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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

The Careers department at City is very active and provides Careers Education and Guidance throughout the school to support each girls' preparation for working life. We aim to develop the girl's knowledge and experience of opportunities in education, training and employment, so that they can make informed decisions regarding their future.

Higher Education

During Year 12 and Year 13 the Careers department at CLSG offers girls a comprehensive course of preparation for entrance to a whole range of top universities. This programme covers a number of different features from an introduction to Higher Education and UCAS in Year 12,  through to acceptance of a place in Year 13. 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 King’s College, Imperial, LSE, UCL and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

The Sixth Form Careers course is delivered through PSCHEE classes and assemblies, where Admissions Tutors and other external speakers are invited into school. All girls will receive an induction into the concept of university and the type of questions they need to be asking themselves in terms of decision making.


Life After City

The Careers department also organises half termly ‘Life after City’ career talks for Year 9 to Year 13 through PSCHEE. In addition, there is a biannual Careers Convention held for Year 9 and above, where girls are able to speak to a huge range of employers about their work, as well as the opportunity to network for work experience placements.

Talks in the held this academic year include:

  • 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
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 our East London Consortium partnership schools. 

Careers Education for girls in Years 8 - 11

All Year 11 girls undertake work experience after their GCSEs, and the Careers department is able to offer assistance with the organisation of this if 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. This year the choice included Banking in the City, Law in the City, Publishing in the City, Science in the City and Art in the City. Girls were able to visit a number of institutions and workplaces to find out more about their chosen area.

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 Year 8, girls take part in ‘Take you daughters to work day’ and 'City Girls in Science Day', during which last year students took part in STEM based engineering workshops at Imperial and UCL. 

Careers Award

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. CLSG obtained the award in February 2018.


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 Pym, Assistant Head of Careers.