King Edwards Stourbridge Personal Statement

Careers Service

The Careers team are available throughout the week, guiding you through the vital research and decision making processes that enable you to successfully move on to the next stage of your life, whether it’s a place at university or an apprenticeship.

The King Edward careers team consists of Paul Wooldridge, Careers Manager, and Louise Harper, Careers Adviser and Administrator. Both are fully qualified, impartial, Careers Advisers, and the college is an affiliated member of the Careers Development Institute (CDI).

Through one to one appointments, tutorial programmes, the latest Unifrog software, college wide events, trips, and a host of visiting speakers, KE students have access to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) that has been highlighted as an example of good practice in the OFTSED Annual Report 2015/16.

“Students at King Edward VI College in Stourbridge benefit from effective support in making their applications for higher education…. They are able to discuss with the careers team how subject pathways relate to their university entrance requirements. Students say this preparatory work is very useful in helping them make informed careers choices. Students in Years 12 and 13 benefit from a planned series of specific university-led presentations offered on a three-weekly basis covering individual university entrance requirements and the importance of well-constructed and informative personal statements. They also attend the annual ‘UCAS HE Convention’. The college’s ‘higher education parents’ forum’ and a bespoke ‘Oxbridge parents’ forum’ support parents and carers helping their son/daughter make an informed higher education choice. At the college’s ‘next step forum’, Year 13 students gain information and advice through discussion with former students who are currently attending a wide range of universities. Students say they greatly value and appreciate this extensive and wide-ranging support. As a result, they have a well-developed understanding of how to progress to their next steps in learning. Almost all students gain places at their preferred university.”

As well as the above, KE students are supported in finding work experience, having mock interviews and gaining specific guidance, if they are, for instance, considering applications to study medicine, or at either Oxford or Cambridge universities.

 

In addition to our specialist software, through individual guidance sessions and an extensive network of contacts, the college offers a range of unrivalled opportunities. We organise trips to, and have speakers from, various Russell Group universities. We host parent information evenings, an annual Careers Convention and a HE conference, as well as master class sessions from dozens of universities. The college also runs events in which former students pass on their first hand experiences to our current intake.

Our reputation and heritage means we are also able to place students requiring work experience with many of the most successful and established employers in the region including hospitals, schools, solicitors and accountants. Indeed, many of the most respected employers in the region have numerous ex-students among their senior managerial staff (see the Alumni section of the college website).

All King Edward Students have access to the college’s Careers Service and can book one to one appointments with the college’s fully qualified and impartial Careers Adviser, Paul Wooldridge.

All appointments are impartial, confidential and follow the CDI Code of Ethics

Each year the Careers Service offers a host of talks, visits and college wide events to ensure students benefit from reliable and timely careers information, advice and guidance.

Services include…

  • Talks from outside speakers discussing universities, volunteering and student finance.
  • The cross college Careers Convention where students and their parents get the chance to speak directly with a range of employers.
  • The cross college HE Conference where professors, higher education subject specialists and apprenticeship training providers from across the country speak to our students.
  • The HE Parent’s Forum where parents with little experience of higher education and the UCAS process can benefit from talks from university representatives.
  • The Next Steps Forum where ex-students return to college to talk to current students about their experiences at university and on apprenticeships
  • The Oxbridge Parents’ Forum where parents of Oxbridge applicants can gain advice from other parents, whose children have studied at Oxbridge, and representatives from Oxford University.
  • Mock university interviews for those students applying to Oxbridge, medicine and other courses that require interviews.
  • A CV and UCAS Personal Statement checking service
  • Access to careers software including Heap-online, Higher Ideas and Venture, offering students tools to help research higher education courses and opportunities overseas.

 

For more information on how the King Edward VI College Careers Service can help please contact the Careers Manager, Paul Wooldridge.

On 01384 398100 ext 266

Or email, paul.wooldridge@kedst.ac.uk

Or pop in to see him in the Careers Office opposite A1.

Careers Talks and Events 2017 - 2018

Title

Year

Date

Time

Where

Delivered by

Medicine Application Process

13

Thurs Sept 14th

12:30

Lecture Theatre

Birmingham Uni

Personal Statements

(Russel Group)

13

Fri Sept 15th

11:30

Lecture Theatre

Birmingham Uni

A2B (Access 2 Birmingham)

13

Mon Sept 18th

11:30

Lecture Theatre

Birmingham Uni

Teaching Pathways Session 1

12 (Teaching Pathways)

Wed Sept 20th

13:20

Lecture Theatre

KE Careers

Work Experience Pathways Session 1

12 (Work Experience Pathways)

Thurs Sept 21st

11:00

Lecture Theatre

KE Careers

Medicine Pathways Session 1

12 (Medicine Pathways)

Fri Sept 22nd

12:30

Lecture Theatre

KE Careers

Mock Medical Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

13 (Medicine Applicants)

Fri Oct 13th

TBC

TBC

Various KE Staff

Medicine Applications and studying

12

Tues Nov 7th

11:30

Lecture Theatre

Birmingham Uni

Teaching Pathways

Intro to Teaching

12 (Teaching Pathways)

Thurs Nov 9th

11:30

Lecture Theatre

Newman Uni

Volunteering and Gap Years

12

Thurs Jan 11th

11:30

Lecture Theatre

Frontier

Why Kings College London (KCL)

12

Wed Jan 17th

13:20

Lecture Theatre

KCL Uni

Why Liverpool?

12

Tues Jan 23rd

11:30

Lecture Theatre

Liverpool Uni

Why Newcastle?

12

Thurs Jan 25th

11:30

Lecture Theatre

Newcastle Uni

Why Worcester?

12

Tues Jan 30th

11:30

Lecture Theatre

Worcester Uni

Why Apprenticeships?

12 and 13

Thurs Feb 1st

11:30

Lecture Theatre

Halesowen College

Careers Convention

Year 12, Students and Parents

Wed Feb 7th (Evening)

19:30

Whole College

Employers and Representatives from Business and Industry

HE Research

12

Wed March 14th

13:20

Lecture Theatre

Paul Wooldridge

Progression Conference

12

Wed Mar 21st (Morning)

9:00

Whole College

HE Subject Representatives from Various Universities

HE Parents’ Forum

Year 12 Parents only

Wed Mar 21st (Evening)

19:30

Lecture Theatre

Representatives from Aberystwyth and Birmingham Universities

Apprenticeships

13

Wed May 16th

13:20

Lecture Theatre

Paul Wooldridge

Next Steps Forum

12

Mon July 2nd

11:00

Whole College

Ex-King Edward Students

Oxbridge Parents’ Forum

Year 12 Parents only

Wed July 4th (Evening)

19:30

Lecture Theatre

Oxford Representative and Parents of Oxbridge Students.

HE Parents’ Forum

REPEAT

Year 12 Parents only

Tues 10th July (Evening)

19:30

Lecture Theatre

Representatives from Aberystwyth and Birmingham Universities

 

Click below to download the Careers bulletin

Careers Bulletin Dec 2015

Sub page

King Edward VI College is a highly recognised selective state sixth form college, located in Stourbridge, England, in the West Midlands area. It is situated in the centre of Stourbridge, to the north of the town centre, on the side of the ring road (A491).In 2017, the college was listed as 'good' following an inspection by Ofsted.[1]

The college's motto is the same motto as that of the Order of the Garter. Translated from Old French it meant "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it".

History[edit]

The original school was founded on 21 May 1430 and was known as the Chantry School of Holy Trinity. The charter for the grammar school was granted on 17 June 1552 by King Edward VI. It became a selective sixth form college in September 1976 due to the introduction of comprehensive education in the Dudley borough, which Stourbridge had been incorporated into 2 years earlier and most of the rest of the borough had followed suit with a year earlier.[2]

Admissions[edit]

Pupils are generally from within the West Midlands, coming from as far afield as Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Worcester. Background education of most pupils is usually from state secondary schools, though there are many independent institutions in the area. For example, some pupils come from Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School, which does not have a sixth form whereas some come from Old Swinford Hospital. As such, some pupils attend the college between the ages of 17 and 19, instead of the usual 16 and 18.

Campus[edit]

The college buildings are all on one site, on Lower High Street in Stourbridge. The campus is bound by the Ring Road, Coventry Street, adjacent shops on Lower High Street and the street itself, and a new housing development. All lessons take place on college grounds.

In 2014, the college opened the new Frank Foley Building, situated near Duke Street, at a cost of £3.5 million. This provides a new canteen for students, dance studio, drama suite and Computer Science and graphic design facilities.

The library at King Edward's originated in 1665, but little more in known about the history until a fire in 1812. The college library today offers three floors of traditional and modern quiet space with over 100 work stations, PCs and tablets, thousands of books, magazines, newspapers, and free access to online academic journals.

A-Level & AS Subjects[edit]

AS- and A-level examinations are for pupils generally aged 16–18. Since the year 2000, A-Levels have been modular with exams taken in the first the second year of the course. The first AS year has contributed 50% of the marks to the overall A-Level grade, and the second A2 year has contributed the other 50%. Students starting their A-Level subjects in September 2016 will follow linear courses for many subjects taught, meaning that all the exams in these subjects will be taken at the end of two years. Pupils are accepted only on the condition of achieving A*-C grades on average at GCSE level.[3] Students choose 3 or 4 subjects to study in the first year, Year 12. At the end of Year 12, students who studied 3 subjects carry all of these through to the second year, Year 13, whilst most students studying 4 subjects in Year 12 drop a subject. Students following a 3 subject programme have more time for enrichment activities and time to focus on the chosen courses in depth, whilst those students studying 4 subjects have flexibility when deciding which subject to drop. These are the courses taught at Kings Edward's, as of September 2016.

Old Edwardians[edit]

See also: Category:People educated at King Edward VI College, Stourbridge

King Edward VI Grammar School for Boys, Stourbridge[edit]

  • Anthony Bate, actor
  • Squadron LeaderMike Cooper-Slipper DFC, Battle of Britain pilot and later test pilot in Canada for Orenda Engines
  • Sir Michael Davies, judge
  • Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Labour MP for Bromsgrove from 1971-4, Birmingham Stechford from 1979–83 and Birmingham Hodge Hill from 1983-2004
  • Samuel Johnson, writer
  • Prof Alan Kennedy, Professor of Psychology from 1972-2006 at the University of Dundee
  • Sir Ian Kennedy, Chairman of the Healthcare Commission from 2004-9
  • Robin Morgan, Editor of the Sunday Times Magazine from 1995 to 2009
  • Sir Harry Pitt, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading from 1964–79
  • Robert Plant CBE, 1959 - 1965, Lead singer of Led Zeppelin
  • Dr Richard Stanton-Jones, aeronautical engineer, rocket scientist, Managing Director of the British Hovercraft Corporation 1968-82.
  • Prof David Trotman, mathematician
  • Sir Maurice Wilkes, computer scientist

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *