Career and University Support
During the course of your school career you should be generally moving towards a useful and well-chosen role in life, and Woodbridge is there to guide you towards forging a path that feels exactly right for you and makes the most of your skills and ability. You may have a very clear idea of what you want to study because you have a definite career plan that necessitates certain subjects, such as chemistry for medicine. On the other hand you may have no idea.
Whichever situation you are in, we will help you. It is a well-worn adage that if you find the right career, and you will find yourself never having to work a day in your life.
Director of Sixth Form and Careers: Isobel Tyndale-Brown
Students should be continually considering, researching and planning for their future goals. The School has a well equipped Careers Department. There is a dedicated Careers and University room in the Sixth Form Centre, open from drop-in questions and with a variety of current literature, as well as access to a dedicated, up-to-date website with a plethora of information from taster days to apprenticeships, from CV-writing to GAP year placements.
Sixth Formers also have dedicated days during which they can learn more about the UCAS process, different careers, interview techniques and CV-writing. A unique initiative that is offered at Woodbridge is the Careers Lunch-a chance for many students to meet and network with professionals in their fields of interest. An annual Careers Fair provides many opportunities for students to meet with different universities and professionals from a variety of diverse career fields, as well as learn about apprenticeship schemes and both school leaver and graduate programmes.
In addition, Woodbridge School has a network of over 4,000 Old Woodbridgians (former pupils), many of whom are happy to help current students with work experience or advice.
Head of Higher Education: Justin Bareham
Any reasonable school can support its students through the process of applying to university, and no school can resist basking in reflective glory when one of its stellar students secures one of the most competitive opportunities. But that isn’t where the most important work is done.
Now that the supply and demand of university places is in potential undergraduates’ favour, it is even more necessary to focus on the research and reflection dimensions of higher education application. We aim to do this in close partnership with parents, with the School’s expertise complemented by the Tutor’s and the parents’ knowledge of the individual.
One of the most rewarding features of supporting aspirations in higher education is seeing remarkable personal development, sometimes from those who back in younger years seemed more unlikely scholars. Hearing of a pupil who has achieved first class honours despite believing “I never imagined I could go to university, let alone succeed”, or meeting up with a young student transformed by new opportunities which the School has equipped her to fully exploit, are the very best bits of the job.
At Woodbridge we make every effort to continue supporting our pupils as they move on from Year 13. Moving from personalised care to almost complete autonomy at university is an unfortunate feature of the British university system, and by continuing to offer advice we aim to maintain the working relationships nurtured at school. We are often asked to write references for pupils into their mid-twenties, because aside from their parents, we are still the people that know them best.
Adults have learned that life doesn’t proceed in a straightforward way for ever; it is very stressful for young adults when what seemed like firm plans suddenly have to be changed, and that is when the quality of our guidance is really tested. We very much aim to help with creating opportunities, and so maintain the confident engagement in life and learning which is generated at school.