Although every year is a crucial one at school, most would agree that Sixth Form is perhaps the most important and unique in terms of each pupil’s academic journey. We are proud of our ESMS Sixth Form, which provides a co-educational community where students learn to be responsible, independent and self-motivated, preparing for life and further study while contributing to life in the schools.
It is this self-motivation and effort that opens doors and creates opportunities and this year, all but two students who applied to university received offers from at least one of their preferred institutions. Applications were made to the 26 Russell Group universities, and there were five Oxbridge candidates. Some 48 students also attended the annual Oxbridge Fair earlier this year.
Our 2019 ESMS Sixth Form have seen some particularly interesting choices and achievements in their post-school destinations. The most popular courses for this year group were a mixture of Business, Economics and Accountancy, however there is a notable growing trend for all branches of Engineering and Design. The global outlook adopted at ESMS is reflected in the number of pupils each year who head off to institutions across the UK and abroad, this year including an internship at the New York Times!
Many students applied for courses which included an international dimension, whether International Relations, International Business or degrees that include a year in a foreign country. A high number of applicants for languages courses sees our students buck the trend in the UK for fewer linguists as our Sixth Form students remain bold and imaginative in their choices.
The wider range of courses applied to was vast, directly reflecting the breadth of education, diversity of interests, and aptitude of pupils at ESMS, some of which include; International Disaster Management; Film, Visual Culture and History; Marine Biology; Aerospace Engineering; Economics and Psychology; Earth and Planetary Sciences; Landscape Architecture; Social and Public Policy; Interior and Spatial Design; Forensic Anthropology and Chemical and Materials Engineering.
Those who have chosen not to attend university are involved in planned Gap Years and will be applying for a 2020 entrance. Six students are also pursuing careers outside of university, such as; training to become a pilot, two modern apprenticeships, studying for a HND in Computer Animation, a HNC in Business, and Sound Engineering.
On average, 98% of our Sixth Form students gain entry to one of their universities of choice. With competition for places greater than ever, this is testament to the hard work and commitment of our students themselves and to the teachers who support them.
We wish this year’s candidates all the best as they eagerly await exam results and embark on their next step in life, whatever that may be.