The world of work and careers is moving on very rapidly. Gone are the days of just getting through senior school with a handful of GCSEs on a wing and a prayer. Today all youngsters enter upper school and are encouraged from the off to choose their options so they can apply for the right university that offers the right course for their chosen profession or career. This is particularly true for anyone wanting to take up law in any of it’s many disciplines. Getting into the right uni and then the correct law school or training practice is absolutely critical, otherwise it can be an uphill struggle.
Many children /t eenagers in my immediate area go to the clutch of state schools within a mix of catchment areas. There are also some fine independent schools dotted around, apparently affordable so not in the same league as the Eton, Harrows, Marlborough Colleges, but still a step up. The only thing that really differentiates which school a good student went to is their uniform and a certain confident air coming from one or two in the fee paying sector. The take up of top university places from the small independent schools is still the same, they coach students to take and pass the entry papers as a matter of course and others go on to a career in the military. Very few third sons drift automatically toward the church these days!