University and Careers


U6 parents evening Feb 2018

A copy of the talk to parents can be found here.

This guide is published each year by UCAS. Click on 'guide' to follow the link. Please note that like many schools, KES has internal deadlines to allow us to achieve the external deadlines set by UCAS.

We know that all our parents will be concerned to support students through the difficult decisions facing them both in terms of OPTION subjects and, in the VI Form, their possible HE Choices. We believe our students are provided with first class tutoring that allows them to negotiate their way to a successful career. The Sutton Trust has ranked the school as 30th in the entire uk for success in placing students in the top universities and this is something of which we are justifiably proud.

Preparing The Way

Before the Sixth Form is reached, students will have had opportunities to discuss, with their tutors, their subject options and the implications of any psychometric testing taken in both the Lower and Upper School. Letters explaining the Fast Tomato process (Third Year) and the Morrisby process (Fourth Year)  are sent out to parents at the appropriate stages. Parents are always invited to attend the Morrisby Feedback Interview which is offered to all students in their Fourth Year in the school.


Supporting Choices

This LINK will take you to yet another source of information to help your understanding of the HE process.

One of the best possible sources for information about appropriate subject choices for University courses is the UCAS website where individual entry requirements are available via the course search option.  HERE is an example of the information you can access. In addition the Russell Group provides information about subject choices that are regarded as 'facilitating'. UCAS provides a dedicated set of information pages specifically aimed at helping parents to understand the HE system. 

The information contained within the University and Careers pages of the school web site is intended to ensure that our students have the best possible preparation for their futures after KES.

As 98% of our students continue their education at university, the focus on these pages is to provide information and links to information that will allow them to make informed choices.

Finance and University

Although the School is not in any way involved in the arrangements made for financing University education, below are some links that you may find useful:

Money you can get to pay for University - Directgov
Financing your future - Student finance
Student Finance Calculator - Directgov
Register and login to student finance online services - Directgov
The Scholarship Hub

Please consider looking at the information also contained in the student resources section and to consult the information concerning the HE calendar and our Open Day Programme. All parents of our Lower Sixth students are invited each year to attend an evening solely dedicated to Higher Education in which there are informative presentations and Question and Answer opportunities.

UCAS is the main conduit for all our university applications within the UK and has a dedicated section for Parents. However, we also provide information for students considering making applications to universities outside of the UK.

University and Finance

The government has produced further information to students and parents related to university entry including further details about the costs and student loans. This information is available here.

Student Finance - ITV

Presentations To Parents

Each year the presentations given to parents of our Lower Sixth students during the Spring Term programme of HE events are made available for a short period of time on this web page.

The current Lower Sixth parental presentation will appear below after the presentation in March.

In addition, the parental section of the UCAS website provides thorough guides to the university process within the UK

University Open Day Visits

Most universities will offer Open Days and we encourage students to visit Universities that offer courses to which they may apply, but time off school must be negotiated and approved.

If Open Days are offered on a Saturday [as many are] we would not expect a student to take time out of the curriculum on weekdays.

Dates of undergraduate Open Days can be found under the Undergraduate Admissions section on the respective websites. Please note that London Universities usually offer individual departmental Open Days that are subject –based.

Tutors should be informed of any proposed visits, but we would expect all students to be present in school for the UCAS Training Afternoon in June and for Leavers' Day, also in June.
Please see the published school calendar for specific dates.

We will generally aim to run an official school trip to at least one University Open Day and for such a trip, a coach will be provided by the school. Parents are very welcome to attend. Please book using KESPAY. If you do book seats on a school-run coach trip, please ensure that the suitability of the course under consideration and the logistical arrangements of the day are discussed with your son/daughter and with his/her tutor.

When booking a place on a school coach it will still be necessary to book places online with the university for specific talks.

Please note that any such Open Day trip will depart from Hill Lane at an early time [this could be as early as 7am] and will depart from the university town at around 3pm in order to reach Southampton by approximately 6pm.

In past years we have run coaches to the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Oxford. Please check at the LVI Higher Education Evening for specific dates for the coming year.