Careers & Higher Education

Making the right decisions about university choices and preparation for future careers are undoubtedly some of the most important decisions that boys will be faced with during their time at the RGS.

The design of the curriculum ensures that critical decisions are not made until boys make their A Level choices. Plans are discussed individually with each student so that they are aware of the potential implications of choices made in terms of university and career aspirations. This same rationale underpins the guidance on university applications.


The School is very proud of its record in securing places at leading universities: over the last six years, on average, 25% of boys have gained a place at Oxford or Cambridge with large numbers also studying at Durham, Exeter, Warwick, Bath, Bristol, Nottingham and the London universities of Imperial, UCL and KCL.  Support is also given for those choosing to apply to American Universities or to follow the increasingly popular Degree Apprenticeship route.


Boys are given plenty of opportunities to investigate and explore potential career paths. All Fifth Form students undertake a period of Work Experience following the completion of their GCSE examinations.

The annual Careers Convention, at which over 80 professions and companies are represented including many alumni, and the programme of career-specific seminars which run throughout the year provide further opportunities. The fortnightly Careers and Higher Education Bulletin provides advice on university applications and the opportunities available in and beyond school to develop their own particular interests. In addition, as Director of Careers and Higher Education, Mr Dunscombe is always available for one-to-one consultations with both boys and parents.

The School’s approach is based upon providing both students and parents with key information, extensive support and guidance, and individually tailored advice so informed, objective, and exciting decisions can be made about future education and career paths.

Peter Dunscombe, Director of Higher Education

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