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Careers, employability and raising aspirations

Careers and employability - raising aspirations

We encourage our students to aim high and we work with all year groups to help pupils acquire the skills they will need to gain employment in their future careers. We have excellent links with world class organisations such as PWC, King and Wood Mallesons, Kings College Hospital, O2, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Theatre.

We have an established mentor scheme which benefits from the fantastic support of our partners PWC, King and Wood Mallesons and Kings Colllege Hospital. We organise visits and talks from a wide range of outside speakers, professionals, authors and artists. All of our Year 10 students complete a week of work experience.

Read on to find some examples of our recent activities to raise aspirations and inspire students. If you have skills or expertise which you could share with our students through a talk, or by offering work experience, please contact Shalene Varcoe at SVarcoe@charter.southwark.sch.uk 

Destinations Week

Our Year 12 students  had a whole week of inspiring talks and workshops last July, to help them prepare for their future destinations in further education, apprenticeships or work. Inspiring lectures were given by Luke Jordan from O2 Marketing Team, Ellie Tennant, an interiors journalist and also the Future Foundation. Our partners from Price Waterhouse Coopers kindly ran financial awareness workshops, and there were workshops on networking, how to write a personal statement and a CV, and how to apply for university through UCAS. Twenty students were able to practice their interview skills with lawyers at King and Wood Mallesons. All students also had the chance to visit a university.

Charter Students at the Bank of England 

Last autumn some A Level Economics students represented the school at the prestigious Target 2.0 competition at the Bank of England. They presented their recommendations to a panel of Bank of England Employees about what should be done to interest rates and quantitative easing in light of national and international economic developments.  The students did particularly well as they were the only year 12 team competing against seven year 13 teams from other schools.  They worked exceptionally hard to research a large range of macroeconomic indicators and pulled together a highly professional presentation.

A woman’s place is………?

Forty Charter School pupils, and 60 other young women from schools across London joined a panel of distinguished professionals to explore their experiences of breaking the glass ceiling, in the typically male dominated industries of business, sport, politics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths). The event was organised by ‘Beyond the Classroom’. Students took over London’s Living Room at City Hall, with the aim of telling the world that 'A Woman’s Place' is... wherever she wants it to be!  As one of the students explained “We heard about how you can succeed in whatever you want if you have determination and perseverance!”

Debate Mate success

Twenty Charter students have been involved in several stages of the ‘Debate Mate’ competition this year. A team of 6 of our students qualified to the finals hosted by Nomura, where they faced teams from 14 other schools. Overall The Charter School Debate Team came 3rd out of 200 schools.

Learning from Business Leaders

Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe and other business leaders joined some of our sixth form students in July to help them prepare for the world of work. Mr Coupe, Adrian Town and Mike Smith of Allied Bakeries, Gareth Fendick of Jordans and Ryvita, and Krystle Siaw of Premier Foods spent the morning running a workshop with students.

Charter students meet Sir David Verey, Philanthropist

This year students in Year 9 and Year 13 met Sir David Verey CBE, a senior adviser at Lazard & Co Bank. Sir David has had an impressive career in the banking sector, is a devoted philanthropist, and passionate supporter of the Arts. He led the incredible efforts to raise funds to build the Tate Modern.Sir David kindly gave us his time and talked about his own education, his career in the financial sector, and his voluntary work. His talk led to a lively debate about which charitable causes students felt were most important to support.

Ryman National Enterprise Challenge

A team of students competed in the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge, and their design and business pitch for ‘The SE London Bag’ came first in the regional round and got through to the national finals.