At Teesside High School Sixth Form, we have a wide variety of co-curricular activities and expertise to help students prepare for the transition from Sixth Form to university and beyond. We were delighted to receive the Barclays LifeSkills award in recognition of our focus on students’ transferable skills.

We aim to foster not only academic success, but independence of thought and spirit. We realise how important it is to be workplace-ready. As students increase contact with the world outside school, choices about their future become better informed.

We actively encourage students to undertake work experience. The school’s many networks and contacts makes for an excellent work experience database and students are supported in finding appropriate placements. We have an established link with James Cook University Hospital and students aspiring to medicine take full advantage of this when arranging to shadow consultants.

Visits to universities and conferences are regular and commonplace. Additionally, there are many ‘taster courses’ during the school holidays where students can spend a few days at a university learning more about studying a non-school subject, such as Veterinary Science, Medicine or Law. In Year 13, we offer a professional Interview Training Programme, and our longstanding links with academics in appropriate disciplines are a great asset to our students’ preparation. Visiting speakers from universities such as Oxford and Durham lead our personal statement workshops and our unique digital system monitors students’ progress through all of the intricacies of the application process, enabling parents to share an overview of what will be a major investment both emotionally and financially.

Contemplating your next step following Sixth Form study can be difficult and our staff are very much present at every step of your personal journey. Many of our students go to university, and students are given individual guidance when making choices about university courses and a great deal of one-to-one support when filling in their UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) forms and writing all-important personal statements. We also support students in sourcing Degree Level Apprenticeship opportunities.

“In the Sixth Form in particular, emphasis is placed on developing critical thinking and independent research skills.”

Independent Schools Inspectorate

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