We support our students in many ways and find that the more opportunities students are given the more they will achieve.
Introduction to the Sixth Form Evening
At the start of the academic year all Year 12 and their parents are invited to an introduction to the sixth form evening where information about the sixth form is distributed and opportunities for the future are discussed. We also cover ways to study and life after sixth form. This evening is highly informative and helps students understand the importance of their time at sixth form. Previous students visit and give their advice on how to cope with the demands and rigour of A-levels and how to develop study skills.
Sixth Form Progression Evening
In the Spring Term – Year 12 parents and students are invited to an evening where information on potential next steps after Sixth Form are discussed and explained. There is a dual focus on the increasingly popular apprenticeship schemes offered by firms and also the more traditional, academic route into university after A-level study. As a school we offer a balanced viewpoint and are totally focused on the student and what is best for their future career. In recent years we have had various companies detailing their apprenticeship schemes, alongside universities explaining the wide choice, rationale and finances of attending university.
World of Work Day
In the Autumn term a key focus is introducing students to employees from a wide ranging number of careers in order to give them a grounding in such various career options and also opportunities to ask questions regarding routes into such career paths. The various individuals who attended the day last year also met with students on a 1-2-1 basis for CV clinics giving their perspectives on how to improve these for the students. The day overall has developed with over 20 employers working with Year 12 last year and was a real success
Aspire Group and Applications
New for September 2017 we are to be offering an ‘Aspire’ Group for those students wishing to apply for Russell Group universities or Oxbridge/ or other aspirational courses. Including visits to RG and high ranking institutions, to advice on personal statements and super-curricular activities, there will be a real focus on increasing the level of assistance students get in order to access such universities
A feature will be a ‘Russell Group’ Support Evening in September where several of the 24 RG universities will attend CVHS and offer assistance to students from our school and across Chelmsford.
Oxbridge support – This year, our aspirational students in Year 11 and 12 students have been given the opportunity to visit Hertford College and we hope to continue our links with our associated Colleges at Oxford and Cambridge. The Oxbridge roadshow of state school students visited Chelmer Valley High School in March this year to impart their knowledge of the process and to offer advice to our students which was particularly beneficial. One of Hertford College’s staff also visited to support our current Year 13 cohort and their applications which was a tremendous help.
Careers and Guidance
In terms of general careers and guidance – we offer both visits to Apprenticeship conventions and also University conventions which give students the opportunity to find out about various careers options and opportunities. To accompany this in school, we run sessions to support applications for apprenticeships in Year 13 and also in regards preparation for completion of the UCAS process. This is involves selecting courses, completing Student Finance and preparing the Personal statement.