The Enrichment Branch

University Guidance & Careers

Throughout the Sixth Form, a structured programme of presentations, visiting speakers, workshops and individual advisory sessions ensure that every student has access to the support and guidance they need. Students will receive help and guidance in the following areas:

– UCAS Applications
– Personal Statement writing
– Which University? Which course?
– Interview practice

Students will also visit universities and career and university fairs where they will have the opportunity to speak to representatives from Higher Education and discuss their particular concerns.

Every two years, The Laurels holds a Careers Fair making the most of parents and friends of The Laurels who come to talk to the students about their own career journeys. These have included:

– Engineering
– Law
– Teaching
– Medicine
– Finance Services
– Journalism

Work Experience
Relevant work experience is arranged for all Lower VI pupils in the first week of July. Pupils will be encouraged to be proactive in providing their own placements although we work to ensure that all students are placed.

Personal Fitness
The Sixth Form PE programme at The Laurels builds upon the pathway established in KS4, which educates the pupils in a sport for life. In VI Form, the aim is to help students stay healthy by taking control of their fitness. We will work towards developing personal training programmes for each girl and help them to follow it using the equipment in local sports facilities. We will be reviewing the programme every half term and help each girl to stay focused in their training, which will improve their fitness as well as their overall health. This in turn will improve their focus and drive for their academic studies.

We will also be continuing our encouragement of the girls to take part in competitive sport, so we will be organising fixtures in sports of interest to the girls.
See  Clubs & Activities 

Entrepreneurship (Lower VI)
Sixth Formers are given the opportunity to take part in coming up with a business idea or fund-raising concept and putting it into practice. A Level Business Studies students take the lead and are mentored by their teacher. This year, they are organising a fund-raising event which will include flamenco artists and musicians.

Digital Literacy (Lower VI)

The Exchange Trip to Washington and New York, USA.
Sixth Formers have the opportunity of taking part in a two week exchange programme with our sister school Oakcrest on the outskirts of Washington DC. Pupils stay in host families and attend 4/5 days of school, experiencing the US Education system, attending classes with their peers. They also take part in a wide cultural programme including 3 days in New York and 4 days in Washington. Cultural visits include:

New York
– Empire State Building
– Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
– Tenement Museum
– 9/11 Museum

Washington
– Tour of the Capital Building and Pentagon
– Arlington Cemetery
– The Air and Space Museum
– The Smithsonian National Zoo

The Inspirational Women Speakers
Our desire for our Laurels Sixth Formers is that they have as many opportunities as possible to meet and listen to women who can inspire and raise their aspirations to greatness – to be better people, to learn courage and fortitude, to strive and work hard, to reflect on what is truly important in life.

See Speakers & Seminars