Making the right decisions about university choices and preparation for future careers are undoubtedly some of the most important decisions that boys will be faced with during their time at the RGS.
The School’s approach is based upon ensuring that both students and parents have access to key information and then, critically, are provided with individually tailored advice.
The design of the curriculum ensures that critical decisions are not made until boys make their AS choices. Plans are discussed individually with each student so that they are aware of the potential implications of choices made in terms of university and career aspirations. This same rationale underpins the guidance on university applications. The School is very proud of its record in securing places at leading universities: over the last six years, on average, 25% of boys have gained a place at Oxford or Cambridge and over 80% have studied at one of just 13 universities, all of which are part of the elite Russell Group. In recent years, 95% of the boys have annually gone on to attend Russell Group Universities. Each key decision is informed through detailed support and guidance from the Director of Higher Education who has been in post for ten years.
Boys have plenty of opportunities to investigate and explore potential career paths. All Fifth Form students undertake a period of Work Experience following the completion of their GCSE examinations. The annual Careers Convention, at which over 70 professions and companies are represented, and the programme of career-specific seminars which run throughout the year provide further opportunities to research specific career paths. The fortnightly Careers and Higher Education Bulletin ensures that boys and parents are kept fully informed of all school events, advice on university applications and the opportunities available beyond school to develop their own particular interests. In addition, the Director of Higher Education is always available for one-to-one consultations with both boys and parents.