Careers & Higher Education
"St Gabriel’s has taught me that the sky is the limit and has helped me to realise my dreams."
Each students receives a bespoke experience which guides them through every step of the process of applying to university. It is a holistic approach, which covers both the student and parental aspect of the route to university, and includes a student finance talk by an industry professional and information evenings. Students are introduced to the process in the second term of Year 12 and, following this, the regular one to one sessions with their tutor are a dialogue to share ideas and learn about courses which may suit their interests and universities that will provide them with the experience they would like. In addition to this, each pupil receives individual personal statement workshops.
Students with aspirations to apply to Oxbridge receive access to a specialist provision from the Spring Term of Year 12. Heads of Department in their intended area of study provide coaching and the school employs a company to provide mock interviews, giving feedback and coaching.
MedProf meets to explore applications and entry into medical, healthcare and veterinary courses. We look at BMAT, UCAT and offer multiple mini interview practice. It is a forum for discussing medical ethics, the NHS, discoveries in pharmaceuticals and major breakthroughs in research.
MedProf provides support in personal statement writing and allows each student time to talk about their preferred career route. This year, the group includes students aiming for medicine, pharmacy and veterinary nursing.
In the last three years, we have had successful applications to read medicine at Oxford University, dentistry and veterinary nursing with scholarship.
As part of our careers guidance at St Gabriel's we offer full membership of Unifrog, a comprehensive careers and higher education guidance scheme, to support students in researching their options and making informed decisions about A levels, universities and courses, careers, gap years and enhancing employability skills.
The programme is combined with one-to-one careers guidance for girls in Years 11—13. Students are supported with information and practical tools to support their decision-making. Unifrog uniquely offers students, parents and the school the facility to work together, communicating and sharing ideas and suggestions, via the student’s personal career’s web space.
"After seeing my results, I just wanted to go and hug all my teachers and I could not stop smiling. Going to Cambridge has been my dream for years and it is such a relief to know all my hard work has paid off."