Enrichment and Post 18 Pathways Education
Helping students to…
Make informed choices about their futures
Discover their passions
Become well-rounded students
Encourage them to be active citizens
Develop academically and personally
We have regular guest speakers from various industries and institutions – utilising our great links with various local London universities. Our speaker programme started with a series of sample lectures from Queen Mary ranging from Biological Engineering: ‘Rebuilding Human Bone’ to ‘Neuroscience: How injured is the brain?’ to ‘How to follow your passion and work in the Arts and Creative Industries’.
Following those, we had talks delivered by Kings College London, City University, the National Institute for Health Research, and Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry – we were even lucky enough to take part in a 2 day Virtual Science Festival, hosted by Barts and Queen Mary, including both informative talks and career sessions spanning various scientific disciplines, healthcare careers and more.
We are particularly lucky to have great links with Queen Mary University.
From QMUL, we benefit from…
A bespoke weekly sample university lecture programme spanning variety of subjects
SAMDA medicine and dentistry mentors
On site tours and live sample lecture
Apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly popular option – recent alumni have achieved roles in incredibly prestigious companies in fields such as law, business, finance and real estate.
We are lucky to have a great link with Young Professionals company who support students in their process of seeking apprenticeships.
The Old Vic: Take the Lead
Two years running, we have been chosen for the ‘Take the Lead’ scheme delivered by the Old Vic Theatre, a scheme which equips students with employability skills through the use of drama activities.
Last March, they participated in the first of three interactive workshops, with a focus on ‘taking the lead’ and ‘finding your voice’, using drama to develop their confidence.
The students were incredible, bringing energy and enthusiasm – despite the workshop pushing some out of their comfort zone, every one of the participants rose to the challenge!
This year, with less restrictions in place, we are looking forward to an exciting launch event and a trip to the theatre, alongside the three workshops!
“The Take The Lead workshop was an amazing experience that really helped me gain confidence and made me think about the key skills employers look for in future employees. The workshop was very useful in demonstrating how to apply the skills to my everyday life and I will definitely be utilising it in the future” – Deborah Anjorin, Year 13
Seven Kings Sixth Form continues to develop links with various institutions, companies and organisations; we aim to continue widening the scope of opportunities we expose the students to, in order to help them make the most informed choices about their futures.
We utilise our links with institutions by regularly sharing various external opportunities with our sixth form about work experience and other industry opportunities that they can participate in to help them make informed choices about their futures.
Some highlights include
- Biomedical Sciences with Kings College London (a combination of educational content and practical work)
- Open City in collaboration with UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture and Central St Martins
- In2Science Summer School
- Young Professionals work experience conference.
- Big Voice Law Conference
- Empowered Females in STEM Programme
Our scholarship societies are optional exciting, student-led groups where students can meet like-minded people that share their interest, including Law, English, Philosophy, STEM, Medicine, Engineering, Arts and Economics
The scholarship societies have re-ignited this year with a new sense of excitement due to the fact that Year 12s and Year 13s can mix and meet each other!
Our Year 13 leaders of the brilliant Law Scholarship Society have run meets, starting with an engaging quiz about the different pathways into law, a general ‘legal’ knowledge round, and landmark cases in law, and hosting a 40 person debate about capital punishment.
Our English Scholarship Society session, led by Year 13 leaders, delivered an incredibly intellectual lecture reading Harry Potter through a revisionist lens.
Our Economics Scholarship Society launched their one with a topical debate about the fuel crisis!
The past year the Economics Scholarship Society and the STEM Scholarship Society have also produced fantastic journals:
We provide extensive UCAS and Post 18 Pathways support, using our ‘Perspectives Programme’, links with institutions, an online platform Unifrog, bespoke support sessions, and mentor support through the UCAS process.
Links with Institutions
Our link institutions support our students in their preparation for UCAS or alternative pathways. This includes:
UCAS application guidance and support in ‘choosing the right course’ from Queen Mary University
Personal statement writing support from City University
Apprenticeships and alternative pathways guidance from Young Professionals
SAMDA mentoring for medicine and dentistry
In Year 12, we have the ‘Perspectives Programme’, which supports them with their transition to sixth form and journey through to Year 13. This is a biweekly timetabled lesson that aims to:
- Develop student’s independence, confidence and ability to articulate their passion
- Explore important issues in society, such as politics and democracy
- Equip students with necessary skills, including study skills and interview skills
- Support students with their chosen Post 18 pathway, their careers aspirations and through the UCAS process
Alongside the rigorous UCAS support from our form mentors and sixth form team, we have invested in a fantastic online platform Unifrog, which supports students in exploring the various university courses, apprenticeships, and careers that are out there and they may be interested in.
The platform also helps them track their enrichment opportunities and supports them in the UCAS process including writing the personal statement.
Post 18 Pathways Day
At the end of Year 12, we host an exciting event to support students in their choices for their Post 18 Pathways
Last year, we combined the success of our online delivery with bespoke onsite sessions for Oxbridge, Medicine/Dentistry and Alternative Pathways.
Students had access to over 50 videos from our alumni and industry professionals, providing advice and sharing experiences on a variety of careers and pathways, including Law, Finance, Arts & Literature, Marketing, Civil Service, Engineering, Apprenticeships, gap years and so much more – an extensive range to inform and inspire our young people about pathways they might not have heard about before.
Our bespoke workshops included specialist support from Queen Mary’s SAMDA group to support with our aspiring medics, our specialist Oxbridge graduate teachers, as well as guest Seven Kings alumni.
Also online, we had the live webinar from Queen Mary University about choosing the right course, and the showstopper finale event, the live Q&A with an incredible panel of alumni, answering the Year 12’s questions about university life, gap years, the world of work, and more.
As you will know, places at Oxbridge are competitive. An offer from Oxbridge is the result of a long academic journey. Oxbridge tutors are looking for intelligent, broad-minded and academically talented individuals – a true scholar. They seek students who have a genuine interest in their subject and are critical thinkers, widely read, and most importantly, articulate.
To support students in their applications and the development of their scholarship and academic rigour, we have much that we have on offer at the sixth form.
We have the following:
An Oxbridge Scholarship Society – meetings with a group of like-minded students with Oxbridge aspirations to develop their scholarship, critical thinking and articulacy.
We provide bespoke Oxbridge support, including support and guidance for personal statements, mock interviews, reading lists, college applications and advice – this is provided by the Head of Year 13, who has years of supporting aspiring Oxbridge students, by subject specialists and teachers who are Oxbridge alumni, by Seven Kings alumni who attended Oxbridge, and we also benefit from support from our partner college, Wadham College, who deliver specialised sessions on the personal statement and interviews.
Enrichment – we provide numerous enrichment opportunities for students to develop their passion and scholarship. These span from student-led Scholarship Societies to university taster lectures to MOOCs. We also have access to EtonX courses which support students’ articulacy – key for Oxbridge candidates. Please look at this link to see more examples of the opportunities we offer in school and beyond.
EPQ – we offer an extra qualification, the AQA Extended Project Qualification, where the student conducts a project that is an independent, scholarly, in-depth exploration of a topic of specific interest to them – a perfect example of academic rigour and scholarship. See more information at this link.
We host an annual ‘Post 18 Pathways Day’ in the summer of Year 12, where we invite speakers from a variety of academic backgrounds and industries, providing access to the various options after sixth form; this supports students in making informed decisions about their futures. On this day, we also have a specialist Oxbridge session, which includes alumni presentations, SKSF teacher input and Q&A from esteemed alumni and industry professionals.
From our cohort of 2021, we placed three students at Oxbridge on prestigious and competitive courses:
To support students to develop themselves outside of academia and enrich their experiences, we have electives in year 12. As well as academic excellence, we are also committed to providing enrichment opportunities outside of A-Level Studies.
Our electives programme includes a timetabled lesson every week which provides an opportunity to learn new skills, be active and/or continue to develop your previous passions.Other options include:
- PE basketball
- PE football
- PE Netball / Volleyball
- Cultural Studies
As well as academic excellence, it is important that the Sixth Form experience is a fun one!
We are also committed to providing opportunities outside of A-Level Studies, such as social events and activities – these not only improve student well-being, but it also creates unity within the Sixth Form community.
These events include the following:
- Year 12 Induction – Team Building Activities
- Year 12 Bowling trip
- Fright Night Halloween Party
- Sports Day
- Common Room music, karaoke and parties
We also have whole school clubs and events to get involved in:
- Music clubs
- Sports clubs
- Arts clubs
- Cultural Dress Day
- Black History Month Poetry Slam and Round Table Discussion
- Scholarship Societies
Check out this video that captures some of the exciting events throughout the student’s time at Seven Kings Sixth Form:
We offer the Extended Project Qualification – an exciting qualification, worth an AS level, that provides a unique opportunity for students to conduct an independent, scholarly, in-depth exploration of a topic of specific interest to them; the result is a 5000 word academic essay and a presentation.
The students drive their own project, proving their scholarship and academic prowess!
Our incredible first cohort are exploring fascinating topics. Here are some of the titles:
To what extent does the golden ratio influence aesthetics?
“Un outil pour mieux véhiculer leur idéologie”: How was linguistic evolution significant during the French Revolution?
To what extent are social media networks influencing free speech in the digital world?
How does the concept of ‘Yellow Peril’ continuously influence Hollywood Film?
Exploring the Computational, Mathematical and Psychological Methods behind Big Data manipulation: How, and to what extent, did Big Data influence the 2016 US presidential election?
To what extent has development in research of monoclonal antibodies impacted modern medicine?