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Year 12 Work Placements

April 4th, 2017

Slaughter & May employees helping Year 12s with their applications

As well as providing a world class education in the classroom, Central Foundation is dedicated to ensuring every pupil who leaves has a pathway to employment or further education through the Central Futures team.

On 10th January, Slaughter and May held a information session for Year 12 students about their work placement opportunities. 25 students attended the session to discover what experience is available to them over the Easter and summer holidays, how they can apply and how it can give them an advantage in both applying to universities and gaining employment. Slaughter and May are a leading international law firm who have worked closely with the school for a number of years.

The information sessions saw the 25 students rotate between tables of professionals from various teams such as legal, accounts, human resources, IT, business development and commercial/facilities to hear more about the placement roles on offer and ask questions. All interested students will have the opportunity to take part in a CV workshop as well as an interview skills workshop before applying for roles with a cover letter and CV. The recruitment process and placement is designed to help students develop the skills and experience they need to access both university and employment, and make a success of the opportunity.

The Year 9 and ear 13 artists in Rainham, next to the RSPB centre

14 artists from Year 9 and two sixth formers visited Rainham Marshes on 10 March as part of a project with the Wellcome Collection gallery.

During February, the Art Department won a competition to work with the Wellcome Collection around their current year-long exhibition Making Nature. In the next few months, artists from Years 9 and 13 will be working with the gallery and artist Verity-Jane Keefe. Throughout the next few months there will be a number of trips and workshops organised by the Wellcome Collection, concluding with pupils’ work being featured in the second part of the Making Nature exhibition.

Some of the artists taking photographs and sketches of the juxtaposition of nature and industry

The group of artists visited the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ (RSPB) nature reserve in Essex. An RSPB worker gave them a tour of the reserve and explained to them how the man-made reserve attempts to recreate nature. This gave the artists an unusual perspective on the theme of Making Nature and made them think about how it will not be just their artwork that makes nature, but also that it can reflect other methods of making nature.

The project will continue with a series of workshops at the school by Keefe and visits to the Making Nature exhibition.

For more images from the day, see our gallery or click here.

Business Mentoring

March 16th, 2017

Undergraduates from Cass Business School with sixth form students


Starting in the first week of March, mentors from Cass Business School began weekly meetings with sixth form students to help guide them in their vocational work.

Cass Business School, the business school for the University of London, is ranked in the top 40 business schools in the world. As part of a new partnership scheme between that school and Central Foundation, they will be providing second year undergraduate students for weekly one-to-one mentoring sessions with vocational students in the sixth form.

The mentors will give weekly one-to-one support to students


The support, which has been organised by the Central Futures team, is intended to partner mentors with mentees to specific, task-focussed challenges in their course. The mentors will help the vocational students transition from working in the classroom to working into the world of work and higher education.

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