Our higher education & careers support
At Southbank, we provide bespoke support to our students to inform them about their higher education and career options, and help them make the right choices for their futures.
This high-quality support includes a range of workshops and events for students from Grade 6 upwards. In addition, our Higher Education and Careers team comprises of three counsellors who have expertise in university application processes from around the world, which befits our truly international school.
The counsellors offer students one-to-one support and host evening events for parents to help them plan for university and entrance procedures.
Our support programme
Students take part in a careers education week, which involves a wide range of activities, including workplace visits and a take-your-child-to-work day.
Students participate in a one-week work experience placement.
To begin the career planning process, students complete a career assessment and are offered an initial interview with a member of our Higher Education and Careers team. This helps to inform what may be the best IB Diploma subjects for each student.
Students are also encouraged to try internships and volunteering roles in fields they are interested in, and to speak to professionals who works in these areas.
At the start of term two, students have one-to-one meetings with our Higher Education and Careers team to discuss courses, colleges and universities of interest. These meetings continue throughout the second and third terms, and students are encouraged to stop by or email with any questions or concerns they may have.
Throughout the year, our school is visited by admissions officers from UK, North American and European universities. Under supervision, Grade 11 students also visit a university fair where they can meet and speak to representatives from all UK universities; and they are strongly encouraged to visit open days held by universities and colleges.
In term three, we hold an Application Day which features workshops on UCAS application, Common application processes, Writing personal statements, and Writing your college essay. During term three, we also set a day aside for Grade 11 students to visit businesses and other organisations to gain a greater understanding of careers they are interested in.
At the start of the school year, students meet with our school counsellors to review their higher education and career options, and to process their applications. Comprehensive information and support is then provided to students during their final year at Southbank.
At Southbank, it’s not just about getting high grades. But an excellent set of results is a natural by-product of our approach. Take Sahara, a recent graduate of Southbank, who with the help of our Higher Education and Careers team, is now studying at world-renowned Harvard University, USA.
Meet The Team
Higher Education & Careers Lead – Jane Arneil
“I lead a team of dedicated and highly experienced careers guidance professionals. Together we ensure that pupils can make informed decisions about subject, university and potential career choices, at key transition stages.
As an experienced university counsellor and advisor, it brings me great joy to help pupils gain places for their chosen course at universities across the UK, in Europe and North America. Each child is unique and at Southbank we pride ourselves on providing every individual pupil with the very best advice and guidance, helping them to achieve their goals and aspirations.”
Higher Education & Careers Advisor – Rosalind Stewart
“I really enjoy working with teenagers and helping them to navigate their university choices across the world. I have a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA Extension online and many years of experience working with students.
I have recently completed an MSc in Global Politics, on top of my other degrees, including an MBA and a BA in History. Learning never stops, and I continue to gather new information and experiences from students and institutions every year.”
Higher Education & Careers Advisor – Ana de Castro
“I am a registered CDI Careers leader who loves supporting young people with their university applications and decision-making process for the next steps to take post-IB Diploma by helping them through the whole process of understanding themselves and how to develop their careers toolkit.
I am a passionate lifelong learner, and I have recently completed an M.Ed. Educational Leadership. I am also a member of the IBEN community, teacher, trainer, writer and presenter with a wealth of experience working in a variety of cultures and venues around the world.”
Universities in the UK and around the world hold the International Baccalaureate in high regard because of the breadth of knowledge and skills IB students gain through their studies.
Over the years, this recognition has resulted in many Southbank students securing places at some the world’s most prestigious universities. Something you can find out more about on our university destinations page.
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