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City of London

School for girls

“Highly effective careers guidance underpins the choices pupils make for the next stage of their education.”

ISI Report 2015

Our Commitment:

The Careers department at City is very active and is committed to providing an effective planned programme of impartial, accurate and up to date Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) for all pupils in Years 7-13, with additional external support delivered via appropriate providers. All young people need help with learning to become and remain active citizens in a rapidly changing modern society, if they are to be able to find continued employment in the world of work in the 21st century. CEIAG at CLSG follows guidelines offered through the ACEG and CDI Frameworks and the Gatsby Benchmarks. The School also offers pupils a rich provision of classroom and extra-curricular activities which develop a range of character attributes, which underpin success in education and employment. There are structured, relevant and engaging careers activities which develop understanding for life, both in modern Britain and as a global citizen.

Our Curriculum:

The CEIAG curriculum is in existence to ensure girls have the information and education they require in order to make the decisions required regarding their futures. The programme is delivered through the PSHCE and assembly curriculum via talks, training sessions, careers speakers, day trips and one-to-one sessions. The school uses its unique location at the heart of the City of London to develop excellent relationships with local institutions, as well as with local employers including major investment banks and firms of solicitors. Employees from a variety of workplaces regularly deliver talks to the students. The school benefits from the diversity of opportunities available on our doorstep and much of the work of the careers department utilises these contacts to provide educational and ‘hands on’ CEIAG experiences for students. The Head of Careers is always on hand to speak to girls and parents on a one-to-one basis and implements the curriculum below.

  • The Real Game (Year 7)
  • Young Engineers Day (Year 7) run by the Physics Department
  • Take Our Daughters to Work (Year 8)
  • City Girls in Science Careers Exploration Day (Year 8)
  • City Girls in the Arts Careers Exploration Day (Year 9)
  • Queen Mary University of London trip (Year 10)
  • City Girls in the City Careers Exploration Day (Year 10)
  • Career Profiling with My Future Choice (Year 10)
  • CV workshop (Year 11)
  • Work Experience (Year 11)
  • Virtual Work Experience with Changing Education (Year 9-13)
  • Tailored worldwide university guidance (Year 12 and 13)
  • MEDSOC (Year 12)
  • Higher Education Evening (Year 12)
  • SAT bootcamp for US applicants with A List (Year 12)
  • Workshop about applying to US Universities (Year 12)
  • Annual UCAS morning including Apprenticeship talk (Year 12)
  • Careers Committee Team (Year 12)
  • Careers Committee events (Year 9-13)
  • Raising student awareness in courses run by external providers e.g. Headstart, The City Centre, Stemettes, InvestIN and other careers related workshops (Year 12).
  • Relevant Open Days and taster courses (Year 12).
  • Unifrog/ Fast Tomato/ Springpod/ LearnLounge access (Year 9-13)
  • Biennial Careers Convention (Year 9-13) to which our partner City schools are invited
  • Life After City Talks (Year 9-13)
  • Extended work experience placements arranged by The Brokerage, InvestIN and other partners. (Year 12)
  • Training for UCAT, BMAT, LNAT, TSA and other university entrance tests via Enrichment as well as via some external providers such as The Medic and Lawyer Portals (Year 12)
  • MMI preparation workshop with FastTrack Medical (Year 13)
  • Enterprise Education including participation in Young Enterprise, CBI Conference, Enterprise Management and Target 2.0 (Year 12) run by the Economics Department.
  • Participation in opportunities offered by local employers (Year 12 and 13).
  • Work experience exchanges organised by the Department of Modern Languages in Conjunction with the Careers Department (Years 12 and 13)
  • Mentoring/ educational schemes offered locally e.g. Morgan Stanley, The City Centre, The Design Museum (Year 12)
  • Mock interview workshops (Year 13)
  • Funding talk (Year 13)
  • Gap years. (Year 14) Pupils can freely access all the Careers Department’s package of support in the same way they could in Year 13.

Pupils are actively involved in the planning, delivery and evaluation of additional career-based events which are developed by the Year 12 Careers Committee. The feedback from all the Career Department events is used to improve future activities year on year.

Our award:

The School was awarded the Careers Excellence Award in 2001. This was subsumed into Investors in Careers. Investors in Careers was re-awarded in 2004, 2011 and 2015 and in 2018 we obtained the ‘Quality in Careers Standard’ which is the newest version of the award. We will be reassessed for the updated version of the Quality in Careers Standard in January 2021.

Our recent speakers:

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 
  • Harvard University
    Janet Irons, Senior Admissions Officer at Harvard
  • Dartmouth College
    Emma McLeavey-Weeder, Associate Director of Admissions at Dartmouth College
  • Careers in International Development and Media
    Anita Lowenstein Dent
  • Careers in Socially Responsible Law
    Jenny Beck
  • 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
  • Studying Abroad
    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
    Alisa Fleischmann

Our Careers Committee:

There is an active Careers Committee formed of Year 12 girls which offers them the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with regards to events planning and organisation both for CLSG students and parents, as well for those in the City of London Family of Schools.

Further information:

Should you wish to find out more about the work of the Careers department here at CLSG please contact Ms Perkins, Head of Careers, or Miss Anstee , Assistant Head of Careers.