With the pace of change having a huge impact on how and where we work in future, our pupils are well prepared to consider their options for life after South Hampstead. Our Futures Programme provides a comprehensive framework to equip girls for life beyond their school years.
Speaking up and speaking out is encouraged from the earliest years, as is building a strong sense of self. By the time they start at the Senior School, pupils are already building workplace skills, developing their CVs, exploring unusual career options and gaining work experience. The GCSE years begin with attending a careers fair and undergoing psychometric testing with advice from an external careers advisor. Each student is assigned their own internal advisor from the school’s own team of experts to discuss A Level choices and higher education – one-to-one support that continues throughout the GCSE years and into the Sixth Form.
In the Sixth Form, there are many opportunities to explore the workplace via Career Insight Days – taster sessions organised by the Girls’ Day School Trust with leading blue chip companies such as Barclays, Facebook, PwC, Rolls Royce and Siemens. Students also participate in summer schools including The New York Times in the US and STEM courses at Russell Group universities. A termly publication, The Futures Bulletin, keeps parents and pupils up to date on all the activities and salient developments in higher education and careers. Our wonderful community of alumnae regularly come in to give talks across a range of fields as well as offering work experience, mentoring and networking opportunities.
Dr Kate Etheridge
Director of Debating & Public Speaking, Teacher of English
The girls here are so spirited and intellectually curious. They have an opinion on everything and pursue their ideas with such rigour, energy and confidence.
Dr Etheridge champions oracy and the art of debate, organising a wealth of public speaking competitions, including a friendly league with local schools. She recently completed a DPhil in French literature and visual art and oversees Womanities - a popular lunchtime society that explores women’s contribution to art, literature and history.