UCAS Week Monday 20th June – Friday 24th June 2016.
While the rest of the school were on activity week, Year 12 knuckled down for a week of UCAS related activities to help them prepare their next steps.
The week started with a bespoke UCAS conference, which explored a range of themes including:
· why go to university
· how to choose a course,
· studying at home or away,
· how to write a personal statement,
· student finance
· independent living skills.
Sixth Form staff facilitated the workshops supported by Amelia Gabriel from Pure Potential. In the evening, parents were invited in to hear about the Park High approach to the UCAS process.
Tuesday was given over to research as we took over all the ICT rooms in the school with the objective of narrowing down course choices and location.
Wednesday was an opportunity to visit the University of Southampton and the University of Portsmouth or speak to admissions staff at the UCAS exhibition at the University of Greenwich.
Thursday was dedicated to writing a draft of a personal statement. This is an extremely difficult piece of intra-personal writing which requires much thought and reflection.
On Friday, students took part in an introduction to Y13 Monopoly Challenge. In small groups, students had to make their way around an adapted monopoly board and completed challenges along the way.
“It was an extremely busy week, but I am really proud in the way in which Year 12 processed the information and made good use of staff to engage with the UCAS process” Mr Hickman, Deputy Head of Sixth Form.
“A very positive start to the UCAS process that gave students time to really think about their choices for the future, and also gave parents some important things to think about. The feedback from both was very positive following the parents' evening. As a tutor this time was invaluable in giving students information and time to ask all the questions they had about the process and their future” Ms Hale,
“UCAS week was useful as it allowed me to ask questions to experts about applying to university as well as other options available” Louisa – Y12.
“UCAS week was a great opportunity to understand what we need to know about our next steps” Rohan – Y12.
Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL
Mr Emlyn Lumley
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