The Futures Programme

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 issues. 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.

Staff stories

Dr Rachel Osborne
Director of Careers & Higher Education
Overseeing our comprehensive Futures Programme, to help guide and support pupils on life beyond South Hampstead, Dr Osborne brings a wealth of experience. Her previous jobs include management consultancy, marketing in New York and tracking snow leopards across Siberia as a research scientist. With a MEng from Oxford and a PhD in NanoBioTechnology, she also teaches Physics here.
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