Careers and Higher Education

The focus of our Careers Department is to provide robust and timely advice, information and guidance to pupils so that they can make informed choices as they progress through their education and into the world of work.

Parents are invited to a number of presentations and pupils & parents are encouraged to make individual appointments with members of the Careers Department to discuss university & career options.

Two students with text overlay for a link to explore careers and higher education

The L6 Career Talk was a good morning. I am extremely glad we attended to find out what’s on offer and what the girls need to do. You made what could have been a very dry subject, an entertaining and informative one. Thank you

Applications to International Universities

Recognising the increasingly diverse outlook of all Felstedians and the role of c25% international students in the Sixth Form, we have developed a programme delivered from Year 11 -13 focusing on the benefits of studying abroad.

Students are able to consider options as far afield as Australia and New Zealand, Canada, USA and closer to home in places such as the Netherlands and Italy. Staff have expertise in applications to all these areas and enlist expert support and visits from worldwide university outreach teams as well as experts in the field (such as the University 


Director of Professional Guidance: Ms Louise Scofield

Responsibility for the overview and management of all aspects of Careers and Higher Education, including UCAS, Apprenticeships and Jobs. Ms Scofield provides support and guidance to all students from Yrs 9-13, and can advise students about any aspect of their future.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01371 822668

Director of Business, Enterprise and Apprenticeships:
Mrs Joy McArdle

Mrs McArdle is available to advise students about opportunities with post 18 employment, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. She also supports the rest of the team with devising the Careers Education programme.
Email: [email protected]

Head of Competitive Applications:
Mrs Meredith Atkinson-Wood

Mrs Atkinson-Wood is the principle person to support all students applying for competitive courses, especially Oxbridge and US University applications. This includes preparation for entrance examinations and interviews.
Email: [email protected]

MVD Applications Adviser: Miss Alexandra Simpson

In addition to her role as Director of Lower Sixth and Exams, Miss Simpson is available to advise and support students making applications to Medicine, Veterinary and Dentistry courses, including preparation for entrance examinations and interviews.
Email: [email protected]

Careers Advice and Guidance Tutor:
Mrs Nicola Sunshine-Harris

Mrs Sunshine-Harris is available to offer impartial careers advice and guidance to all students in Yrs 9-13. This can include help with options decisions and with career and university decisions. She also supports Ms Scofield with the UCAS applications process. Mrs Sunshine-Harris works Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
Email: [email protected]

Higher Education & Careers Administrative Assistant
Mrs Nikki Pritchard

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The level of careers support the students get from the school is truly remarkable and we have impressed on our girls how important it is to use the resources at their disposal and listen to the advice on offer.