- programme for the year will appear here. 

NCS Summer Adventures

See Mrs Stansbridge for more information.

National University Week

Skills London 2022

2022 Step In, Step Up - An Insight Into Technology