recent alumnae

Some recent leavers reflect on their time at City.

Recent Leavers"My time in Sixth Form at City was very special. I had so much support in my academic studies and my University applications. It was a caring and supportive atmosphere from which we could all make important decisions about the next stages of our lives. The teachers and students who surrounded me were also essential in preparing me for my year out. I now work as a general assistant at the architecture firm muf architecture/art and will be studying architecture at Cambridge University in October. This year has been all about meeting new people, learning new skills and generally dealing with new experiences and situations positively. My time at City definitely prepared me and made me embrace all these challenges with enthusiasm and dedication." Emily - leaver 2013 - studying Architecture at Cambridge (2014)

"I enjoyed all of my years at City but Sixth Form was an especially positive experience. All of my teachers were so dedicated to ensuring that we got the most out of each subject, and the atmosphere that they created was ideal for learning. Lessons were relaxed and we were encouraged to debate and think outside the syllabus, while still providing us with structure and support. Now I am in my first year at University I have particularly come to appreciate the emphasis put on independent learning at Sixth Form, which has prepared me well for a degree in which you have to be very self-motivated. I also just had an enormous amount of fun during my entire time at City, particularly on trips abroad, which gave me some of my best memories of my time at the school, and of the teachers!" Georgia - leaver 2013 - studying English Language and Literature at Oxford (2013)

"The Sixth Form at City was a fantastic environment for preparing you to make the step from school to university, which can seem daunting. From the academic to pastoral support, all the staff were really driven to ensure that every girl could achieve what she needed to both apply and secure her top choice university. Their dedication was so valuable and I feel indebted to many staff involved in my time at City. In addition, the Sixth Form offers so many opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, sport and conferences, which give an extra dimension to your application, round you as a person for university and allow you to form close bonds with fellow peers. These bond are evident from the great spirit of the Sixth Formers which filters down through the school, creating a buzzing atmosphere. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at City, it opened many doors for me and enables me to reach my goals. I have no doubt that the lessons I learnt there will stay with me for the rest of my life." Sophia - leaver 2013 - studying Classics at Cambridge University (2103)

"I didn’t realise how well City had prepared me for the next stages of my life and education until I found myself having to navigate the unexpected situations that inevitably arise with university. I am studying English Language and Literature at King’s College London and my time at school has been just as instrumental in preparing me for further studies as it has for knowing how to be independent in London. CLSG excels in encouraging its students to reach beyond both our own capabilities and the confines of the exam syllabus, which is the perfect preparation for a subject that requires you to reach across multiple art forms and schools of thought. I returned to the Barbican in September for the KCL Fresher’s Fair and felt terribly homesick until I realised that the most important thing is not the structure of the day and the familiarity of school rituals but the self-belief that City encourages, which carries us through our next steps in the world. It is so exciting to suddenly have a global network and to see everyone thriving in a wide range of new and challenging environments. I have come to believe that City is a miniature model for the world, which is perhaps why we all leave so well prepared, and why I will always find comfort in square, grey-brown concrete buildings." Ottilie - leaver 2013 - studying English Language and Literature at King's College London

 

"On my walk to work in Central London I pass City everyday, and look on with envy at Sixth Formers in their last two years of school, for me the best two years spent at CLSG. In the 6 months since leaving school I’ve truly begun to realise and appreciate the amount that City taught me. Looking for my first job, beginning work and experiencing firsthand the challenges of working outside of a school environment were all made that much easier on account of what I learnt at City. I fully expect my academic skills to help me when I start Bristol University in September, but it is the independence, confidence and sense of humor that I gained from being a City girl that have best served me since leaving school. I have a determination to work hard that I can now see will carry me through not only my academic studies but all other work following. There is a constant and absolute mutual support given in the sixth form, by both teachers and students. Due to this I now find it natural to care for my peers, to enjoy working in groups and to work towards positive outcomes not only for myself but also for those around me." Mary - leaver 2013 - studying English Literature at Bristol (2014)

“Leaving City was, at the time, a daunting leap into adulthood. I was leaving somewhere where I had felt that I truly belonged and which had hugely benefited me. However, currently studying mathematics at the University of Edinburgh, I realise that the lessons I have learnt from City are not ones that I will forget because I’m now learning over 400 miles away. I have found that university education focuses on self-discipline and independence, and my experiences at City encourage me to be so: to read around a topic or to attempt the harder questions. Furthermore, my enjoyment of the extra-curricular activities offered by City has also driven me to join a few societies and to try things I’d never done before. Highland Reeling is one example, which was an incredibly fun activity (and one that caused many sore muscles). CLSG will be a significant part of my life, and will help me both academically and non-academically. I look forward to the challenges I face as an ex-City Girl.” Mary - leaver 2010 – studying Mathematics at University of Edinburgh (2011)

“City Sixth Form prepares you for University and the world of working by giving you a firsthand experience of it. Lessons are interactive and girls are given space to expand on their knowledge of the subject through discussions in lessons. Learning is exciting and subjects are brought to life as discussions from lessons are often debated on further outside the classroom. As well as whetting our appetite about the subjects and teaching us, our teachers intervened to channel our thoughts and ensured our opinions or new findings were sound. I am currently at the University of Liverpool studying Biological and Medical Sciences and found I could cope well with independent learning as it became second nature for me to expand on what I had been taught.  Other than a relaxing atmosphere for learning, City Sixth Form gave me the opportunity to role play the working world through various roles of responsibility and using initiative to introduce needed societies. I felt the true beauty of City’s Sixth Form emerged through societies as it reinforced that the sixth form was part of the rest of the school and it gave us the chance to integrate and become better acquainted with the rest of the school. I’m so grateful to City for all the lessons learnt as I’m sure they will so many doors for me in the future.” Victoria - leaver 2010 – studying Biological and Medical Sciences at University of Liverpool (2011)

“Having left City in 2009, I spent time studying Jewish texts and philosophy in a full-time programme in Israel before starting at Cambridge University in October 2010 where I study Law. Essentially, City provided me with a strong sense of ambition. Both the teachers and students created an environment in which I loved the subjects that I studied and always felt driven to focus and thoroughly understand the material being taught. This desire to learn has stuck with me throughout my gap year and university and  will certainly help me beyond that. The close community in which we were all encouraged to take on leadership roles helped me develop many skills as well as make lifelong friends. I also benefited significantly from the extracurricular opportunities that City offered and the wide range of speakers that the school exposed us to. I recognise how well these speakers, together with the careers advice that we received, instilled in us the feeling that we could go on to do anything after City.” Miriam – leaver 2009 – reading Law at Cambridge University (2010)

“I left City in 2009 to study Medicine at Imperial College. City encourages you to make the most of every minute of your time there but at the same time the support of the staff and your form tutor makes you feel like it’s a safe environment to stretch yourself. The teachers are so dedicated and are always willing to give up their own time to help. The school’s experience with the university application process means their advice is invaluable. Now I have no problems giving presentations to my group for the Problem Based Learning aspect of my course because this is something I’ve done many times at A Level and if I need clarification on a topic I’m not afraid to ask a lecturer. I have so many good memories - from helping with energetic House Drama productions to playing the triangle in a ‘Beginner’s Band’! University life can seem like being a little fish in a big pond but City has given me the confidence in myself and my abilities to throw myself into it.” Maria – leaver 2009- studying Medicine at Imperial College London (2010)

Recent Leavers“Learning under teachers who are passionate and experts in their subjects is the core of my experience at City. We explored and discussed the subjects in depth instead of being made to feel like we were simply learning something for the sake of passing an exam. The teachers also went beyond their call of duty and provided support on academic and personal matters. It was a really stimulating environment to be in and we were given the opportunity to excel; during sixth form in particular we were given the chance to participate in a wide range of clubs and societies as well as encouraged to set up new activities. All this put together gave me the confidence to believe that I could do anything I put my mind to, something which has helped me make the most of my gap year and will undoubtedly be of use as I join University." Purany – leaver 2009 – taking a gap year before studying Medicine at Durham University (2010)