University Destinations & Careers

Our approach to UCAS and university admissions at IHS is highly personalised - advice is tailor-made to the needs of each student. Our success rate in securing first choice places for our students is enviable and we have a strong tradition of girls gaining places at Oxford and Cambridge.

The secret to our success in getting our girls on to the courses and into the universities to which they aspire is simply this: we know each girl's strengths and interests. Through regular, formal one-to-one meetings and informal conversations, we gain insight into each student's aspirations and we will often suggest alternative options based on our deep knowledge of each girl and the university admissions systems - not just here in the UK but in the US and EU too. Each student's tutor spends dedicated time with them to help them complete their UCAS form and write the best possible Personal Statement. Oxbridge candidates and applicants to Medical degrees also receive extra sessions to help prepare for the special demands of their entry routes.

In Years 10 and 11, students are invited to attend the 'Aspiration' events at Cambridge to give them a taste of what's ahead and start them on the path to success!

Careers at IHS

Our careers guidance programme is partially delivered through the PSHE programme and also throughout the mainstream curriculum in lessons. This may include individual subjects, providing opportunities to attend specific career focused conferences, inviting in outside speakers or providing specialist support and guidance for students when making GCSE and A level choices with a particular career or vocation in mind.

Ipswich High School's provision for Careers adopts a four-part approach:

1. Practical experience of work

2. Opportunities to meet and question professionals from a variety of fields

3. Psychometric and aptitude testing

4. University application and interview process assistance

All year groups begin the year by setting out a timeline of their past achievements and mapping out their journeys for the coming year.

Years 7 and 8 will explore topics such as Roles within Business, Skills in the Workplace and Women at Work.

Year 9 will concentrate on making correct option choices based on prospective career plans, and also take part in the annual 'Take Your Daughter to Work Day' in April.

Year 10 girls will all undertake a psychometric profiling assessment to explore their skills, aptitudes and personality characteristicswhich is followed by a face to face interview with a highly qualified independent careers adviser in preparation for making post-16 choices.

Year 11 girls attend our Sixth Form Open Evening and are supported by a variety of activities based around Promoting Myself, Producing my CV and University Finance. At the end of the school year, the girls participate in a two-week work experience placement that will be invaluable for their future study, working lives and chosen careers.

Year 12 girls will be introduced to the UCAS process and an extensive amount of time is channelled into exploring course and career choices for universities and apprenticeships. This is supported by a range of guest speakers such as Price Waterhouse Cooper and visits to Higher Education institutions, Careers Shows and University and Apprenticeship Information Fairs. Both Year 12 and 13 girls are supported with sessions in Study Skills, Networking and Managing Myself in the Workplace.

All Year 9 to 13 girls can utilise the weekly Careers Drop-in Sessions in the LRC, are invited to join our Careers Speaker Series which are regularly held during the school year as well as attend our own Careers Fair in the spring term; to them help build an understanding of the working world, the labour market and what it takes to get into their desired career.

Click the below image to view the University Destinations PDF or here to read our top Eleven tips for choosing a university.