Princethorpe’s Head Of Careers Joins UCAS’ Advisory Board

Jacqui Quinney, Head of Careers at Princethorpe College has been appointed to UCAS’ Secondary Education Advisory Group (SEAG).

The Secondary Education Advisory Group (SEAG) represents the pre-higher education sector and advises UCAS on the impact of its products, systems and services. They also discuss and debate wider policy issues and their effect on students’ progression to higher education and UCAS’ role within this.

Jacqui will be one of only five representatives from independent schools, alongside colleagues from Marlborough College, Cheltenham Ladies College, Sevenoaks School and Felsted School. They will work with representatives from maintained schools and further education colleges to represent the views of the secondary sector on UCAS’ services and educational policy issues.

When inviting Jacqui to become a member of the Group, Georgina Venman, Provider Engagement Co-ordinator at UCAS commented, “We were impressed by Jacqui’s experience and Princethorpe's diversity of admissions and curriculum.”

Jacqui heads up the College’s in-house Careers Service which works closely with pupils to support and develop their careers plans. Together with Kerry Low, Careers Adviser, they meet with pupils in Year 10 and then again in Lower Sixth to provide one-to-one support and guidance. Jacqui also oversees the UCAS process and helps students choose their Universities and courses. She also advises on alternative opportunities such as apprenticeships. The Careers Team also supports pupils through Life Skills sessions using career tools such as Unifrog and Kudos and organises careers events to widen pupil understanding of the choices and opportunities available to them.

Before joining the College Jacqui spent six years at Myton School as an Assistant Head of Sixth Form and UCAS Co-ordinator.

Jacqui comments, “I am really looking forward to working with SEAG, and helping UCAS understand and appreciate independent schools’ needs and opinions. I want to make sure that our students can make the very most of the opportunities available.”

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