Life after Colfe’s

The vast majority of leavers from Colfe’s go on to higher education, whether at university or at a specialist college for Music, Art or Drama; in the UK or abroad. 80% of them get into their first choice university.

Other students may prefer to learn on the job – getting qualified, getting paid and gaining real-world experience. Apprenticeship schemes may accept lower A-level grades than university but the selection process is highly competitive.

Whatever route you choose, the Careers team can advise you of all the options available and prepare and support you for what happens next.

The Colfe’s Careers programme begins in the Senior School:

Year 10 you will attend an activity afternoon which introduces you to the skills needed for the world of work.

Year 11 we run a careers morning covering topics such as CV writing, going to university, the alternatives to university and interview technique. We also provide psychometric profiling for each pupil, followed by one to one interviews by external careers professionals. The Futurewise New Generation Profiling has been developed by the Inspiring Futures Foundation and measures aptitudes in numerical, verbal and abstract reasoning and memory and attention. Questionnaires on career interests and personality styles are then linked to the scores to give a detailed report of the individual’s abilities, interests and personality, career suggestions and advice in suitable subject choices. This will help you with choosing A-levels, university subjects and careers through identifying your strengths and aptitudes.

In the Sixth Form:

Year 12 

  • Our innovative internship programme has offered placements with Ciena, Rothschild Bank, Cardinal House, London Fire Brigade, Rabobank, FM Conway, Tarsus, Colab, Lloyds Bank, Woodland Farm Trust, UCL Cancer Centre, Playle & Partners, Fountain Court Chambers, L’Occitane, GSK, Intrinsic, EY among others.
  • One-to-one interviews about university and career aspirations
  • Bespoke support for those thinking about competitive courses such as Medicine or Oxbridge.
  • Medics’ support group helps students looking to enter medical school (including dentists, vets and other competitive medical careers) by encouraging and helping to find work experience, mock interviews, selecting universities to apply to and organising UKCat training
  • Oxbridge applicants are given support and preparation coaching for entrance exams and interviews as well as frequent visits to Colleges.
  • Lectures from speakers through the year such as: working as a Chemical Engineer, careers in science, going to university abroad
  • Talks – just in the last year we have had visits from University of East Anglia on how to manage your money, an Old Colfeian who is doing an apprenticeship with BP, and recent leavers come back to share experiences of what university is really like.
  • UCAS programme – a parents’ meeting explaining how we provide support through this exciting but sometimes daunting process is followed by sessions in which you will learn about:
    • Writing a Personal Statement
    • Getting the best use out of university open days
    • Managing your money
    • Making the most of the skills you have acquired in life so far
    • Using Unifrog, which helps with university application by keeping all research and personal statement drafts in one place
    • Each student has a personal tutor to help with the application process and write references

We also hold a Careers and Higher Education Convention every two years, where over 80 advisers can provide you with information about a wide range of careers, universities and gap year opportunities.

Our most recent event included representatives from: BDO, ICAEW, Lloyds Bank, Funding Circle, Shell, esure, Tesco Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, Kepler Cheuvreux, Intrinsic, BHM Architects, Orange Bus, Playle & Partnres, Orion Publishing, ITV, Johnson Matthey, Costain, Jones Day, Mackrell Turner Garrett, Maidstone Chambers, Hamptons International, JLL, various health professionals and more. Major universities such as Bath, Cardiff, East Anglia, Maastricht, Manchester, New College of the Humanities, Nottingham, Oxford, University College London and Warwick attended.

How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for Colfe's School. Our main entry points are at ages 3, 4, 11 and 16.