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 Careers Statutory Guidance 2018 

Statutory Guidance 2018 places schools under a duty to secure access to independent careers guidance for their pupils in school years 7-11. Careers guidance secured under the new duty must adhere to the Gatsby Benchmarks which are a result of the report by Sir John Holman.

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal Guidance.

Headteachers, school staff and governing bodies must have regard to this statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State in exercising their functions under this section.

Schools have a role to play in supporting their pupils to make well informed and realistic decisions by providing access to impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of education and training options that are most likely to help young people achieve their ambitions. This information has become increasingly important as young people are now required to participate in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 18.

In fulfilling their new duty, Notre Dame School will secure access to independent face-to-face careers guidance where it is the most suitable support for young people to make successful transitions, particularly children from disadvantaged backgrounds Notre Dame School will consider a range of wider careers activities such as engagement with local employers and work-based education and training providers to offer all young people insights into the world of work and with local colleges and universities for first-hand experience of further and higher education. This will include mentoring, workplace visits, work experience, work shadowing, enterprise events, employer talks and links with higher education institutions.

The Statutory Guide for Careers Education in line with Section 42a and Section 45a of the Education Act 1997 states that schools must secure independent careers guidance for young people. Notre Dame School employs an independent careers advisor, Debra Bean, who comes into school one day a week to work with students.

The duty of schools is to expand advice and guidance for young people so that they are inspired and motivated to fulfill their potential. Pupils should have high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers.

Notre Dame School in line with the statutory advice and guidance has sustained contacts with employers, mentors and coaches who can inspire pupils to fully achieve their potential.

We work in partnership with local employers and other education and training providers like colleges, universities and apprentice providers ensuring that pupils benefit from experience of the world of work to help them make decisions about education and training options.

Careers Guidance is about inspiration and aspiration. Contacts with employer networks, FE Colleges, HE institutions, mentors, alumni or other high achieving individuals can motivate pupils to aim higher and consider wider ranges of education and career options.

Work Experience plays an important role in encouraging and inspiring students to aim higher giving them a taste of the world of work.

Year 10 students in school go out on placement for two weeks in the summer term. Students are encouraged to ask for help from family and friends to secure a placement. The school offers workshops for curriculum vitae writing and work experience preparation helping students prepare for their placements.

All students are helped and supported while finding a placement and all students are visited on their placements by a member of staff. We ensure that students are given the opportunity to be successful on their placements.

If you have any queries about Careers or Work Experience please contact Teresa Crowley via  office@notredame.southwark.sch.uk on telephone 0207 261 1121 

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Next review: January 2020

Organised by Careers 2018/19

Year 11

Bristows Mentoring Scheme for 32 students
Bristows Language Mentoring Programme
Bronze Crest Awards for 12 students who took part in the MACE Virtual Café Building Project
Christ the King Assembly
Coin Street mentoring and tutoring programme for 6 students
Dine ‘N’ Discuss Speed Networking Event
James Frater Assembly
Identity Art Project sponsored by Contemporary Applied Artists with Robert Cooper
Making the Leap Social Mobility event entertainment by 3 students
NCS Programme with The Challenge for 44 students
Next Step Evening 
One to One interviews with Careers Advisor
Reggie Dabbs Assembly
St Francis Xavier College PSHE Lessons & Assembly
Science Museum trip for Space Project
Southwark Legal Service at Southwark Cathedral Stewarding Duties
STEP Booklets
Stones End Day Centre Christmas Bags Project with 11J
Subject Matters Course at Cambridge University
What If sessions held by Debra Bean Careers Advisor   
YTA Youth Leader Awards for 10 students for their work on the Youth Travel Ambassadors Project

Year 10
Careers Session with Ian Powell from Tuckers Solicitors
Cookery Demonstration in Food Technology lesson
CV Writing Sessions with Making the Leap
MACE Open Day Event at UCH with 5 students
Mentoring Programme with Standage
One to One interviews with Careers Advisor
Reggie Dabbs Assembly
20 students to The School of Oriental and African Studies for University Day
15 students trained as Southwark Young Pilgrims
STEP Booklets
Vertical City Showcase at the Shard for 15 students
Mentoring programme for 25 students with Word Bank
Work Experience Preparation Day with one to one interviews for all Year 10 students with employability sessions in form classes
121 students on Work Experience placements for two weeks

Year 9
ACM Project to talk to students about access to medicine courses
Sally Boyle from Goldman Sachs Assembly
Bristows Solicitors Mentoring programme for 30 students
Fast Tomato Careers Programme Sessions
Fieldfisher Employability Visit for 20 students
Fire Brigade talk for 9J & 9M
Hilton Bankside Taster Day for 12 students
Identity Art Project sponsored by Contemporary Applied Artists with Robert Cooper
Kings College Exam Equip Day for 22 students
Kings College Careers Carousel for 22 students – one full day at Kings and 6 after school sessions
Kings College Graduation for 18 students
Livery Company Showcase at The Guildhall for 25 students
London South Bank University Sports Science workshops for the whole year group
Making the Leap University Event with 25 students
Oxford University Trip for 15 students
Rambert Dance workshop for students at Sadlers Wells
Science Museum trip for Space Project
Southwark Business Alliance Employability workshops for 100 students
STEP Booklets

Year 8

Army STEM Day with 12 students at the Army Museum
Black History Month event at The House of Commons with 1 student
Identity Art Project sponsored by Contemporary Applied Artists with Robert Cooper
International Day of the Girl at the Southbank Centre with 8 students
Kings Scholars Design a University Day
Kings Scholars Spring up School for 3 days 
Kings Scholars Subject Love Letter Competition
Science Museum trip for Space Project
Shine Project with 10 students over 6 weeks
STARS Award Ceremony with 2 students
STEM Club after school with Technopreneurship for 12 students
STEP Booklets
10 students attended Teentech at The Emirates Stadium
Youth Travel Ambassadors programme for 10 students

Year 7
Feed the World Photographic Exhibition with 7J
Launch of Kings Scholars Programme involving 25 students lasting for 3 years
Kings College Taster Day
Kings College Study Skills workshops after school for 6 weeks
London South Bank University Psychology workshops for the whole year group
Man Group Employability Day with 25 students
Rambert Dance Project with 7C – this included a visit to Rambert, a professional dancer working with the form for 6 lessons and students performed at Rambert
Reggie Dabbs Assembly
Trip to Worshipful Association of Salters for 25 students
STEP Booklets


Good News

All schools careers programmes now have to achieve eight Gatsby Benchmarks which were introduced after the report written by Sir John Holman in 2014 commissioned by the Rowntree Foundation, after there were serious concerns about the delivery of careers in school. One of the recommendations of the report was that all schools should have a qualified careers leader. Teresa Crowley successfully passed the course in July 2019 and is now a Level 6 Accredited Careers Leader.

We are very proud to announce that Nine Year 11 students have been awarded a Student Leadership Accreditation Bronze Award for their work on the Youth Travel Ambassador Scheme, the students were:

Merdie Akulu, Leonie Angol, Eternal Rose Ashford,
Monet Castillo, Diana Coelho Domingues, Sharlene Fajamisin, Maxine Kamara,
Nayeli Ronacles Zabala and Hannan Zoubir
The students ran successful campaigns including: a design an oyster card competition, an obstacle course competition to show how students are distracted when using mobile phones and wrote and recorded a rap song called 'Left and Right' about crossing the road.
The Newcommen Collett Foundation very kindly gave the careers department a grant this year which enables us to support the Year 10 students prior to going out on work experience.
We are very grateful to the Worshipful Association of Saddlers who have very kindly supported the work of the Careers Department this year. We appreciate their support and continued generosity towards the school.
Ten students who took part in the project with the Worshipful Company of Saddlers had their work from ‘The Echoes across the Century’ put forward to the ‘Never Such Innocence Poetry, Art and Song Competition’ and certificates of commendation were awarded to:
Chantae Bambury, Fatima Bangura, Makafui Etsey, Ella Hamilton, Alesha Ibeji
Ezinne Ike, Kumba Kabba, Chiara Kon, Janine Koroma & Emily Marial.
Congratulations all the students involved
Eleven students who worked on project with MACE Construction were awarded Bronze Crest Awards. Students designed a virtual café working weekly with professionals from the construction industry who would have been involved in the building project including architects, interior designers, sustainability experts and project managers. The students worked with students from St Saviours and St Olave school to design and equip the café, working out all the measurements, legal requirements and how to equip and design the café to make it attractive to customers.
The students worked on the project over 12 weeks spending time at St Saviours and hosting their students here, students were dedicated and hard working. At the end of the project the students presented their designs to a group of professionals from MACE who were very impressed with the work produced. The students were:
Merdie Akulu, Fatima Bangura, Nicole Costa, Fejiro Digba, Delina Haile, Alesha Ibeji, Marvellous Ijeomah Orji, Julia Motocho, Aysia Mullings, Prada Squire, Davina Tetteh and Johanna Tewolde.


Reggie Dabbs

As part of the Hillsong Youth Project we were very fortunate to have a guest speaker Reggie Dabbs come into school three times this year to talk to Year 7, 10 & 11 students in assembly. Reggie is an inspirational speaker who comes to Britain three times a year to hold a school tour. He will over the course of a week visit eleven schools and we were honoured to host him at Notre Dame.
Reggie was born in Tennessee to a young sixteen year old who already had three children and was living in a chicken coop, she was taken in by her English Teacher at school Mrs Dabbs and eventually he was adopted by the family after his mother left with his two sisters and brother. Reggie talks about his struggles in at school and how he also struggled with his feelings as he felt unwanted.
Reggie plays the saxophone and played us some wonderful songs and we all had a good sing a long – he was an inspiration. such a moving story but showing us how we never know what people are going through but always striving to achieve and do our best.


Shine Project – Year 8

We were fortunate to have 10 students take part in a six week Shine Programme with volunteers from the Hillsong Youth project.
The personal development programme is a group mentoring scheme that uses an inspirational practical approach to learning for girls. Over the six weeks the students reflected on themselves in a variety of ways, taking part in team games, group discussions and learning how to look after yourself including learning how to do hand massages!


On Tuesday 14th May eighteen Year 7 students went along to the Man Group Financial Workshop. We started the day with a welcome from the president of the group Jonathan Sorrell.
Students were given a bank balance of £500 and they had to try to increase the amount by taking part in activities such as playing darts, playing cards, doing exercise, building towers and taking part in money making risk taking games.
We had four session of trading with talks about finances and advice on how to manage our money. Domonique Dawkins amassed the highest amount of money and won a box of cupcakes.



The SJ Garden
Students have been working hard in the garden again this year and the summer saw a display of sunflowers. We are very grateful to Southwark Council Community Fund which gave us a grant of £300 to enable us to buy plants and also put a fence up to stop other students treading on the plants. The students are now hoping to visit other gardens in the area to get more ideas of how to develop our garden. 

Enterprise Advisor
As part of a scheme set up by The Mayor of London to support the delivery of Careers in schools we have been linked to an Enterprise Advisor. This is a volunteer from the world of business who works with the careers department to look at ways of improving and enhancing the careers programme in school.
We are very fortunate to have been linked with Sujatha Alexander who is an HR Director for a charity.

We were fortunate to be united to Fieldfisher solicitors who are based in Lower Thames Street one of their main clients is Pfzier Pharmaceuticals so the event was a careers session around Law and STEM. (Science Technology, Engineering and Maths). We were welcomed to Fieldfisher by Alison Dennis one of the senior partners at Fieldfisher.

The day started with a panel discussion – the panel talked about their careers and career pathways showing how different people take different paths in their careers. The discussion finished with a question and answer session.

The students then had a talk from student ambassadors who were studying at Kingston University – they talked about life as a student, ‘A’ Level choices, their journey to university and day to day life at university. The students then split into groups and took part in a speed networking event they moved around the room and spoke to professionals from a range of careers.

Fieldfisher very kindly supplied lunch and then we went out onto their balcony on the 9th floor to look over London which was great! The event was a wonderful opportunity for us to meet with successful women and we are very grateful to Fieldfisher Solicitors especially Jay Wetterau who organised the visit.


Kings Scholars
We are very fortunate now to have three Kings Scholars Schemes running in school in total there are seventy five students involved in the programme which supports students over three years giving them opportunities and access to university life. 

Year 9 students this year have taken part in a Careers Carousel; they spent a day at Kings College taking part in a session with Learning Performance who showed them examination revision tips and study skills using different skills. This was a great session which explained how key items and objects can be triggers for the memory.

The Year 9 students then had a five week after school club which each week focused on different careers including, Medicine, Law, The Civil Service, The Creative Industry, Finance and Technology with IT. The sessions were run by student ambassadors and we followed a workbook written by Kings College Widening Participation Department. The club was a great success and the careers information, guidance and advice was extremely helpful as Year 9 students prepare to choose their GCSE options.

Year 9 Graduation

Students went along to the Strand Campus on the 18th July to graduate from the Kings Scholars Programme – the students had enjoyed the experience and it was amazing how quickly the time passed!

Year 8
This year the students have taken part in a Design a University Day which saw them designing a university creating a history, setting up marketing programmes and establishing student societies. They also spent three days in May at Kings College taking part in a Spring up School which saw them studying alternative subjects such as Law, Politics, English Literature and Alternative Sciences. Students were taught by lecturers from the university

Year 7

The Year 7 students this year had a university taster day on Thursday 18th January. Twenty five students who will now be part of a three year programme spent the day at Kings College Campus in the Strand. They took part in activities including creating a university society they also learnt sign language – all learning how to sign their names.

On Saturday 29th June Year 7 students who are part of the Kings Scholar Programme and their parents were invited to spend the day at the Strand Campus of Kings College. Teresa also took part in a very interesting and informative day which was split into two programmes, one for adults and one for students. There was a series of workshops around going to university, a visit to the Courtauld Art Gallery, taster sessions and a campus tour. There was also a very tasty lunch provided!

We were very lucky to have been offered the chance to take part in a project with Rambert Dance Company; this is sponsored by Coin Street Community Centre.

The students went along to an introductory day on the 12th December; we had a tour of their new building. We saw all their wonderful facilities and we allowed into the costume department and allowed to handle all the clothes. We watched the company rehearsing ballet - there are 20 full time dancers in the company. The afternoon was then spent working with a choreographer, the students did different types of dance including salsa and contemporary, they were also taught how to stretch and warm down.

A professional dance teacher Delene Gordon then came into school for 6 double lessons to teach the students a dance routine which they then preformed in front of invited guests at the Rambert Dance studios. This was a wonderful opportunity and we are very grateful to Coin Street for their continued support.

A group of Year 9 students were then invited to take part in a dance workshop on the stage at Sadlers Wells on Saturday 9th May, the students learnt the dance routine that the professionals performed daily, and there was also a question and answer session with dance professionals including the chief choreographer.


As part of the Peabody Festival of Opportunities during half term a group of Year 11 students organised an event in school. This was called Dine ‘N’ Discuss, professionals came into school to hold a speed networking event with students.

The evening started with an Ice Breaker game called Professional Bingo where students had to find someone who had the same job as listed on their bingo card. This was won by Simi Ogunsola who won a box of biscuits.   

The session then started and students spent time with every professional in the room, they moved around the hall talking to all the female volunteers – this was strictly timed by Mrs

Clements. We had a teacher amongst the professionals – Miss Hine! The evening was completed with a lovely buffet with more networking. All the volunteers were given a gift and a mug filled with sweets.

The Year 11 students who organised the event were, Ashante Foster, Ella Hamilton, Alesha Ibeji, Roxanne Ifill, Marvellous Ijeomah Orji, Maxine Kamara, Chiara Kon, Emily Melzer and Nayeli Roncales Zabala who all will be awarded OCR Accreditations in Project Management. The event was a great success!

Peabody also sponsored a project for the SJ Group; students were studying the solar system so we went along to the science Museum to visit the space exhibitions. Peabody very kindly supplied a mini bus for the students and paid for lunch at the museum. We visited the space exhibition learning about the Apollo Moon Landings and where able to purchase some books to use back in school.

The students then created wonderful space creatures with Robert Cooper a visiting artist who we have worked with before, Robert was sponsored by Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery in Southwark Street. The students work was then displayed in the gallery and we were all invited around for refreshments we are very grateful to the CAA for their continued support.

Southwark Young Pilgrims

Fifteen Year 10 students were trained as Southwark Young Pilgrims during the Easter holidays they spent a week attending classes learning about the history of Southwark this included walking around the area getting to know all the attractions 

The students were split into three groups who then worked on a stand at London Bridge helping tourists, handing out leaflets and giving directions. They also all completed a First Aid certificate. The project is sponsored by The London Bridge Experience, City Cruises, Borough Market, Big Bus Tours, The Golden Hinde, the Monument, The Tower Bridge Exhibition and The Clink Museum.

Southwark Legal Service
Five students who were trained as Southwark Young Pilgrims acted as stewards at the Southwark Legal Service in Southwark Cathedral on Tuesday 6th November. The students were: Marie Lyss Lecourt, Temi Odunuga, Larissa Oviawe, Diadem Uansohia &  Destiny Vinton                                     

The legal service was a celebration of the legal services in Southwark. We were invited by Judge Roger Chapple who was the former Honorary Recorder of Southwark. The students were welcoming guests and members of the legal profession and escorting them to their allocated seats.

The Judges Processions included The Borough Commander of Police, the Senior Coroner for Southwark, the Chief Magistrate for England and Wales and many other senior figures from the Legal world. The students also took the collection which will be split between the Southwark Young Pilgrims and The Beyond Food Foundation which supports vulnerable adults to gain meaningful employment. We had an old friend of the school Sir Simon Hughes sitting with us and he complimented the students on their behaviour. The Bishop of Croydon the right Reverend Jonathan Clark was very welcoming and was impressed by the students and the way they presented themselves. 

Vertical City Showcase

The day started with a welcome from James the General Manager from the hotel, who told us that the hotel employed 440 people from 30 different countries.

The students took part in activities around The Shard which included:

Bed Marking Challenge – In the Shangri La Hotel
Café Latte Challenge - Gather & Gather
Prepared Mocktails - in the Oblix Restaurants
Cooking Activity – in the Shangri La Kitchen 

We did the bed making challenge in the Shangri Lai suite which has 14 rooms and costs £15,000 per night to stay in and comes with its own butler! We had a wonderful day which showed many different careers that you could following Hospitality and Catering, the day also showed how one route into the industry was apprenticeships.

We had a lovely lunch on the 35th floor of the Shard in the Shangri Lai restaurant.

The day was sponsored to by the Worshipful Company of Cooks and The Worshipful Association of Innholders. We were very grateful to Springboard for organising the event.


Hilton – Bankside

On Monday 24th June the students who are going to study Hospitality and Catering as a GCSE Option next year were invited to The Hilton Bankside for a Taster Day and to see what careers and opportunities there are in the hotel industry.

We were welcomed by Raoul De Silva the General Manager who talked about his background and about how many different jobs there are at the Hilton. There are 220 employees, 292 guest rooms, a ballroom, 11 meeting rooms, the Oxbo restaurant and a swimming pool with a Spa. We had a tour of the hotel seeing how the employees all work as a team and how many people it took to run each day. We met so many different employees, the pastry chef, HR Advisor, Customer Services Manager and many others.

When the hotel was being built there was a fox that was living on the site so the hotel has taken the theme of foxes and we completed a fox trail around the hotel looking for 49 foxes!

We completed activities - decorating cupcakes and taking part in a bed making challenge. We were also given lovely Goodie Bags when we finished. Kerryjoe also won a bag of toiletries for her description of what she thought hospitality was.

Park Plaza Westminster

On Tuesday 10th September twelve Year 9 students went along to the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge and took part in a Taster Day around careers in the hospitality and catering industry. The day started with a talk about careers and how many different types of job there are in the industry and then the day was spent doing fun activities:

Students took part in:

  • a bed making challenge which included making cake decorations out of towels
  • cake topping, cakes were decorated by individual students and then all put together to make one arrangement
  • a memory game – students record orders for the restaurant but not use a note pad
  • students learnt how visitors are checked into the hotel
  • an special event was planned and organised (the hotel took 14 Million pounds in their special events department last year  
  • students also took part in a speed networking event with professionals from a range of careers

The hotel provided a lovely lunch for the students and during the lunch period there was a career fair for the students to visit and then a session on employability skills.



Elmer the Elephant

Elmer the Elephant celebrates his 30th Birthday this year so Lendlease have organised a trail of Elmer sculptures with a partner Wild in Art. There will be trails in London, Plymouth, Newcastle and Ipswich. The trail comprises of 10 elephants, one will be the traditional patchwork Elmer and the others will be designs by local people.

Notre Dame School were fortunate to work with an artist Jenny Leonard in school to design one of the elephants. 

Jenny came into school to get students to think of the Elephant and Castle and draw what it means to them, she worked in 8:1 Art lessons to create the design, then Jenny went off and put all the ideas together and our Elephant was created.The trail of the elephants are around the Elephant and Castle.

Students also had the opportunity to paint small elephants and came up with some great designs. The students involved were:

Adeyosola Adebeso, Mary Adio, Gilda Adu Gyamfi, Rashidah Ajayi, Oluwadasola Akinsola, Akua Amo Hoyte, Justine Barrera Bravo, Crystal Blake, Esther Boateng,Faith Brown, Evelyn Burrows, Esther Cobbinah, Leanne Dorkenoo, Gabriella Ertl, Amy Figueroa Cunha , Christine Fynn, Laura Hack, Lily Hamilton, Jordana Harrison Ivanov, Ciara Kelly Smith, Ebony Kyeremateng, Mariama Mansaray, Katie Nguyen, Daniella Onomor, Aminata Sesay and Fadiyah Tackie

We are very proud of the finished artwork which everyone helped to paint!


As part of the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle a group of Year 10 students visited the new park area to give ideas of what they would like to see included in the new community space. The park can be used by community groups and hopefully will become a real hub for Southwark residents.

NCS – The Challenge

Over the summer forty four Year 11 students were involved in the National Citizens Service funded by the Government and delivered by The Challenge. Students took part in a three week course, which included spending time at a university, going on an outward bound challenge and being placed in a business for a week of work experience. This was an amazing opportunity for the students and a perfect way to          prepare them for college.

International Day of the Girl
The day began with an all-female takeover of the London Eye. We took part in speed mentoring with six professional volunteers. This year we were fortunate to be in a ‘Celebrity’ pod and networked with: Gillian Anderson (Actress), Dawn Butler MP, Julia Gillard (Former Prime Minister of Australia) Justine Greening MP, Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Ruby Wax (TV Presenter). 

We then went into the Festival Hall for a panel discussion hearing from four women:

  • Sabrina Mahfouz – A writer and poet
  • Catherine Mayer – Founder of the Women’s Equality Party
  • Sue Nelson - A Science Writer
  • Julie Spencer – A former actress who is the first Black Director of the Arts Education                                                                                                                 

Students were then split into two groups and took part in two workshops around finding your voice:

  • Strong Voices Singing Workshop with Rebecca Baxter
  • Express Yourself Debating workshop

The students were taught how to use their voice to sing and then learnt and sang the song This Girl is on Fire by Alicia Keys. The day was ended with a DJ set by DJ Kaylee with The Grime Violinist’

The students involved were: Gilda Adu Gyamfi, Faith Agbaje, Sophie Ayinde, Medisha Bundu, Mariama Mansaray  & Angel Otobo

Black History Month

After meeting Dawn Butler MP at the International Day of the Girl Angel Otobo was invited along to an event at The House of Commons. The event was held in honour of Black History Month and Angel read a piece of her written work, a story about a patient waiting for an operation. The event was held in the Office of the Shadow Leader and Angel was introduced to Jeremy Corbyn MP

Making the Leap.

CV Writing Classes
Five volunteers came into school in January with the organisation Making the Leap to run CV writing classes for Year 10 students in preparation for their work experience in July. The volunteers visited for two sessions on Fridays during the PSHE lesson and showed the students how to best write a CV. The sessions also focused on skills needed for employment showing students how to develop these skills. 

Year 10 Interview Day
All Year 10 students participated in an interview day in March held in the library, all students had a one to one interview with a professional in preparation for work experience. Students were allocated time with the volunteers talking about how to conduct yourself on an interview, showing students how to present themselves and give a good first impression. We had fifteen trained volunteers in school from HSBC Bank and Metro Bank and we are very grateful to them for their support. 

Raising University Aspirations Day
On Tuesday 7th November Making the Leap organised an event which brought together universities from all over England in Central Hall Westminster. Twenty five Year 9 students visited the show. Students were able to visit stands and talk to representatives who could give them advice and guidance about going to university and about choosing the right courses. Students came back with lots of information and felt the session was really positive. The universities at the event included, Leeds, Exeter, Kings College and The University of East Anglia. 

Social Mobility Awards
Making the Leap invited students from Notre Dame to entertain the audience at their 2nd Social Mobility Awards at the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square on the 18th October. Venus Whyte and Emily Melzer sang Windmills of your Mind and Ms Hine and Emily played Canon in D by Pacheibel. Ella Hamilton accompanied the students and helped with the music and instruments.

The Master of Ceremonies was Andrew Castle who was very complimentary about the girls saying how great they were! The evening was a great success and the students were great ambassadors for the school.

On the 18th October, seven women who work in construction for Willmott Dixon came into assembly to talk to Year 10 students about the career opportunities in companies such as Willmott Dixon especially for women. There was a good range of careers among the panel, including surveying, project management and design. They were able to talk about their career paths which included apprenticeships.

Willmott Dixon also very kindly sponsored a STEM Club to be held in school, we had three PHD Students from Imperial College who were members of an organisation called Technopreneurship come into school on a Wednesday to do fun activities.

We made bath bombs, solved a murder mystery using forensic science and made DIY batteries. The bath bombs left a lovely smell in the Science lab for days!

The students involved were: Gilda Adu Gyamfi, Rashidah Ajayi, Lily Hamilton, Madonna Jatto, Ebony Kyeremateng, Esosa Momoh, Mary Odeleye, Jessica Oleh, Angel Otobo, Hajah Sesay, Ashanti Stoner and Fadiyah Tackie.

The students really enjoyed the afterschool sessions which were fun!


Subject Matters – Cambridge   

On Saturday 17th November six Year 11 students went to Cambridge to attend an ‘A’ Level subject Matters course this was run by the University of Cambridge and held at the Mill Lane Lecture Rooms.

The day started with a session with student ambassadors who spoke about life as student and gave wonderful information about societies, how to fit in, support offered and general advice about choosing colleges and courses.

We went to a sample lecture about Romeo and Juliet, just a short 30 minute session which gave a rough outline of the story this was delivered by a PHD student at Cambridge

Two admission tutors from Girton College explained that ‘A’ level choices can have an impact on university courses that are open to you – unsuitable choices might restrict your choices and that admission tutors like particular subject combinations. He advised students to use the UCAS website.

They showed the students statistics of how many graduates go onto further study and employment and figures showing how much more money you can earn when you have a good degree. The students were advised to check the UCAS Website for good advice on how to write a personal statement. It was a very interesting and informative day.

Speakers for Schools – Sally Boyle

We were very fortunate in school to host Sally Boyle who is Head of Human Capital Management at Goldman Sachs who have 40,000 staff members around the world. Sally was interviewed by five Year 10 students:

Aaliyah Brown, Ore Lanlehin, Jennifer Mampuya, Shante Mattis and Jane Mills.

The students asked some great questions and Sally talked about her career path, working in a man’s world, her university life and balancing a career with a family (she has 2 sons). Sally was an inspiration to all students and the talk was interesting.

St Anne’s College – Oxford

On the 15th November fifteen students with Ms Hine and Teresa went to visit St Anne’s College in Oxford. We travelled by train and then walked to the college in the Woodstock Road.

We were welcomed by Dr Lucy Busfield the Outreach Officer at St Anne’s College, we had a talk about applying to Oxford, a campus tour, lunch in the Dining Hall and then visited the Natural History museum

During the Campus tour we meet Tortellini who is the college tortoise, she is a champion tortoise after winning the inter college completion race. The museum was very interesting we got to see the exhibitions as well as holding cockroaches!

We are very grateful to St Anne’s College for the invitation.

School of Oriental & African Studies

Twenty students went along to The School of African and Oriental Studies in Russell Square. The day started with an introduction to the university there was a general talk about going to university, finances and how to course a course that inspires you.  

The students then had four taster sessions: International Relations, History, Law and Economics. We had lunch in the Refectory, a tour of the campus and then a question and answer session with student ambassadors.

We Feed the World

We were invited to a photographic exhibition at the Oxo Tower Gallery called We Feed the World. This was an exhibition of photographs that celebrated farmers across the globe. It was a celebration of world renowned photographers, farming communities and farmers movements.

The students completed a worksheet about how small famers contribute to the world food levels and showed farmers from all over the world.

We also took part in a workshop about the economic and social cost of a chocolate bar run by Trading Visions

Teentech 2019

On Tuesday 1st May Ten Year 8 students went to the Teentech 2019 event at the Emirates Stadium. Teentech is a one day event set up to help teenagers see the wide range of career possibilities in Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths.

Teentech was founded in 2008 by Maggie Philbin and Chris Dodson to help young people understand their true potential and the see the real opportunities available in the contemporary STEM workplace.

Six hundred pupils from thirty different schools benefitted from hands on exhibits and challenges run by leading organisations. The students visited stands run by Creative Skills Set, Atkins, Barclays, GSK, The Army and JVC Kenwood. The students used virtual reality headsets to welder, played with a computer graphics game that drove a car and built a dome.

Salters Layers of London

On Tuesday 16th October nineteen Year 7 students went along to the Worshipful Association of Salters for a workshop called The Layers of London.

The session started with a talk about SALT and how the Salters were established, we then went into the archives to see the history of the association, we saw documents that went back to the Great Fire of London, and one deed had been burnt in the fire when the hall was damaged by the fire. We did an archaeological dig when we discovered items that have been found in digs in London including Roman oil lamps, coins, jewellery, china and metal items. The students dug with brushes and small spades just as the archaeologists would do, with care not to damage the finds.

We then spent time looking at the remains of the original London Wall we measured how tall and long it was and completed a worksheet about the changes the wall has undergone. The Salters Hall is an amazing building which has artefacts, pictures and furniture that have a marvellous history. We are very grateful to the Salters for the visit especially Sheila and Noel who were our guides.

Ian Powell a solicitor from Tuckers Solicitors came into school to talk to students about a career as a solicitor, he brought along two work experience students who are on placement with Tuckers and they were both able to tell us about their life experiences about ‘A’ Level choices, going to university and their future plans. Favour Unadike was fortunate to have a work placement with Tuckers in July.  

YTA Campaign Junction
The Youth Travel Ambassadors went along to London Transport Headquarters at St James Park to take part in a Dragons Den Competition to win funding for their next campaign. The campaign this year is around students not being considerate to others whilst travelling on public transport.  

The students took part in an interactive assembly will be taking part in assemblies in our school and St Georges Primary using an obstacle course to show the difference in the obstacle course concentrating then being distracted sending a text message.

STARS Bronze Award

On November 29th two students, Shania Mignott and  Malinah Kamara who are both Junior Travel Ambassadors went along to an awards ceremony at the Oval to collect our Bronze Award for the STARS project, we are now working towards the silver and Gold awards. This is a project which recognizes the schools commitment into the Mayor of London’s travel plan and being a healthy school.

11J Christmas Bags

11J and Ms Sawyerr collected money throughout the term which enabled them to make a Christmas Bag for the elderly at Stones End Day Centre – we made 25 bags which were given to the members on Thursday 20th December as part of their Christmas celebrations.

Each bag contained: sweets, chocolates, biscuits, hot chocolate sachets, a Christmas cracker and Christmas card signed by everyone in the form. Teresa and five students who represented the form visited the centre to drop off the bags

We continue in school to have two mentoring schemes with Bristows Solicitors matching mentors with students in Years 9 & 11, there is a total of sixty students who take part in the scheme. Mentors come into school once a month and work in small groups in the library. We are very grateful to Bristows for their continued support of the school.

Year 10 have also started two new mentoring schemes with Wordbank and Standage we have 14 new mentors who are coming in once a month to work with 30 students helping them with work experience applications, CV writing, exam revision skills and study skills.


Southwark Education Business Alliance came into school in May to deliver workshops for Year 9 students prior to their GCSE Option Meetings. The sessions were focused around Briggs Meyer’s tests to access a student’s skills and abilities so showing them careers they would be suited for. Students had fun playing with playdoh coming up with some wonderful models and showing their creativity.

London South Bank University

We have been fortunate in having visiting academics from London South Bank University visiting the school to deliver sessions to the Year 7 & Year 9 students. The visitors came into the Year classes to deliver experiments about the brain sending mixed messages when simple things are changed. We played simple games which confused our brains, such as laying down and holding each other slowly lowering our friends to give a sensation of falling.

Year 9 Sessions were based around Human Movement Sciences this was showing how using prisms can distort our vision but how our eyes adapt. Students threw bean bags and balls, the prism in the glasses they wore made the throwing go off to one side, and neurotransmissions in the brain were affected by the prisms.