Lower Sixth Plan For Life After Princethorpe With Higher Education Day

On Thursday 6 July Princethorpe Lower Sixth students participated in a Higher Education Day. With visiting expert speakers, a mix of presentations and small group workshops, and dedicated time set aside to start preparing university applications, it was an opportunity for the Lower Sixth to put some serious thought into life after Princethorpe.

The day began with a briefing session where Sarah Fullwood from the Aston University Admissions Team spoke about choosing to go to university, researching courses and the best way to get started. After time out to look at the UCAS and Unifrog systems Sarah then ran a session that looked at how to go about writing a Personal Statement, with lots of top tips on what Admissions Officers are looking for.

The workshops in the afternoon included a return to school by Old Princethorpian, Hamish Ungless, who having just finished his second year at Cambridge was able to talk to students about life at an elite university and the process of applying for Oxbridge. There were also useful sessions on gap years, medicine and dentistry, apprenticeships, interview skills and even on studying abroad.

Sixth Former William Pullen said, “I found the day very useful, it helped me progress my plans, the session on apprenticeships was really interesting, it gave me insight into a good alternative to university.”

Freja Bassano and Lucy Bent commented, “We know what we want to study at university, but we found the advice on how to write Personal Statements helpful, how to structure them and what Admissions Tutors are looking for.” Freja continued, “I found the workshop on gap years interesting as that is something I am considering.” Lucy added, “I now have a clear idea of how to present myself when going into an interview.”