• The whole careers programme encouraged me to be more confident and focused – I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead.
    Sarah, Year 12

University and Careers

Whatever your aspirations, goals or dreams for the future, life in the Sixth Form at Sheffield High School is designed to prepare you to take that next step. You will be supported by an experienced and professionally qualified Head of Careers who will offer you information, advice and guidance as you research, plan and prepare for your future.

The majority of our students choose to go on to Higher Education and every year approximately 15% apply for Oxford or Cambridge. Some students like to take a gap year between school and university, others explore degree courses abroad and there are an increasing number of exciting employment opportunities for A-level leavers.

Our tutorial system and programme of lunchtime and evening careers events aim to ensure that you understand the range of options available and are fully supported to make the decisions that are right for you. You will also benefit from the opportunity to access a wide range of voluntary and work experience placements and will be encouraged to participate in a variety of enrichment activities that will add to your employability skills.

As a member of the Girls’ Day School Trust, you will enjoy membership of the GDST Alumnae Network. This is a unique association, with more than 55,000 members, which provides our students with unrivalled opportunities to make career and social connections across the UK that will last a lifetime.

Career Mark Logo 2015-2017The School is proud to hold Career Mark accreditation.  Career Mark is a Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) award validated by The Quality in Careers Standard Board (QiCS).  This award recognises that the School offers high quality careers education and guidance.  We're the first school in Sheffield to have achieved this accreditation.

  1. The School has effective systems for planning, managing and integrating Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
  2. There is an effective integrated programme of advice, guidance and support
  3. The curriculum effectively supports the development of learners’ knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes
  4. The School makes available to pupils relevant, important and effective information and helps them to acquire the skills required to research and evaluate so that they can make well-informed and realistic career decisions
  5. The School evaluates learners’ knowledge, competence and attitudes towards career planning

Careers Bulletins

  • For a copy of the Y13 Leavers' Careers Bulletin (Employability Special) [July 2016], please click here
  • For a copy of the Parents' Careers Bulletin 2015, please click here








Support for entry to Oxford and Cambridge Universities

We give wide-ranging support to all our students as they prepare for life after Sheffield High School.

Many look to attend either Oxford or Cambridge universities and applying for places there demands particular skill and dedication from applicants. With this in mind, the School provides tailored support for Oxbridge entry for those of our students who aspire to study there.

Support materials are available to download as follows –

  • For an outline of the support provided for Oxbridge entry, please download here
  • For a copy of our “Guide to Preparation for Applying to Cambridge and Oxford Universities”, please download here
  • For a copy of our booklet “Writing Your Personal Statement”, please download here
  • For a copy of our booklet, “The Interview Stage”, please download here
  • For a copy of our booklet “A Guide for Mentors”, please download here