iBOS provides pupils with all the support and assistance they require to ensure a successful transition to university and independent living and learning. We equip every pupil with the skills and competencies necessary in preparing them, and allowing them to flourish in, the 21st century globalised and rapidly changing world.
Our pupils benefit from a range of individualised support in their higher education applications. A team of Specialist Sixth Form tutors are on hand to assist in all aspects of the application process, from choosing a degree subject to reviewing personal statements and writing references.
Pupils in Key Stages 4 and 5 receive a presentation from various redbrick universities, detailing the variety of courses available and on the UCAS system, and are introduced to traditional and non-traditional routes to universities during university preparation days. These include presentations from universities in Europe as well as the UK.
Subject departments run regular university preparation lessons where applicants are introduced to material far beyond the A level syllabus. A comprehensive mock interview schedule gives pupils confidence and experience before being called to interview by universities. Regular meetings throughout the Sixth Form inform our pupils about the UCAS Apply and Track systems, how and when to accept offers and the UCAS Clearing process.
Careers Guidance at iBOS inspires, informs and supports students in preparing them for their future career. Recognising that we live in a rapidly changing world where young people are likely to enjoy a series of careers in their lifetime (some of which are in areas yet to be invented), we focus on empowering our pupils to take control of their career path and equip them with the necessary skills, confidence and resilience to be future leaders in the everchanging economic landscape.
Throughout the year all pupils have the opportunity to hear a variety of speakers at various careers events. Highlights in 2021 included the Raising Aspiration Day, showcasing several new and exciting areas such as pharmaceutical studies, journalism and biomedical engineering, whilst also featuring inspirational speakers including a commercial pilot, journalist, doctor, structural engineer and a lawyer.
At iBOS pupils undertake a minimum of two weeks’ work experience, one week during the summer following Year 10 and a further week during the summer of Year 12. While work experience is a necessity for some careers, such as medicine and veterinary medicine, all pupils are encouraged to take part; many will be looking for internships whilst at university and work experience is excellent preparation for this.
Pupils are encouraged to be proactive in securing their work experience placements, although iBOS is uniquely fortunate to have parents, alumnae and other contacts who can offer work experience or work shadowing opportunities.
iBOS provides a supportive environment for pupils to reach their academic potential, nurture their passions and navigate the range of opportunities available to them after they leave school. Whilst important, we want our pupils to leave iBOS with more than just a set of excellent academic qualifications. We want them to be independent, self-motivated learners, intellectually curious and informed global citizens, and confident, caring role models. In short, we want them to be Future Leaders.