Futures Evening

To celebrate National Careers Week (6th to 11th March 2017), we invited 16 professionals from industry to give short presentations to our students and parents on Tuesday 7th March 2017 from 5pm to 7pm. Students and their parents from Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 attended this informative event, which inspired our students by providing advice and guidance about their future career path.

Over a 1000 pupils took part in special assemblies on Monday morning 6th March to explore universities and apprenticeships. The special assemblies were delivered by Sandra Baerens, Coventry University and Mark Luxford, Apprenticeship Job Broker from Barking and Dagenham.

futures1All students, during Form PSCHE time, also had the opportunity to discuss career pathways and investigated job profiles from the National Careers Service website. Students looked into which skills and qualifications were need to get into that job, what the work would be like, the average salary you could expect and what the career prospects are. Apprenticeships were also explored.


A big thank you to the following presenters who attended our Futures Evening: Ms C Fyfe: Coventry University; Mr M Goodyear: Thomas Arnold Primary School; Ms K Viscardi: Engineering – London South Bank University; Ms A Ali and Ms E Bonilla: Architecture – Gardiner & Theobald LLP; Ms S Parker / Mr D Crewe: Publishing – Penguin Random House UK; PC Halleron : School based Police officer; Dr K Ahmed: Hermitage Clinic; Mr G Singh: Optometry – National Health Service; Mr C Martin: Project management – VITAL Energi; Mr K Tewari: Commercial Banking – Lloyds Banking Group; Mr J Johnson: London Ambulance Service; Ms A Charles: Management – Diva on a Harley; Ms R Tapp; Volunteering services – Early Help Service.

Thank you to the following colleagues who supported to make this a success: Mr Smith, Mrs Fleming-wood, Mr Adams, Ms Windsor, Mrs Hutchings, Ms Hand, Mr Vannini, Mr Lall, Mrs Mear, Mrs Parkes, Mr Ekwalla, Mr Graffham, Mrs Lyus, Ms Lawless, SLT, Admin, facilities team and our new catering service.

futures2Feedback and comments from some our students include:

“It was amazing and as soon as I got home I went on the websites and was already planning” Chloe


“Futures Evening was very interesting and great. It has really helped me a lot and really helped me in setting my future straight as I want to be a dentist” Chanelle


“The Future evening was very helpful, helping me choose my university” Eduard


Feedback and comments from some of the presenters include:

“I thought this event was well organised and well managed. The children were engaged and thoughtful about their questions.  I thought it worked really well to have the younger children in the sessions too.  It gives them great insight as they start to think about their choices for GCSE and A Levels and helps them make informed decisions already.  Hopefully it also inspires and sparks ideas of what is possible for their future” Alison Charles, Managing Director, Diva on a Harley.


“It was a pleasure to take part in this event. It was very well organised and the students and staff were extremely helpful. It was great that there were refreshments available. The students that were in my group conducted themselves very well and I hope that it benefited them and provided some useful insight into the dental profession” Dr Kamil Ahmed, Hermitage Clinic.


“The students were polite, engaged and attentive during both presentations and we were pleased that they showed interest by asking lots of questions following the presentation. I think the event was well organised, easy going and I particularly liked that we had a ‘buddy’ with us at all times, this made it easy to raise any queries and concerns we might’ve had prior to giving the presentation” Estefania Bonilla, Assistant Surveyor, GARDINER & THEOBALD LLP.

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