On Friday 20th April the School hosted its main Careers & Higher Education Fair in Powell Hall.

The event was attended by 212 Year 11 and 12 pupils who spent the afternoon talking to representatives from over 20 UK, GAP year organisations, employers (such as BAE SystemsSiemens Ltd and the NHS) and experts in studying abroad (Burnett Global Education).

All Year 11 pupils attended a talk by The University of Leeds entitled “Choosing your A levels” which gave clear and practical advice on what to consider when making such an important decision. At the same time all Year 12 pupils attended a thought-provoking presentation by Northumbria University on the arguments for and against going to university. With the current financial climate, and with no immediate plans to remove tuition fees, this was a welcome and refreshing talk presented purely from a student’s perspective.

When not in the main exhibition, pupils opted into a variety of university presentations about topics such as “Interview techniques”, “Writing your personal statement”, “Studying in Scotland”, “Land-based degrees” and “Playing high performance sport at university”.  There were talks on entrepreneurship and desirable qualities from an executive search consultancy, Dixon Walter, and presentations on the range of opportunities available for projects abroad during a gap year.

Higher degree apprenticeships are becoming a serious option for our Sixth Form leavers and are now seen as a viable “third option” to university and employment. BAE Systems and Siemens Ltd delivered two excellent presentations on the career and financial benefits of taking this route.

This event complements the careers & HE psychometric profiling which all pupils undertake, and which is followed by individual careers interviews. Pupils also meet Old Sedberghians who speak about their working lives at Careers Lunches and this programme ensures that pupils are equipped to make informed decisions about their futures.

For further information about careers advice at Sedbergh School, please contact Paul Lucas, Head of Careers (

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