The number of students gaining a University place at University increased by 15% on last year – 75% of the year 13 cohort gained a University place. After evaluating last year’s statistics 6th Form staff actively engaged with Universities outside of the area to encourage students to look further afield for degree choices; as a result, although local Universities again proved most popular, 5 students accepted places outside of the area compared to 3 and 1 in the previous two years. We had a 75% increase in the number of students gaining a place at a Russell Group University, all of these attending University of Birmingham. A number of these applicants gained a place through the A2B scheme which staff supported students with, a contextualised entry programme designed to target pupil premium students and those from hard to reach areas.
As in the previous two years, course choice was varied with students gaining places on competitive courses such as Nursing, Social Work and Primary Education and for the first time one student moved on to a degree in Radiotherapy. Physics, Civil Engineering and Food and Nutrition Science were degrees secured for the first time for our students.
A pleasing proportion of students who have not gone to University have either gained full time employment or secured an apprenticeship – Business Administration being the favoured sector over childcare, which has previously been the most common apprenticeship pathway for students. Some students who have secured full time employment, was a result of the work placement they attended as part of her Level 3 Childcare course and Level 3 Health and Social Care course.