Careers Department - Provider Access Statement
The Careers department at City is very active and provides Careers Education and Guidance
throughout the school to support each girl’s preparation for working life. We aim to develop the
girls’ knowledge and experience of opportunities in education, training, and employment, so that
they can make informed decisions regarding their future. Our work is in line with the CDI
Framework and the Gatsby Benchmarks, identified by Sir John Holman in the Good Career Guidance
These aims complement the school’s vision: inspirational learning, exciting partnerships and a strong
culture of self-reflection in the heart of the capital will grow a new generation of pioneering young
people. Our values are respect, responsibility and resourcefulness and our work links to the School
Aims 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6; Learning, Co-curricular, Pastoral, People and External Relations.
As a department, we strive to provide an environment where all members of the school community
can flourish and develop into happy, balanced, and resilient individuals with a strong social
conscience and positive attitudes to self, health, spiritual and moral issues, respect for others and
the environment. We are committed to an international outlook and educating young women to be
the leaders of tomorrow.
CLSG has held the Investors in Careers Award since 2002. From March 2017, all Careers Standard
awards now follow a national set of standards – The Quality in Careers Standard – which has
replaced the Investor in Careers Award. This is sometimes referred to as ‘Gatsby Plus’, recognising
that in order to achieve the full Quality in Careers Standard, a school needs to be meeting and
superseding the Gatsby Benchmarks.
- Jenny Brown, Head teacher and Senior Manager with responsibility for CEIAG
- Stephanie Ellington, Governor with responsibility for CEIAG
- Ellie Perkins, head of careers and higher education; coaching team member
- Rebecca Anstee, assistant head of careers
- Jennie Sutton, US university counsellor
- Elizabeth Aquilina, CEMP higher education coordinator
- Rachel Carnay, humanities higher education coordinator
- William Tibbits, STEM higher education coordinator
- Melrose Gray, Prospects Advisor
There is an active Careers Committee formed of year 12 girls. This offers them the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in events planning and organisation, both for CLSG students and parents, as well as for those in our partner Family of (City) Schools and the East London Consortium schools.
All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:
- to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities,
as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of
education and training options available at each transition point;
- to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including
technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group
discussions and taster events;
- to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical
- to receive independent careers guidance.
The Department’s Offer
Our Careers programme is designed to allow students a broad education and exposure to as many different careers areas as possible, in order to help them decide what they want to do when they leave school. All girls have access to Unifrog where they can research all qualifications and opportunities, sign up to webinars about careers, pathways and application processes, as well as keep a record of all their Careers work whilst at CLSG. Parents are also given access to Unifrog so they can support their daughters.
In Sixth Form, girls are closely supported with the whole process of application preparation in Year 12 through to acceptance of a place in Year 13. The Careers course is delivered through PSCHE, assemblies and one off events with admissions tutors and other external speakers invited into school. All girls will receive an induction into the concept of university and the type of question they need to be asking themselves in terms of decision making. We run a Higher Education Evening for parents and pupils in Year 12 during which admissions tutors from a large number of distinguished institutions visit the school to answer girls’ and parents’ queries. Tutors attend from Oxford, Cambridge, King’s Imperial, LSE and UCL to name a few.
Enrichment classes run in Year 12, as well as a UCAS Day during which girls are helped to begin their UCAS forms and to start their personal statements. In Year 13 there is a full package of mock interview support which is organised through the Careers Department in conjunction with appropriately trained volunteers from local industry, as well as long running partnerships with specialists in Oxbridge style questioning.
For students planning to study Medicine, we offer a tailored package of support via our MEDSOC – runing at lunchtimes once a week for Year 12 from January until the November of Year 13. Specialist advice is offered to these girls in terms of organising work experience, finalising university choices, as well as understanding how to apply in the most strategic manner by playing to one’s strengths. In addition, we work closely with the Medic Portal and FastTrack Medical to provide UCAT and BMAT preparation courses and an MMI workshop.
For those students planning to study in America, we have a US Counsellor – Dr Jennie Sutton – who works closely with students and their families as they prepare their University Applications. Additionally, we offer students in year 12 a weekly meeting, timetabled as an ‘extra’ subject option, to prepare for US university applications. In the last five years, students have won places at Brown, Columbia, Georgetown, NYU, Princeton and the University of Chicago. We also support girls applying to Canada and elsewhere in the world. This year applications have included Toronto, McGill, Sciences Po and Bocconi.
The Careers department organises half termly ‘Life after City’ career talks for Year 9 to Year 13 through PSCHE. There are normally three speakers per session and they are selected with contrast in mind so that students are able to tailor a programme of talks which suits their personal interests.
The department runs a biennial Careers Convention held for Year 9 and above, at which girls are able to speak to employers from a wide range of careers, as well as network for work experience opportunities. There is an active Careers Committee formed of Year 12 girls, offering them the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in events planning and organisation, both for CLSG students and parents as well as for those in our partner schools.
In addition to advice offered in school, the girls have access to our independent partner Careers Advisor from Prospects – Melrose Gray – who is scheduled to see girls one-to-one in Year 9 and again in Year 11. She is also available to Year 7 and 8, should any girl wish to access her impartial advice.
All Year 11 girls undertake work experience after their GCSEs, and the Careers department offers assistance with drawing up CVS and Cover letters in preparation for this. We encourage girls to find their own placements, but assist with contacts when required.
In Year 10, girls take part in ‘City Girls in the City’ and are given a selection of programmes to choose from in order to find out more about different types of jobs. Choices include Banking, Law, Publishing, Tech and Architecture in the City. Girls are able to visit a number of institutions and workplaces to find out more about their chosen area. Year 10 girls are also taken on a trip to Queen Mary University of London to get a sense of what a campus, non-Oxbridge university is like. The girls use Unifrog to start researching degree and apprenticeship options.
In Year 9, girls take part in ‘City Girls in the Arts’ and participate in a film day, during which they produce their own films and find out more about Careers in the Arts. In addition, girls in Year 9 complete an interest based questionnaire via the computer careers research program ‘Fast Tomato’ in their PSCHE lessons and this helps them to identify career areas that may be of interest to them. Girls have the opportunity to research more into unknown career paths that may be of interest to them via this programme.
In Year 8, girls take part in ‘Take your daughters to work day’ and ‘City Girls in Science Day’ which involves undertaking tasks that allow the girls to gain an understanding of Careers in the STEM subjects. Girls in Year 8 are also given the opportunity to take part in the Building Futures Project run by locally based Engineering firm ‘Mace’.
In Year 7, girls participate in the ‘Real Game’ which allows them to experience adult life through an interactive computer-simulated programme. Girls also take part in an Engineering Day, run by the Physics Department, which allows them to experience the problems and challenges that face engineers on a daily basis.
The Careers Department works hard with outreach and where possible, we invite partner COL (and other) schools to benefit from the events we run, particularly in Year 12 and 13.
Careers in fashion
Zoe Souter, Marketing Manager Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design,
Careers in healthcare communications
Lisa Cohen (alum) , Healthcare Communications Consultant
Chartered business management degree apprentice strategy consultant IBM
Olivia James, IBM
Careers in finance
Polina Kudryavko, Senior Portfolio manager and Head of Emerging markets at Bluebay Asset Management
Careers in IT and entrepreneurism
David Barker, Internet entrepreneur
Careers in charity
Liz Campbell, Ex Charity Director for Wellbeing of Women; Chairman for the Association of Air Ambulances Charity
Careers in nutrition
Helen Bond, State Registered Dietitian/ Freelance Consultant Dietitian
Careers in law and human rights
Andrea Coomber, Director of Justice
Careers in events management
Megan Anstee (alum), Freelance Events Manager & Director of MA Endeavours Ltd
Careers in insurance
Helen Williams, Professional Indemnity Underwriter at QBE European Operations
Finding out about Camp America
Arianna Ware, Camp America
New York University and University of Notre Dame
Mikael Perreau, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at New York University
Janet Irons, Senior Admissions Officer at Harvard
Emma McLeavey-Weeder, Associate Director of Admissions at Dartmouth College
Careers in international development and media
Anita Lowenstein Dent
Careers in socially responsible law
Careers in child psychiatry
Dr Abigail Swerdlow
Careers in fashion
Rebecca Prowse, Events and Partnership Officer at Fashion Retail Academy
Careers in construction
Charlene Sargeant, Community Liaison Manager at Lendlease
Careers in management consultancy
Kat Buchanan, Senior Manager at Accenture
Sophia Doan and Mark Huntington, A Star Future Ltd
Careers in beauty and starting your own business
Sharmadean Reid, WAH Nails founder
Careers in marketing
Sarah Willer, Brand Manager at Unilever
Careers in investment banking
Ho Yan Yap, Lazard
Careers in dance and theatre
Alistair Spalding CBE, Artistic Director and CEO of Sadler’s Wells Theatre
Careers at the Bank of England
Sam Woods, Bank of England
Careers in advertising
How CEIAG is monitored and reviewed at CLSG
We are a department that is continually striving to improve and we listen carefully to our stakeholder
feedback which is collected via short online forms following the events, talks and experiences we
organise. In addition, pupil feedback is gathered termly by the Pastoral Team via Form Captain
Meetings and Junior and Senior School Council meetings. Whole school feedback is collated yearly
from parent surveys and the Friend’s Committee Meetings and this is also scrutinised carefully to
ensure we develop in accordance to our community’s needs. We adjust our activities each time we
organise them, in accordance with feedback from the previous year.
Should you wish to find out more about the work of the careers department here at City, please contact Eleanor Perkins, head of careers and higher education, or Rebecca Anstee, assistant head of careers. For US university information, please contact Jennie Sutton, US counsellor.
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