Higher Education Information Evening

Parents of Year 12 students, and the students themselves, crammed into the Sixth Form Study Room on the evening of Wednesday 13 June to hear a panel of speakers discuss the careers and university decisions and choices that lie ahead.

Locally, apprenticeships have finally broken through as anticipated and we anticipate a 50/50 split in our future leavers entering apprenticeships and employment versus going to university.

Paddy Patterson, Apprenticeships Manager at the Bucks Skills Hub, spoke engagingly about the different levels of apprenticeships and the increasingly impressive roll call of companies – from small to very large – engaging with young and older people in this way, from school leavers to those exploring a career change.  The first Misbourne student to secure a Degree Apprenticeship is graduating from Year 13 this summer.  Misbourne leaver Matt Ruttley, now a Digital Marketing Manager at an events company, returned to guide the audience through his journey in an apprenticeship leaving school and how it led to his current job. Matt said, “it’s clear to me now what the purpose of all the interviews I went to was; not just for them to find out about me, but for you to figure out where you see yourself working in their company”.

Presenting the other side of the options available, Matthew Easeden from Bucks New Uni spoke about the more traditional pathway to university, the benefits of studying for a degree and the wider benefits of spending three years or more at university.  He also reminded the audience that university is free at the point of entry and the tuition fee and maintenance loan repayment system is very affordable for graduates entering the workplace.  He also highlighted increasing collaboration between forward-looking universities and apprenticeship providers, something we will see more of in the future. Former students Lauren Rhoades-Smith (English at Oxford Brookes University) and Joshua Day (Geography at Birmingham University) spoke about their different experiences in their first years, the challenges of getting to grips with university-style independent learning and their huge enjoyment and sense of achievement once they had got used to it.  Plus the usual discoveries about what happens when your mum isn’t there to do your laundry!

Finally, The Misbourne’s careers team spoke about their roles and how they can assist all the young people moving through the Sixth Form.  Mrs Hill spoke about the ongoing importance of work experience and the upcoming Year 13 Careers Day, Mrs Cook spoke about the quality control of the UCAS application process, and Mr Dwight gave the overall context of what Misbourne students are going on – with increasing diversity – to achieve.

Thank you to all parents that attended and the best of luck to all the young people in their next steps over the year ahead.

Click here to view the presentation.