Pangbourne’s careers programme equips pupils with the skills to make a successful transition from school to their next adventure. Our specialist staff are on hand to help them map out their future, whatever they choose to pursue.
We are very lucky to have such a diverse, knowledgeable community composed of staff and Old Pangbournians (OPs) who are able to help individuals find their paths and succeed. Being such a close-knit College with a broad range of connections in many career fields, a range of interesting opportunities are opened up for our pupils.
‘Beyond Pangbourne’ in Year 11
Pupils complete a personality profile to better understand themselves as individuals and act as a foundation to determine interests. These profiles are then discussed in individual interviews with a careers advisor.
‘Beyond Pangbourne’ in Sixth Form
When students leave us, they go onto a number of different destinations, ranging from university or specialist schools, to paid employment, apprenticeships or other forms of work-related learning.
Many opportunities are available to Sixth Form students to help them explore their next steps, including dedicated Careers Days, Mock Interview Days and apprenticeship events. The aim at this stage is to help students make informed decisions about their future and support the transition from education to higher education or into work.
In the Summer Term of Lower Sixth, team building, leadership and communication skills are developed through the ‘Taking Responsibility’ course. For a week, pupils participate in activities such as raft building, voluntary work in the community and UCAS workshops.
The course concludes with a ‘Mock Interview Day’ where pupils take part in four 10 minute ‘speed interviews’ with prospective employers, staff and Old Pangbournians. They are offered feedback to develop their interview techniques and CV writing.
Students also take the 'MyUniChoices' questionnaire to match their interests, qualities and abilities with courses. They receive their own personal report in a bound folder, and meet with their parents and staff to begin their higher education planning journey.
Annually Pangbourne College plays host to a range of industry professionals who help parents and pupils explore apprenticeship opportunities.
In the Lent Term, a full Careers Day takes place to give pupils the chance to network with senior business leaders in a range of industries.
Throughout the year, Sixth Formers have opportunities to attend UCAS events, university open events, and career events at other schools. Students are encouraged to visit universities, attend open days and take part in taster courses.
We encourage pupils to carry out independent research into their options, but also provide guidance from the Head of Careers, Head of PSHCE, Head of Sixth Form, Housemasters/mistresses and tutors. In the Michaelmas Term, students are then supported by their tutors in applying to up to five courses and institutions through UCAS.
Support after Results Day
The committed support of the College doesn’t end once exams are over: a team of committed Pangbourne staff led by the Head of Sixth Form remain available for consultation after students receive their results. They are able to provide advice, guidance and help students to secure places in clearing if they were not able to get onto their chosen courses.