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Date Posted... Jun 28th 2019

Lower Sixth Post 18 Options Days

Truro School Sixth Form held its programme of Post 18 Options Days this week, where they welcomed a range of specialist speakers to provide tailored support and advice to help students prepare for life after A Levels.

From picking the right career to improving employability and leadership skills, the sessions ran over two days and drew on expertise from the School’s extensive former pupil network and the wider community, allowing students to meet professionals across a wide range of sectors and benefit from their first-hand insights.

The Sixth Form, which currently ranks number 1 for A Level results amongst co-ed providers in Cornwall, invited students to attend a variety of workshops aimed at providing support and advice.

Ross Williamson, Head of Sixth Form at Truro School opened the proceedings with a talk about University entry requirements and ‘Life after A-Levels’.

Laura Drinkwater from Exeter University provided the most up to date picture of the Higher Education landscape and discussed the different options available to students.

Iwan Hopkins from Cardiff University examined the financial options available to students and provided tips on budgeting finances and Falmouth University discussed the huge number of Creative Pathways available at Falmouth University. Adrian Richfield from ASK apprenticeships ran a session focused on apprenticeship schemes.

Entrepreneur Warwick Royden enlightened students about the realities of running their own business and offered some excellent practical advice to the students, discussing the power of determination, networking, resilience and measured risk-taking.

John Williams delivered an interesting session on STEM careers and former pupil Ollie Lobb presented a well-received session on ‘Living and Studying in London’ designed to help Cornish students prepare for the realities of living in the capital.

Unlocking Potential explained how they help graduates find jobs in the South West and provided useful advice about becoming more employable.

Mrs Nancy Kenward, a former Recruitment Consultant and now Head of Careers at Truro School, ran a fantastic session on the importance of networking for young people and gave some excellent advice on how to take the plunge and approach businesses for advice and work experience. She commented:

“The Post 18 Option Days have been hugely successful and influential in helping our students to make the right choices for them. We would like to thank everyone who has come to deliver a talk or workshop and helped our students to understand the multitude of options available to them after A Levels. Our students are in a prime position to take control of their own careers and futures, and whether they chose a traditional university route or an alternative career path, we are here to support them in that journey.”

Mr Ross Williamson, Head of Sixth Form at Truro School, said:

“Truro School Sixth Form is about so much more than A Level results. It is about giving our students the skills and opportunities to make informed decisions about their lives so they can leave us as happy, confident young adults, who are well-equipped to enter the competitive graduate employment market. This week has certainly fed the minds of our students as they look on towards life after A Levels.”