Be connected to the best opportunities
At CTK Aquinas you will be given the tools you need to start planning your future career, thanks to our strong careers programme and links with employers and businesses.
We have strong links with our successful alumni community, some of whom sit on The Christ The King Partnership Board, providing valuable industry insight from a diverse range of careers.
You will be inspired at our annual careers conference, which provides an excellent opportunity for you to network with businesses and universities, while exploring your career options. You will also have opportunities to do work placements at top City companies.
External speaker programme
You will have access to our external speaker programme, which brings more than 30 specialists in their field to our Christ The King sixth form centres each year. Speakers come from a number of backgrounds and organisations. They have previously included Sir Ian Cheshire (Chairman of Barclays), David Thompson (film producer), and Gary Gibbon (Channel 4 News Political Editor).
You will have access to exciting opportunities thanks to our links with employers. These have previously included a professional mentoring programme with the EY Foundation, a Barclays seminar on building resilience and assertiveness, and a talk hosted by the US Ambassador to the UK. You can attend a variety of expert guest lectures, featuring corporate lawyers, barristers and executives from companies such as HSBC, BP and BT.
Here are just some of the schemes you can benefit from:
Mentoring Successful Professionals Programme
In our Mentoring Aspiring Professionals Programme you will be paired with professionals in their area of interest. Mentors have included: A Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics, a subeditor at The Times, an associate project manager at Transport for London, a civil servant at the Foreign Office, an investment lawyer, and a research scientist at Imperial College London.
Fast Track Programme
The Fast Track Programme supports motivated and ambitious students to develop wider skills and engage with employers. Around 50 students are invited to take part and benefit from training sessions and coaching on subjects like communicating and networking, making a positive impression, and understanding the workplace. Students who complete the Fast Track Programme have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the corporate workplace.
Barclays RISE Programme
Students on the Barclays RISE Programme attend sessions at Barclays in Canary Wharf, with the potential of a week’s work experience during the summer. The programme was founded by former CTK student and Partnership Board Member Michael Lee, along with colleagues in the Barclays Graduate Scheme. It provides a platform for them to share their experiences and mentor students who may have limited opportunities and insight into professional industries.
Be connected to our extensive Christ the King alumni community – apply to study at CTK Aquinas.
Trevor AQUINAS Progressed to: University of Lancaster Course: A Level Business, ICT and English Language and Literature
“My tutors at CTK were fundamental in my academic success. They were always approachable and willing to go the extra mile. I enjoyed taking part in extracurricular activities, including leading the sixth form band and being Director of the Business Enterprise Group, Student Governor and Student Head of Hall. ”
Bradley AQUINAS Progressed to: University of Nottingham Course: A Levels Maths A*, Physics A* and Chemistry A*
“At Christ the King I discovered I was resilient. My teachers really pushed me to be my best, I am in their debt, thank you for believing in me.”
Rose AQUINAS Progressed to: The University of Warwick Course: A Level History A, Politics A, Sociology A*
“CTK was a great environment for me to learn in. I’ve really enjoyed the teaching – all my teachers have been encouraging and supportive. They put in the extra time to help with workshops and revision to ensure we did well.”
Owen AQUINAS Progressed to: Royal Holloway University Course: A Level Maths A, Psychology B and Biology A
“I would recommend coming to CTK as the level of support offered by the subject teachers is exceptionally good. The best thing about CTK is being part of the friendliest group of students I've ever met. I'm applying to Oxford to study Psychology. ”
Esosa AQUINAS Progressed to: De Montfort University Course: A Level Biology, Chemistry and Maths
“My form tutor at CTK was exceptionally supportive every day. I value the freedom and independence of controlling my own learning, staying motivated whilst also having fun. The and people and sense of community provide a great environment. I have enjoyed extra opportunities such as joining summer schools and widening participation programs and becoming a student governor. I received lots of help from the careers guidance counsellor to help me realise what I want to do after sixth form. ”