At Newman 6th we ensure that each student is supported at not only during their time here but also for when they leave us such as applying to university, undertaking apprenticeships and work experience or pursuing full-time employment. Our students have successfully gained places at top universities and have obtained apprenticeships in areas such as accounting and finance.

A great focus on those students who are inclined towards attending university post-18 is to prepare them for the rigorous application process that takes place in the beginning of their second year, especially for reputable universities such as the Russell Group.

This group is a collection of 24 universities in the UK that are renowned for the quality of their research. They are also characterised by outstanding teaching standards and are set up to have good links with businesses and the public sector.

Our students work with world-class experts, use first-rate libraries and facilities, are part of a highly motivated and talented peer group and often engage with cutting-edge research.
Graduate recruiters rank ten Russell Group universities in the top 30 universities worldwide, and Russell Group graduates typically receive a 10% salary ‘top-up’ over others. Why? Because the combination of teaching and research excellence creates the ideal learning environment which produces ‘work-ready’ graduates.
Providing a world-class student experience is a top priority for us and our universities have higher than average student satisfaction and the lower than average drop-out rates.
Wendy Piatt | Director General Of The Russell Group

There are currently 24 universities belonging to the Russell Group:
• University of Birmingham
• University of Bristol
• University of Cambridge
• Cardiff University
• Durham University
• University of Edinburgh
• University of Exeter
• University of Glasgow
• Imperial College London
• King’s College London
• University of Leeds
• University of Liverpool
• London School of Economics & Political Science
• University of Manchester
• Newcastle University
• University of Nottingham
• University of Oxford
• Queen Mary, University of London
• Queen’s University Belfast
• University of Sheffield
• University of Southampton
• University College London
• University of Warwick
• University of York

Click here for the Russell Group webpage for more details.

We also aim to support every student who wishes to apply for Cambridge and Oxford through application help, interview practice and fortnightly meetings with the ‘Oxbridge group’.

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At Newman we have a dedicated member of our team, Ms Palmiero who offers careers education, information, advice and guidance to students who wish to discuss their options post-sixth form. This includes but is not limited to:

  • CV Advice
  • Apprenticeship applications
  • Employment
  • Interview practice and advice
  • Meeting with employers, to ensure that she has the most up-to-date information on the job market.
  • Organise lectures to come into school
  • Organise the in-house careers fair.
  • Trips to apprenticeship fairs

Ms Palmiero also offers advice with Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Higher National Diplomas (HND) as an alternative to the standard university route.

As well as conventions, Ms Palmiero arranges trips to universities as well as residentials. Recent examples include an engineering residential at Imperial College London and a medilink residential which were both paid for by the college.

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To ensure that Newman6th pupils make fully informed decisions regarding their post-18 destinations, we ensure that they have access to the Unifrog system. Such a service allows students to view university and apprenticeship courses and create ‘shortlists’.

The service also helps students write their personal statement to ensure they maximise their chances of getting into the University that they wish to attend. Unifrog also ensures that students can receive feedback on their personal statement from their ALPS mentor whom can give online feedback throughout the application period.

To access please log-in with the link below:

Applicants then can use Unifrog to search for various uni courses and apprenticeships. There is also a personal statement section to ensure that students can be working on it from an early stage.

Once students are signed up, UCAS will send them information about HE, apprenticeships, gap years, internships and any other options that the students tell them they are interested in.