Mrs Ransom, Assistant Headteacher for Key Stage 5, has written to both Year 12 and 13 parents this week; please ensure you’ve received and read the important information shared. We’re very conscious that this is an unsettling time for all students, and as parents and carers, we share the burden of that uncertainty. Understandably, many of the questions we have been asked in recent weeks relate to Post-18 options. The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) have a parent newsletter and have been running online information events for parents and carers in recent months; details can be found at https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-university/ucas-undergraduate-advice-parents-and-guardians and via the UCAS Facebook page. UCAS also provides some information related to apprenticeship programmes and gap years. Universities are also offering support to students and parents and carers via their individual websites.
We know many students may be debating deferring entry (taking a gap year). This article was shared by Unifrog this week and may be of interest: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/may/27/students-like-the-flexibility-why-online-universities-are-here-to-stay. Unifrog have also published a Q&A with Mike Nicholson, the Director of Admissions for Bath on their blog, which answers key questions that you may be pondering from the perspective of Higher Education (HE): https://www.unifrog.org/blog/case-study-director-of-admissions-at-the-university-of-bath Mike has been involved in our Post-18 Options Evening in the past; he is a very well respected figure in HE and gives good, honest advice.
If you have any other questions related to Year 12 or Year 13, whether they be about Post-18 options or anything else, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Sixth Form Management Team via email@example.com.