Higher Education & Careers

“We believe one of the most important skills you can have is self reliance. The combination of guidance, support, information and encouragement for self management which underpins our work with the Sixth Form will prepare you more fully for the transition from school to the greater independence of university life or employment.”        

The pace of change in education and employment reinforces the need to equip the next generation with the right skills and personal qualities, as well as qualifications, to thrive in the world beyond school. Young people have so many opportunities but they will experience many changes in their adult lives and need to be empowered to make informed and wise decisions; Career Management skills are key to this.

In recognising these challenges, the role of the Higher Education (HE) & Careers Department at Bishop’s Stortford College is highly valued, with its three qualified members of staff beginning to prepare pupils for the future as soon as they enter the Senior School at the age of thirteen years.

Bishop's Stortford College is committed to achieving the Quality in Careers Standard, awarded by Investors in Careers.  The Quality in Careers Standard is a national quality assurance award for a school's carers, work related education and information, advice and guidance programme.  The accreditation criteria incorporates the eight Gatsby Benchmarks, and fully complies with the DfES latest statutory guidance on careers guidance.

Specialist Advice

  • Higher Education & Careers staff – who encourage pupils to discuss their ideas, action plans, or queries at any time, and as often as they need to, as well as ensuring comprehensive information about all aspects of Careers, Higher Education, taster courses and work experience opportunities is available.
  • The regular HE & Careers Bulletin provides all the latest information on events ranging from work experience opportunities, taster courses and insight days.
  • Tutors and subject teachers are closely involved in preparing pupils for academic and personal success.
  • A comprehensive resource library is available to pupils at any time during the school day.

Contact Us

Mrs Deborah Hearne
Head of Higher Education & Careers

Mrs Suzanne SanturriCareers Leader logo 2018 (003) (002) (002)
Higher Education and Careers Assistant /Work Experience Coordinator

Mrs Cassie Kennedy
Higher Education and Careers Assistant

Preparing Pupils for Choices in the Senior School

Senior school cv writing competition winners

While a significant part of the work of the department is with the Sixth Form, Careers Education and Guidance is an important part of the personal development of pupils throughout the Senior School. During Fourth Form (Year 9), Lower Fifth (Year 10) and Upper Fifth (Year 11) this is achieved through:

  • The Futurewise Scheme (careers and aptitude assessments)
  • A work experience programme (end of Upper Fifth)
  • On-line careers exploration 
  • Tutorials and the PSHE programme 
  • Work related learning - eg. Writing a CV and covering letter
  • Career assembly programme

Pupils can also meet individually with the department staff to discuss ideas and seek advice.

The College works in partnership with Morrisby Profile. We also work with many employers and organisations offering taster courses and career experience events.

Options after Sixth Form

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Advice and guidance are particularly important in the Sixth Form as students prepare to make important decisions about their future.

The Higher Education Programme

Each year, 98% of our students continue on to higher education and to help prepare for this we have a Higher Education Programme which runs throughout the Sixth Form starting in December of the Lower Sixth year.

We believe that:

  • One of the most important skills young people can have is self reliance;
  • The combination of guidance, support, information and encouragement for self management as well as Career Management, underpins our work with the Sixth Form. This prepares them more fully for the transition from school to the greater independence of University life.
  • It is important that students are aware of all options including university, apprenticeships and employment routes.

This principle is reinforced by the way in which the programme is organised:

  • Advice and guidance are provided through presentations, tutorials and specific Higher Education and UCAS events.
  • Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their research and their decisions.
  • Information and guidance supports research into degree courses, universities and entry requirements.
  • Students receive a regular bulletin alerting them to opportunities such as subject and Career Taster courses, Essay Competitions, Lectures etc.
  • Specific advice is given regarding applications for Oxbridge, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry.
  • Information and support is provided for those considering international university applications.

UCAS Applications

The College supports and advises students during each stage of the UCAS** application process, including advice and guidance on A Level results day (see opening times below).  In 2018, 81% of leavers went to their first choice university.


For those students who choose to enter employment or Further Education after A Levels we provide individual guidance which can include CV preparation and job applications.

Specialist Advice

Specialist advice is provided by:

  • Higher Education & Careers staff who encourage students to discuss their ideas, concerns, or queries at any time, and as often as they need to.
  • The Head and Deputy Head of Sixth Form, tutors and subject teachers who are closely involved in preparing students for academic and personal success.

**UCAS – The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service