Careers and Destinations
For the past few years, Oakwood Park Grammar School has had higher than the Kent grammar school average of students going on to 'Russell Group' universities. The cohort of 2016 gave us the highest ever number with 51% of pupils joining top universities with an average entry requirement of AAA. The students with the very highest marks of A*AA joined Cambridge, Oxford and Exeter which rank in the top five universities worldwide.
The most popular university destinations for OPGS leavers in 2016 are listed below:
- Southampton- Geography, Computer Science, Zoology, Philosophy and Politics
- York- Chemistry, Computer Science, Biomedicine
- Sussex- English and Film Studies, Neuroscience, Business Management, Biomedicine, Media and Cultural Studies.
- Exeter – Maths, Law, Theology
In the past few years we have seen an increasing number of students joining the City (PWC and Lloyds) for sponsored degrees or higher level apprenticeships. This year we are adding further emphasis through our Enrichment programme to careers in engineering. Our Induction Day in June is sponsored by Sir Robert McAlpine and they return in November to run careers workshops for Year 12 and 13. The Chartered Institute of Insurers run networking events for OPGS students to enable them to use digital communication to increase their social capital in a competitive market.
OPGS students are sought after. They aim high and, due to their excellent results and enriched Sixth Form life, are attractive candidates for the most competitive universities and 'blue chip' companies.