At Michaela Sixth Form, our students aim for the top A Level results. We also believe that education involves not only academic prowess, but also experience of the working world and the development of personal skills. Whether students dream of an academic career at an elite University, or working with the world’s most successful organisations, our enrichment programme gives students the opportunity to expand their horizons even further.
Planning for university
We run Oxbridge preparation sessions for our students who plan to apply to Oxford and Cambridge University. These involve weekly interview and tutorial-style sessions where students are given unfamiliar tasks and challenged in their areas of study. These sessions push students and allow them the chance to become deep thinkers, as well as allowing them to practise the skills that are essential for success at interview and at university.
Preparing for work
As well as academic study, Michaela helps students to organise internships at various companies and organisations in a field that interests them for the summer between Year 12 and Year 13. These placements, whether in law, science or any other sector, give our students a taste of the world of work, allowing them to make informed decisions about their career plans as they move through and beyond sixth form study. Students are also encouraged to attend various speaker events during the school term to hear from industry professionals and learn more about the careers that might interest them in the future.
Our enrichment programme gives students another avenue through which they can excel, helping them to see all of the options ahead of them and to decide which will be the best possible direction for their interests and talents. Our students go on to be influential members of industry, carving the way for the future.
In our drive to ensure that our students receive the best possible education, one which provides wide-ranging personal development, we host regular speaker sessions for our sixth form students. These sessions are designed to inspire our students to explore a wide range of career options and further education paths. We are delighted that so many high-profile, interesting and well-qualified people are eager to speak at these events.
Speakers at Michaela have included CEOs, business founders, Oxford and Cambridge university professors, MPs, doctors, barristers, bankers, TV producers, entrepreneurs, journalists, authors and more, and every year, we create a varied programme of events that is sure to offer something for every student.
These events are open to all Michaela Sixth Form students and take place in the Sixth Form Common Room. They are optional, but it is expected that students will attend at least one or two talks every half term in areas of interest or disciplines that are relevant to their course of study. These talks are highly engaging, allowing pupils to see their subjects and different professions from a different perspective.
They can also contribute to the wealth of knowledge students will want to take to their university entrance interviews. It is an opportunity to build a relationship with speakers for the future, who might then be able to help with the university application process or in seeking work experience.
Talks take place regularly after school, from 3pm to around 4pm. The list of speakers is regularly updated, and a sample can be viewed here.Links to PDF document download.