Career Support is tailored and matched to individual student career ambitions.
Birkenhead Futures is an exciting new programme designed to prepare students for Higher Education and the world of work. The programme is part of our ongoing commitment to offering our Sixth Formers the very best bespoke advice and guidance . Whether students wish to opt for university, a degree apprenticeship or workplace training, the programme looks to ensure that students are equipped with the requisite skills, experiences and ambitions to succeed in life beyond Birkenhead School.
Through the programme, students participate in a range of engaging and interactive workshops and seminars. Each area of Birkenhead Futures is overseen by a specialist member of the Sixth Form team, offering students valuable opportunities to develop their wider reading and research skills, as well as providing them with interview practice and tailored preparation for the various tests required for certain courses.
The aim of Birkenhead Futures is to support every student, as they prepare to pursue their own personal goals and fulfil their ambitions.
From September 2020, an eight week timetabled Futures course is aimed specifically at developing interview, presentation, research and critical thinking skills. We also have a dedicated Futures room within the Sixth Form Centre, which provides a base for the team, a place where students can receive one to one advice, and where they are able to practise the various university aptitudes tests they may be required to take, in one of two testing booths.
By providing our students with the very best and bespoke preparation, we are ensuring that our students stand out in the highly competitive world beyond Birkenhead School
Head of Sixth Form: Louise Smeaton
Birkenhead Futures Team
Ms Smeaton is responsible for managing the Futures Programme. She has significant experience in all matters relating to University Admissions and is well-placed to answer any questions, although members of the Futures Team are the first point of contact.UCAS Co-ordinator: Mike TurnerMr Turner is responsible for overseeing the UCAS application process, guiding and supporting students to ensure they make informed choices. Although the emphasis is on applying to university, Mr Turner will also work closely with students to consider whether a university place is the most appropriate, or whether an application for a job, degree apprenticeship or other training at the age of 18 would be worth investigating.
UCAS Co-ordinator: Mike Turner
Mr Turner is responsible for overseeing the UCAS application process, guiding and supporting students to ensure they make informed choices. Although the emphasis is on applying to university, Mr Turner will also work closely with students to consider whether a university place is the most appropriate, or whether an application for a job, degree apprenticeship or other training at the age of 18 would be worth investigating
Futures Co-ordinator: Carol Keegan
As our Alumni Officer, Mrs Keegan has a vast number of links with outside agencies and employers at both local and national level, providing opportunities for our students to gain insight and experience into a range of different career paths. Ms Keegan facilitates networking and mentoring opportunities both for current and former students and is also responsible for organising our biennial industry specific Careers Conferences.
Internship and Apprenticeship Adviser: Lisa Fountain
Possessing a wealth of experience, Mrs Fountain’s role is designed to raise awareness of internships and apprenticeships and how they support effective routes into high profile national and international graduate schemes. Mrs Fountain will provide guidance and support to students considering, and subsequently applying for, internships and apprenticeships.
Futures Skills Adviser: Vikki Vicars
Drawing on a huge amount of experience in preparing students for the most competitive university courses, Mrs Vicars will offer invaluable advice in terms of interview preparation, developing critical thinking and research skills, as well as writing an effective personal statement. In addition, Mrs Vicars will be preparing students for the various aptitude tests certain courses and institutions require
Futures Skills Adviser: Kate Eassie
As an experienced Mathematician, Mrs Eassie supports those students wishing to apply for competitive courses requiring a mathematical or scientific component. In addition, Mrs Eassie will support and guide students through the international application process.Mrs Eassie is also the point of contact for international applications.
Careers Adviser: Elizabeth Reeve
Mrs Reeve will provide continuity between careers advice throughout Seniors and the University/Apprenticeship application process. She will coordinate the Year 11 UCAS Assessment Days and provide ongoing careers advice to students as they progress through the Futures Programme
In 2018 we launched our Conference Programme which brings key speakers and leading professionals within their fields, alumni and current students together to offer valuable insights and networking opportunities in a range of careers and professions.
- Healthcare Conference
- Engineering & Technology
- Media & Arts
Other examples of talks and events attended by Sixth Form students include:
- Medilink residential course held at the University of Nottingham
- Intromed, based at the Wirral hospitals, a five-day non-residential course
- Vet Medilink residential course held at the University of Nottingham
- Pathways to the Legal Profession in conjunction with the Liverpool Law Society
- Physiotherapy Awareness Days held at the Countess of Chester
- Information Days held at universities
The above list is not exhaustive and opportunities will actively be sought once the students’ aspirations are discussed and reviewed.
There are also an increasing number of Degree Apprenticeships available in the UK. These offer a vocational and practical qualification that results in students receiving a high-class degree and three years of real life, real workplace training. These are very competitive and offer a real alternative for students who are highly motivated.