Mount Kelly Career Strategy
CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) at Mount Kelly is a progressive journey. The programme is planned so that pupils receive the relevant careers information and education that is suitable to their age. The progression throughout the years encourages pupils to be proactive about their future and actively seek careers advice and guidance. The Guidance Department is dedicated to tailoring the provision to meet pupils' needs in order to help them on their future path. The programme allows for impartial advice and guidance, making pupils the centre focus and is designed to help pupils plan and take control of their future.
- To source and provide up-to-date information about occupations, fields of work, undergraduate courses and apprenticeship opportunities
- To help pupils understand and develop the necessary skills to equip them for whatever career path they choose.
- To provide opportunities for pupils to understand their competencies, aspirations and options through a variety of means, including personal discussion with the Guidance team.
In addition to providing expert advice on all career options, the Guidance team assists with work experience placements and oversees the links between the school and local businesses. Careers fairs are arranged or attended, and there are opportunities for pupils to meet representatives from the professions or industry attending occasional informal events at school.
Guidance by Year Group
Year 9 and 10
Pupils will receive Career education through career lessons delivered as part of the tutorial system. Lessons will focus on identifying strengths and weaknesses and skills. Pupils in Year 9 will concentrate on choosing GCSE subjects that will help them progress in the future.
Pupils in Year 11 will complete the online Preview questionnaire delivered by COA. During PSHE lessons they will have the opportunity to research the options it has highlighted and will discuss the outcomes with their tutor and Head of Guidance. Pupils will also attend the UCAS exhibition so they can identify which A Level subjects would best prepare them for future Degree courses.
Year 12 and 13 (Sixth Form)
Pupils in Year 12 and 13 will have weekly lessons with the Head of Guidance during the year where they will focus on looking at all options available post 18. They will have opportunities to research these options and listen to a variety of visiting speakers. Pupils applying to university will benefit from small group support in completing their applications and choosing courses.
Overseas University Applications
Information for Universities
Mount Kelly is a relatively small, independent, co-educational day and boarding school in the heart of Devon. This means that the variety of social backgrounds and the academic ability range in the Year 13 cohort are both very broad. Each year we have several pupils who are academically very able and aim high in their university applications. A significant minority of pupils have special educational needs, typically requiring extra time in examinations, and there is also a section of the year-group which are from overseas.
The Mount Kelly Sixth Form curriculum anticipates pupils taking three A Levels over two years. Following the reforms initiated by Mr Gove, it was decided that each of the new A Levels would require increased study and, therefore, it was appropriate for all but the brightest to study just three full A Levels. Similarly, in the spirit of the linearity underpinning the new A Levels, pupils in Year 12 do not sit any public exams and the AS qualification is not generally available. An exception to this is the Extended Project Qualification, for which many Year 12 pupils study. A small number of pupils may take an AS in Mathematics over two years.
A Levels offered at Mount Kelly: Art & Design; Biology; Chemistry; Design Technology; Economics; English Language; English Literature; French; Geography; Government and Politics; History; Mathematics; Further Mathematics; Music; Photography; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Religious Studies and Spanish.
Forecast grades for pupils applying to university are reached on the basis of their performance in the Year 12 summer exams, and the results from formal assessments undertaken as part of our routine tracking process through the year. The predictions are reviewed early in Year 13 on the basis of current performance.
In addition to A Levels, the school offers a BTEC Extended Diploma qualification in Sports Performance and Excellence.