The vast majority of our Sixth Form leavers progress directly to university. Each year, roughly 10% embark on a Gap Year either gaining work experience or travelling the world, while around 5% go straight into permanent employment.

Interestingly, over a quarter of our university students choose courses related to business and management. Health and life sciences, history and geography also prove regularly to be popular options .

Recent cohorts have demonstrated the strength of Shiplake’s careers provision. In 2017, 96% of pupils secured a place at their chosen university, considerably above the national average of 65%. Just a handful of leavers had to use the clearing process in search of a place. With an experienced team of Sixth Form tutors, all with significant experience of the UCAS system, we hope this high rate of success will be maintained over the years to come.

In recent years, pupils have proceeded to a range of leading higher education institutions including Oxbridge, Russell Group and Ivy League (USA) institutions. Popular destinations include Bath, Birmingham, Leeds, Oxford Brookes, Exeter, Warwick, Bristol and Southampton. The South West of England has proved the most popular region, with UWE (Bristol), Bournemouth and Plymouth universities often frequently chosen by Shiplake pupils. The most commonly selected university remains Loughborough, with many Shiplake pupils attracted by their outstanding sporting facilities.

96% of 2017 leavers gained entry to their chosen university