The Higher Education and Careers Adviser offers a structured and effective careers and higher education programme, with related careers and training activities including; opportunities to engage with employers via work experience and workplace visits, enterprise activities, presentations and workshops, national competitions, Inspire and Career talks and the annual WHS Higher Education and Careers Fair held in March.

For full details of what we offer per year group, please see our Careers Plan by clicking on the link below.

WHS Career and Higher Education Adviser supports students and parents by offering impartial advice and guidance with access to a full range of post-16 opportunities.

Career interviews

Break and lunchtime drop-in sessions, bookable appointments during study periods and access to an independent careers consultant from David Ritchie & Associates who can offer one-to-one interviews, supporting students to raise aspirations and motivate them to achieve their full potential.

Inspire & Career Talks

With WHS alumnae and other inspiring women coming into school and talking to all year groups about their own education and career pathways.

Careers Activities

Careers activities for all year groups Year 7 to 13 to help develop the qualities and attributes students need to be healthy, independent and active participants in society.

Annual WHS Careers & Higher Education Fair

With representatives from HE universities and FE Colleges, local and national companies offering apprenticeships, work and training, Gap year information and various subject and HE talks take place during the evening.

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Higher Education Presentations

Covering varied topics including: why university, choosing a course, university applications, degree apprenticeships, personal statement writing, student finance, applying to Oxford and Cambridge, university assessments etc.


Access to excellent resources in the careers library and via the school website and parent portal.


All year groups have access to the online platform Unifrog where they can explore education and training pathways, apprenticeships and FE Colleges, with best practice guides to applications, personal statement writing, CV writing. Access to all UK university websites and information on applying to university in Europe, Canada, US, Australia and New Zealand.

University visits

Students have the opportunity to visit universities in Years 12 and 13.

Classroom to Careers Bulletin

Bulletin going out through the Parent Portal with careers news, apprenticeship vacancies, courses, study days and taster days etc.

Assessment of the Impact of Careers at WHS

WHS collates regular and systematic evaluation and feedback from students, employers and training providers through questionnaires and surveys sent out after each activity. This information is then used to assess and help develop the WHS careers programme. To further assess the impact of the careers programme at WHS, we have updated the regular ‘End of Year Survey’ for parents.

We also track destinations of students leaving WHS in Year 11 and Year 13.

Provider Access

In line with the Gatsby statutory requirements; WHS offers multiple opportunities for outside providers to come into school and speak to students and parents about options available post 16, including; colleges, universities, employers offering apprenticeships and training providers.  

We hold an annual Careers and HE Fair, assemblies, lunchtime talks, presentations and regular posts about apprenticeship vacancies, job opportunities, internships and work experience via Microsoft Teams to sixth form.

Provider access table by term

Wycombe High School has a full-time designated Higher Education and Careers Advisor.

Careers Leader

Mr Jack Rushton

Careers Adviser

Miss Maria Spiteri

Telephone: 01494 523961

Higher Education Fair

The WHS Careers and Higher Education Fair is held annually in March.

We invite national and local employers, apprenticeship and vocational training providers, FE colleges and a number of HE universities.

The WHS Careers and HE Fair is open to students in Year 10-13

For further information or to request a stand, please contact Miss Spiteri.

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