Preparing Well


We have a full programme of higher education activities throughout the VII and VIII (Year 12 and 13). The university admissions process gets underway in the January after starting the Senior School. A range of talks and events invite students to direct their thinking towards their next steps. We have a prominent Higher Education Conference in April for our VII and their parents, along with students from other schools. This features speakers from a wide range of institutions delivering talks and seminars on the university application process, subject specific information and guidance for next steps.  We also give a higher education information talk to parents in the summer term of the VII. 

In the summer term, the VII have a number of suspended timetable higher education days where they rotate around a variety of sessions, helping them to prepare for their university application, as well as encouraging alternative routes such as gap years and degree apprenticeships. Students also attend various university panels with Old Paulinas. Subject specialists are there to answer queries concerning higher education and provide guidance to both students and parents. Regular university preparation classes begin at the end of the summer of the VII and continue through the autumn of the VIII (Year 13) to ensure everyone feels as ready as possible for what lies ahead.  

Students are also encouraged to attend a wide variety of careers events to help them identify the path that inspires them. Girls are invited to professional networking events, usually at a location in central London, where they can connect with inspiring role models. Our regular ‘working lunches’ give students in the Senior School a chance to meet with professionals from a multitude of sectors to discuss their work and career paths.  These visitors, who range from barristers to authors to Google executives, offer valuable and practical advice to students as they contemplate university courses and real-world application of their studies.