‘…the range of community and charity activities...'
‘…the range of community and charity activities that my son is involved with is amazing.’
‘We love everything about Ibstock...'
‘We love everything about Ibstock and our son is incredibly happy there.’
'...my daughter is happy and flourishing...'
‘Very happy indeed with the school as a parent. Most importantly, my daughter is happy and flourishing. Thank you.’
'...I don’t think there could be a better school for me.’
‘It’s given me so many opportunities... I don’t think there could be a better school for me.’
‘Right from the beginning I was made to feel at home.’
‘Right from the beginning I was made to feel at home.’
‘Ibstock...helped me to explore my interests and talents.’
‘Ibstock helped me achieve the grades I needed…but more importantly it helped me to explore my interests and talents.’
Careers & Higher Education
Careers and Higher Education Support
Making decisions about the future can be daunting. At Ibstock all of our pupils benefit from an extensive Careers and Higher Education programme.
We also ensure that they are provided with Careers Guidance right from the start of their Senior School journey so that as they are presented with options further up the school, they can make informed decisions.
Higher Education Support
All of our pupils are actively encouraged to enrich their Higher Education application through their participation in essay competitions and taster courses while, of course, we maintain strong links with our past pupils who can offer their successors up-to-date knowledge of life across the UK’s many campuses.
With over 65% of pupils typically attaining offers from Russell Group institutions, we have an extensive pool of experience on which to draw, and popular Ibstock Leavers’ destinations include the likes of Oxford and Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Exeter, Imperial College London, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, LSE, Queen Mary, London, Nottingham, Sussex, UCL and Warwick.
Early Application Support Team
Our Early Applications Support Team is led by our Deputy Head of Sixth Form (Academic) and brings together expert teachers in their chosen field, many of which have firsthand experience working in a Higher Education environment.
EAST supports pupils looking to apply to Oxford, Cambridge or other UK courses which require an earlier application submission such as Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry. The EAST Programme officially starts in Senior 11 with pupils attending lectures and sessions which offer a taste of what makes a competitive application.
In the Lower Sixth, pupils in EAST meet on a weekly basis and work on the mechanics of their application as well as looking at skills required as part of the assessment process for these courses or institutions. Pupils in EAST who also require specialist assistance in preparing their application, are allocated a ‘subject mentor’ who helps review their wider reading and preparation for any entrance tests required.
This support continues into the Upper Sixth with extra input from ‘subject mentors’ on preparation for interviews and entrance tests. As part of EAST pupils also take part in a series of mock interviews conducted by subject specialists from outside the School community.
International University Admissions
We have a designated member of staff on the Sixth Form Tutor Team who is responsible for admissions to institutions of higher education outside of the United Kingdom. We have seen an increase in interest from our pupils in applying to such institutions, particularly in Europe and the United States of America.
We host an annual International Universities Fair which pupils from Senior 7 are welcome to attend to ask any questions and to find out about the opportunities to study abroad. We also offer support to our families through meetings and presentations so that they are aware of the possibilities of international study and how to support their children with an application.
Sixth Form builds on the considerable Careers support pupils receive throughout Senior School.
A combination of tutorial time, one-to-one meetings, work experience, events and visiting speakers, help pupils to explore a range of career paths and build knowledge and experience to inform their next steps post School or University.
Annual Careers Fair
Our Annual Careers Fair takes place every Spring Term and affords pupils in Senior 10 to Lower Sixth the opportunity to hear from over 20 professionals from a wide range of fields about their careers to date. Each pupil picks three sessions to attend, based on their interests and ambitions.Over
Sixth Form Speaker Programme
Overview of Careers and Higher Education events throughout the year:
Higher Education Evening – Alumni return to Ibstock to share invaluable experiences and provide valuable advice on University life and Careers
Make Me a Medic Day – A unique insight into the broad and varied career paths in medicine with a fantastic range of speakers and sessions including mock-interviews and ethics debates.
Careers Lecture – Alternative Pathways, Work Experience Opportunities and Career Pathway Advice
Sustainability Week – Careers in Sustainability Lecture over two evenings
National Careers Week – Links to the Virtual Careers Fair promoted.
UCAS and Employment Conference
Ibstock Alumni Visit – Talks, Q&As and small seminar groups with recent Ibstock Alumni
Sixth Form Speaker Programme – Range of Careers represented.