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Careers and Higher Education conference (Hammersmith Academy)

Annual careers and higher education conference.

Aims

To provide an opportunity for existing St Paul's Girls' School pupils in the Lower Sixth /AS year and their parents as well as neighbouring schools to gather information regarding Higher Education and the process of applying to top universities in the UK and in the US (if relevant). University admissions staff from a range of institutions are invited to lead seminars on university admission in general and in some specific popular subject areas. There are also sessions on writing a personal statement which forms part of a university application. US admissions are discussed with our US school counsellor and out US graduate interns and a panel of university students from institutions such as; Harvard, Yale, Princeton and U Penn lead a Q and A session.

Resources

The event takes place at the school.

Approximately 160 students are involved, 110 from SPGS and approximately 50 from neighbouring schools. Heads of Department and senior tutors as well as our senior management team are in attendance. 5/6 neighbouring schools send a cohort of 10 – 15 students and may also send an accompanying member of staff. It is a morning conference 9.00 – 12.30 Schools participating are a mixture of Independent and State, the latter with attendance from Lady Margaret's and Hammersmith Academy.

Impact

The event forms part of a comprehensive Higher Education programme for girls at St Paul’s, supporting them through the process of applying to university. Feedback from participating schools and our parents has been very positive and relationships between the schools has resulted in further discussions amongst those responsible for the HE programme at the various institutions and has led to some arrangements being made for exchanging mock interview candidates as well as sharing of best practice.

Pupil Involvement

Senior school / sixth form pupils aged 16-18.

Frequency

Ongoing - annual event.

Universities which will be represented this year include: Edinburgh, Bristol, Leeds, Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Imperial, KCL, Warwick and York. Subject specific sessions include: art, English, history, medicine, sciences, social sciences and modern languages.