Pimlico Academy’s motto, ‘Libertas per Cultum’, embodies the ambition we have for all our students. It also encapsulates our resolve to ensure that background is never a barrier to success.
There is much more to an outstanding sixth form education than excellent A Level results, as important as these are, and that is why the sixth form provision here rests on a number of foundation stones: academic endeavour, co-curricular opportunities, bespoke Higher Education and careers support, leadership development and individualised pastoral care.
Pimlico Academy is looking for an exceptional person who will co-ordinate and administer the HE aspect of the academy’s sixth form. This non-teaching post is a hugely exciting one for someone who is ambitious for young people, knowledgeable about HE support and particular UCAS, one who has a fine attention to detail and will be on-hand to support students to set realistic yet ambitious Higher Education targets for themselves.
The Higher Education Co-Ordinator will have strong knowledge of all aspects of post-16 HE guidance, have an excellent understanding of the Widening Participation agenda and an ability to train staff and to support and advise young people throughout their sixth form journey.
Their main role is to provide higher education support and guidance to all students to enable them to make HE-related decisions and to help them acquire the necessary skills to manage their university applications successfully. The role will involve working closely with the Assistant Principal Sixth Form and the rest of the Sixth Form team, including tutors. You will have the confidence to lead our Higher Education programme, helping to establish and maintain strong lines of communication between students, parents/ guardians and school staff.
If you feel you have the experience and skills to prepare students effectively for their progression into Higher Education in all its forms, we would love to hear from you.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
With the Assistant Principal Sixth Form, lead on delivery of the Higher Education programme for students with responsibility for ensuring the Higher Education applications’ process is administered effectively and efficiently, including assuring the quality of applications.
Work closely with tutors and academic departments, and provide training and support for all staff responsible for the Higher Education applications’ process
Ensure that robust support and guidance is in place for students and their parents/guardians on course and university choices, the UCAS application process and student finance during HE evenings and internal progression events
Be available to offer students with one-to-one confidential interviews at different stages throughout the two years of their sixth form in order to guide and support their Higher Education aspirations
Source expert external providers and student role models to inspire, motivate and educate all students so that they can:
make informed decisions about their university choices
select the right universities in order to fulfil their excellent academic potential
build the evidence they need to prove an interest in their chosen subject area
write an excellent Personal Statement
tackle university interviews effectively and with confidence throughout
Support academic subject specialists, tutors and teachers in our schools in their role as reference writers, and ensure that robust measures for collating, proofreading and editing is in place to ensure high quality UCAS references
Research, write and deliver presentations for students, parents and staff on specific HE themes including, but not limited to, the UCAS application process and predicted grades, study skills and revision techniques
Ensure that there is a clear programme in place for high-quality student finance tutorials, and that close contacts are established with Student Finance England to support students in completing their student finance applications
Approach Oxford and Cambridge and establish warm relations with each school’s partner college; build and maintain a comprehensive network of contacts including all Russell Group universities, Student Finance England, UCAS and other HE organisations, work experience providers and professional parents
Organise an annual University Fair at Pimlico Academy
Work with the Vice Principal Academic in the development of centralised Suggested Reading and Resources list, including e-resources - for every subject area applied for, in collaboration drawing on the expertise of academic subject specialists in the Curriculum Centre and across the Trust’s schools
Ensure that there is specific support in place for all Medicine/ Dentistry/ Veterinary Medicine/ Education applicants
Provide support on A Level Results Day in August and for the following week
Attend UCAS conferences and other HE events to keep up-to-date with developments and broaden the network of useful contacts