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Sherborne’s Higher Education (HE) preparation programme is designed to enable pupils to make well-informed decisions about their future studies, and ensure boys apply to courses suitably aligned to their academic strengths and career aspirations. The boys attend a series of events, workshops, assemblies, and one-to-one meetings, and are closely guided through all stages of the admissions process. All pupils receive individualised and comprehensive support whichever route they choose, including traditional university degrees, conservatoires, art foundation courses and degree apprenticeships.

Throughout the Sixth Form all pupils and parents have access to Unifrog, a web-based platform with a vast array of information covering all HE, admissions processes and careers. For UCAS applications, Unifrog has detailed sections on university subjects and courses, facilitating an in-depth yet straight forward research process for boys considering their different opportunities.

Pupils applying to HE courses are well-supported through their admissions process by their tutor, Mrs Keene, and by the wider HE team including eight teaching staff who have accrued significant experience in supporting applications. Boys are encouraged to book one-to-one meetings at any time and can freely drop-in to our dedicated HE and Careers centre.

We initiate the UCAS application process in the Lower Sixth Form to allow pupils time to conduct in-depth research on subjects and courses, and to start their preparation activities early (such as wider reading and relevant work experience) in readiness for their applications. During Michaelmas term of the Upper Sixth Form, pupils receive continuous help and support as they complete their UCAS applications, with submissions usually made well ahead of external deadlines. Guidance is always available to the boys as they reply to their university offers and into results day in August, when the team are on hand if help is needed. 


Leavers’ Destinations

90% of pupils progress on to higher education, mostly to university degree courses but also to music and art specialised institutions. In 2021, 90% of our UCAS applicants were admitted to their first choice of university, and 73% were admitted to courses at Russell Group universities.

Over the last two years some of the most popular university destinations for our pupils have been Exeter, Bristol, Durham, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Bath and Manchester. Boys have also gone on to study at the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, UCL, LSE, St Andrews, The Royal Veterinary College, The Courtauld Institute of Art and the BIMM Institute.

University Destinations

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Mrs Susannah Keene: Higher Education and Careers Co-ordinator

Susannah manages Higher Education applications, including UCAS and supports all career-related activities.