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November 22nd, 2017

Sixth Formers took turns interviewing each other for the workshop

Central Foundation provides guidance and helps students secure a pathway they wish to take through further education, employment and apprenticeship. In early November a professional camera crew visited the school to record stock footage of interviews, giving the Sixth Formers a chance to practice and watch back job interviews.

The camera crew spent two hours with Year 12 during their enrichment sessions – periods of time dedicated to learning life-skills and activities. The students were given job titles and company names by the camera crew and then had to assume the role of either the interviewer or the applicant.

The exercise of swapping roles between being interviewed and asking the questions meant they not only had practice in having job interviews, but thought more critically what kinds of questions an interviewer would ask and the answers they want to hear. As the interviews were recorded, it gave students the opportunity to watch the interviews back and evaluate their own performances in interviews.

A-level biologists taking field samples in Epping Forest

Over two weeks in September, A-level biologists visited Epping Forest in Essex to further their studies.

The two-day field trip to Greater London’s largest open space saw the students learn a variety of techniques used by ecologists to sample habitats, collect data and analyse trends. On the first day they used systematic sampling to investigate the correlation between soil compaction and the abundance of grass.

On their second day, they paid particular attention to pollarded trees which are a feature of Epping Forest. They are useful as they become a habitat for a range of species.

They returned to the laboratory to analyse the data and were shown different ways that they can put this data together to form a presentation by professional scientists. The field trip gave the students a greater understanding of biology in action and has helped prepared them for their A-level exams next summer.

More photos of the field trip can be seen in the gallery by clicking here.

Slaughter & May tutors advising students on how to write their personal statement

In the third week of September, Year 13 finalised their applications to university with the first Central Futures tutorial of the year.

Central Futures, the school’s team which is dedicated to securing a pathway for all pupils after they leave the school, held its first tutorial session of the year last Wednesday. The session reunited the Year 13s with their tutors from Slaughter & May, a leading international law firm which works in a partnership with the School and the Access Project charity.

In June, tutors were assigned to each of the pupils to help them write their UCAS personal statements and to offer guidance for university applications through weekly sessions in June, July and over the summer. There will be two more sessions held before students submit their applications. Although the UCAS application deadline is in January, Central Futures team ensures all pupils have applied by October so that they can spend the rest of the year focussing on their studies.

In 2017, 82% of Central Foundation Year 13 students went on to university with 65% securing a place at the most selective universities in the country.


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