Y12 students took part in a UCAS and Apprenticeship Workshop with outside speakers coming in to upskill students so that they are better equipped to make the right choices on their future post-18 destinations.

The sessions included a focus on making university choices and involved exploring research options, critically evaluating student satisfaction surveys, undertaking the UCAS form and examining graduate salaries in light of the cost of obtaining a university degree.

Equally, there was an investigation into higher-level apprenticeship routes – including those offering degree-level qualifications within a work-based context – and the benefits of securing internships for future applications.

There was also guidance on writing personal statements and job applications

Carrie Cain, Assistant Headteacher, said: “We were thrilled with the high-quality sessions led by the University of Keele and the day has very much encouraged an evaluation of where students are and where they want to be. We have been keen to emphasise that it is important to aim high, but equally vital to put in the hard yards now to make the dream become a reality. It will not just happen, it will have to be earned.”