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Application support

St Peter's 13-18

Application support

The School recognises that the transition from school to university is both exciting and daunting for pupils. For this reason we give our pupils access to a planned programme of activities that will enable them to make informed decisions about their future direction.

For pupils considering Higher Education options, the help includes:

  • Pupil and parental briefings on the university application process both in the UK and overseas;
  • Training and assistance on how to complete individual relevant applications;
  • Coaching and quality assurance for the development of personal statements;
  • Individual advice and support throughout the process, ensuring that each application is rigorously checked for quality with appropriate references being provided;
  • Bespoke mock interviews tailored to individual interview requests are offered to pupils and regularly include specialist advisers to ensure authenticity.

A growing number of pupils are considering A Level training schemes and direct entry to employment. The help for these pupils includes:

  • Advice and guidance on options that are available;
  • Training and assistance on how to complete individual relevant applications;
  • Bespoke mock interviews.

Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry

Suturing workshop 2013

Pupils attending a surgical suturing workshop organised by the careers department

Though these are very competitive courses, the School has a proven track record of helping and supporting pupils in obtaining places. Not only do pupils need to achieve top grades in examinations, but they must also meet critically important, non-academic requirements such as work experience and voluntary work.

In addition to general information and advice that is available in School, presentations and events are organised to make sure that pupils understand what is required to make them competitive applicants. For instance, talks by university Admissions Tutors are held in School and presentations are given by the Royal College of Surgeons.


Cambridge and Oxford are both extremely competitive and our experience has shown that certain criteria need to be met for a successful application.

General information and advice is available in School. In addition, presentations are organised and pupils are made aware of relevant externally-organised events that will help them understand what is required to make them competitive applicants.

In particular, over the last few years the School has hosted an evening session by Admissions Tutors from Cambridge aimed at Lower Sixth pupils and parents. This is also made available to all state and independent schools in the York area (as part of the ISSP programme). Admissions criteria for the two universities have changed annually in recent years, and this session provides essential up-to-date information for those pupils considering applying to either university.