Life After Sixth Form

Moving On

Students who enter the Sixth Form at The Blandford School receive excellent guidance to prepare them for their progression choices. So whether students wish to continue in higher education or to seek employment or apprenticeships, they receive advice through the Progression Programme which begins in Year 12 and continues into Year 13.

In Year 12, students are introduced to progression through a series of linked tutor periods which outline the ways in which they can start researching areas of interest. Some students on level 3 courses will choose to look at University and will begin their research by using the and websites. Others will want to look into apprenticeships. The Spring term of Year 13 is a good time to start looking into higher level apprenticeships (those suitable for 18 year old students on A level courses). Alternatively, students who want to enter employment immediately after A levels will be supported by our Careers Adviser, Ansbury Advice & Guidance and help from the Sixth form tutor team.

Level 2 students will be advised on vocational courses at local colleges, apprenticeships or employment. Some Level 2 students also use their BTEC qualifications as a stepping stone to A level study.

Once students who want to go on to university start to research areas that they are interested in, they are encouraged to attend Open Days and research courses carefully. Tutors and the Progression Team help them to make informed choices and support students in their applications. In addition, we offer support through a range of events, designed to help students in their transition to Higher Education.

Events include:

An annual visit to the Higher Education Fair at Bryanston School
Students are invited to attend a range of workshops ranging from Biochemistry to Law, aimed at informing students about course structure, admissions and graduate careers opportunities.

Oxbridge Conference
To raise aspiration and de-bunk the myth of Oxford and Cambridge.

Higher Education Fair at Bournemouth University
Attended by University representatives from throughout the U.K.

A Progression Day
Giving students clear advice on writing personal statements, admissions, UCAS applications and finance.

Opportunities to meet past Blandford students
With those who have gone on to complete degrees or successful careers or Gap Years.

Student Finance Presentation                                                                                 

Information for students and parents about financial support and funding for University study

In addition, we offer students mock interviews to prepare them for the university admission process. We advise and help students gain valuable work experience in local businesses so that they are differentiated from other potential candidates.

21 April, 2021


Updated 30/03/2021


URGENT Action to take if there is a positive Covid-19 test in your household over the Easter holiday

Dear Parent/Carer


Action to take if there is a positive Covid-19 test in your household over the Easter period

The latest Government advice is as follows:  where a student or staff member tests positive for coronavirus having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should NOT be contacted.  Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

If a student tests positive up to and including Wednesday, 7th April you must contact the school’s emergency number

07857 113728

Please provide the following information:

Name and year group of the student who has tested positive

Date of positive test

Date symptoms developed

Date student was last in school

Names of friends/contacts during school break and lunchtimes

The school will identify and contact families of close contacts during any lessons and tutor periods, and also families of any known social contacts provided by you.

Please leave your own contact details, including email and telephone number.

You do not need to contact the school if a member of your household tests positive, but you should follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace in terms of isolation required within your household.

I would like to thank the entire school community for your support and co-operation during this unusual and difficult half-term.

With best wishes for a restful half-term break,

Sally Wilson


21 April, 2021


Updated 20/07/2020


Click Here For – Reopening Plans


  1. Messages for parents/carers Years 11 & 13
  1. Child Protection and Student Welfare Concerns
  1. Health and Wellbeing
  1. Contact details for Heads of Faculty, Heads of Year, Senior Leadership Team and IT Systems Manager

Thank you very much for your support

Sally Wilson