In providing a great academic, all-round education, Surbiton High School is especially mindful of empowering students to make informed choices throughout their education with us and in their lives after they leave us.
It is something we think we do particularly well but do not take our word for it: in 2018 our Careers Department was one of only three schools nationwide out of over two hundred entrants to receive an Independent Schools of the Year Highly Commended Award.
This success is a product of a well-resourced career and higher education service staffed by a Director of Careers and Head of Oxbridge, an Assistant Director of Careers leading on work experience and a Careers Officer. We consider this service to be sector leading and unique to the School.
Our engaging programme starts in Year 7 and builds year on year to help students make informed decisions during their school careers, such as their GCSE and A-level choices, with a particular expertise in helping students assess their interest and potential in a future subject choice. This expertise contributes to the value added the School is recognised for.
Students also understand the link between their option choices and decisions after School as well as reflect on what future university and careers suit them as an individual – their strengths, values and interests. We then seek to support students to develop the skills necessary to achieve their goals, such as application writing (UCAS and work), interview and admission test skills.
Our Careers Department’s expertise and guidance, particularly its unique use of Morrisby psychometric information in the A-level options process and its nuanced knowledge of university entry requirements, contributes significantly to our outstanding university destinations and other outcomes, which include:
- Nearly 90% of our girls entering Russell Group and Top 10 Universities
- Oxbridge – a total of 39 Year 13 students received Oxbridge offers between 2017- and 2021 (an average of 8 students per year, or over 7% of the year group)
- 100% of Medical, Veterinary and Dental School applicants receiving at least one offer in recent years
- Highest valued added at A-level of any school in the region
You can read more about the Careers and Higher Education Programme in Sixth Form at Beyond Surbiton High School.