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May 21st, 2018

Open Events dates for September 2018 have been announced, for those looking to apply to start Central Foundation in September 2019.

Open Evening
Thursday 20th September, 6-8pm

Open Mornings
Thursday 27th September, 9:30-10:30am
Friday 28th September, 9:30-10:30am

There is no need to book a place in advance.

Industry professionals led small groups in CV and covering letter discussions

Over the past two weeks, the Central Futures team have been preparing Sixth Formers for the working world with a series of intimate talks with a range of industry professionals.

Last Wednesday, employees of some of London’s leading firms across a range of industries sat down for small group discussions with Year 12s about their career ambitions and to help improve their CVs. The mentors, many of whom have been involved in employment panels, shared their advice regarding what potential employers are looking for on CVs and how best to write covering letters.

While downstairs in The Great Hall focussed on CVs and covering letters, upstairs a series of one-on-one mock interviews were taking place. After identifying which field of industry the students wished to pursue, they were paired with professionals from that field who then conducted an interview with them under working place conditions. For many students it was the first time they have had this experience.

Mentors returned for one-on-one discussions and further evaluation

After the interview they were given feedback on areas to improve. The following week the mentors returned to evaluate updated CVs and covering letters, helping further guide the students.

After a one-on-one masterclass on a Model D, the pupils explored other models


As part of its commitment to the arts, Central Foundation’s Music School takes place before school every morning, with well over 100 pupils participating in free lessons, including  singing and learning to use both modern and classical instruments.

As well as early morning lessons, the Music School offers many opportunities throughout the year to perform and experience music. Last week, in partnership with Restore the Music, five pianists were invited to Steinway & Sons for a piano masterclass and to see behind the scenes of making an instrument. Steinway & Sons are the world’s most prominent piano company, holding a royal warrant of appointment to Elizabeth II, and are a leader in piano innovations.

The musicians were presented with a deconstructed piano to see how the insides of the instrument function

While at the company’s studio near Oxford Street, the pupils watched a piano be deconstructed into its component parts to see how it works. They were also given one-on-one tutorials by Steinway employees in how to utilise the complex and subtle elements of a Steinway piano. They were treated to an intimate masterclass on a Steinway Model D, the first choice piano of most concert pianists around the world.

After one-to-one sessions, the boys were given a brief tour of the studio and allowed to practice on the various models to explore the differences between the designs.