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 Careers Statutory Guidance 2018 

Statutory Guidance 2018 places schools under a duty to secure access to independent careers guidance for their pupils in school years 7-11. Careers guidance secured under the new duty must adhere to the Gatsby Benchmarks which are a result of the report by Sir John Holman.

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal Guidance.

Headteachers, school staff and governing bodies must have regard to this statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State in exercising their functions under this section.

Schools have a role to play in supporting their pupils to make well informed and realistic decisions by providing access to impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of education and training options that are most likely to help young people achieve their ambitions. This information has become increasingly important as young people are now required to participate in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 18.

In fulfilling their new duty, Notre Dame School will secure access to independent face-to-face careers guidance where it is the most suitable support for young people to make successful transitions, particularly children from disadvantaged backgrounds Notre Dame School will consider a range of wider careers activities such as engagement with local employers and work-based education and training providers to offer all young people insights into the world of work and with local colleges and universities for first-hand experience of further and higher education. This will include mentoring, workplace visits, work experience, work shadowing, enterprise events, employer talks and links with higher education institutions.

The Statutory Guide for Careers Education in line with Section 42a and Section 45a of the Education Act 1997 states that schools must secure independent careers guidance for young people. Notre Dame School employs an independent careers advisor, Debra Bean, who comes into school one day a week to work with students.

The duty of schools is to expand advice and guidance for young people so that they are inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential. Pupils should have high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers.

Notre Dame School in line with the statutory advice and guidance has sustained contacts with employers, mentors and coaches who can inspire pupils to fully achieve their potential.

We work in partnership with local employers and other education and training providers like colleges, universities and apprentice providers ensuring that pupils benefit from experience of the world of work to help them make decisions about education and training options.

Careers Guidance is about inspiration and aspiration. Contacts with employer networks, FE Colleges, HE institutions, mentors, alumni or other high achieving individuals can motivate pupils to aim higher and consider wider ranges of education and career options.

Work Experience plays an important role in encouraging and inspiring students to aim higher giving them a taste of the world of work.

Year 10 students in school go out on placement for two weeks in the summer term. Students are encouraged to ask for help from family and friends to secure a placement. The school offers workshops for curriculum vitae writing and work experience preparation helping students prepare for their placements.

All students are helped and supported while finding a placement and all students are visited on their placements by a member of staff. We ensure that students are given the opportunity to be successful on their placements.

If you have any queries about Careers or Work Experience please contact Teresa Crowley.

Provider Access Statement.pdf

Organised by Careers 2016/17

Year 11
Fit for Exams Study Workshop
Mace Construction Careers session in the Library
Next Step Evening 
One to One interviews with Careers Advisor
Southwark Careers Invention Session  
St Francis Xavier College PSHE Lessons & Assembly
STEP Booklets
Subject Matters Course at Cambridge University
What If sessions held by Debra Bean Careers Advisor  

Year 10
Bristows Mentoring Scheme for 24 students
The Brokerage Working in the City Programme
Careers Session with Ian Powell from Tuckers Solicitors
CV Writing – Making the Leap 
Fantastical Creatures Art Project with Contemporary Applied Artists & SE1 United
Food Matters session with charity sponsors
Noreena Hertz from ITV talk in the library to MAC students
IBM E Mentoring and Employability Sessions
Interserve Mentoring Project
ITV Project 15 students spent 10 weeks on a media project
Learn to Earn Workshop
Livery Art Project ‘Echoes across the Century’ including presentation to HRH Princess Anne the Princess Royal
Ambassador training for livery company project at The Guildhall
2 students on Work Experience at The Guildhall Hall curating the project
2 students attended the Lord Mayors Show
MACE Mechanical Engineering Day
Merrill Lynch/Bank of America Employability Networking Session
One to One interviews with Careers Advisor
Peabody Dine and Discuss careers session at the Hoxton Hotel
Two visits to the Royal Courts of Justice taking part in a mock trial and appeal court hearing
Shell E Mentoring and Employability sessions with 15 students
South Bank Student one to one interviews
15 students trained as Southwark Young Pilgrims
STEP Booklets
St Georges Development talks about Women in Construction
Stones End Day Centre visit for Health and Social Care students
What if Assembly held by Debra Bean Careers Advisor
Work Experience Preparation Day with one to one interviews for all Year 10 students with employability sessions in form classes
127 students on Work Experience placements for two weeks  

Year 9
Air Quality Project visit to The Crystal Building
Mentoring and Inspirational session with Elizabeth Ajagbe
Bristow’s Solicitors Mentoring Project
Christmas Debate at the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Fantastical Creatures Art Project with Contemporary Applied Artists & SE1 United
Fareshare Food Distribution Warehouse Visit
Fast Tomato Careers Programme Sessions
Noreena Hertz from ITV talk in the library to MAC students
International Day of the Girl at the Southbank Centre with 8 students
Livery Schools Link Careers Fair at the Guildhall
Livery Art Project ‘Echoes across the Century’
After School MACE Project with for 12 weeks designing a Virtual café being visited each week by a professional from the construction industry
MACE sessions across the year talking about women in construction
MACE Construction cycle safety session
Making the Leap University Event with 25 students
Open House Project in the City with UBS Bank
Open House Project in the City with Markel
Peabody lunch time link up careers session
Organised a Pedometer Challenge for Years 7, 8 & 9
Fourteen Students were awarded OCN accreditations for Reflective Learning and Progression
Remembrance Day Service at Archbishop Tenison School
Soup making Project at the Borough Market for 23 students
Southwark Council Careers Event at London South Bank University  
St Georges Development Co visit to One Blackfriars
St Georges Medical School Workshops – Radiography and Healthcare Science
St Julies Garden Project with SJ Group
Bronze STARS Accreditation to Youth Travel Ambassadors
STEP Booklets 
Teentech Event at Copper Box Arena Stratford 
Youth Travel Ambassadors Project with 12 students – ran a design an oyster card competition
2 Youth Travel Ambassador Presentation events where students made bids for funding for their projects   

Year 8
Christmas Bags project with Stones End Day Centre
Christmas Debate at the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Food Matters Picnic at Westminster Abbey
Noreena Hertz from ITV talk in the library to MAC students
IBM/Shell STEMENT all day event with 8 students
Kings Scholars Design a University Day
Kings Scholars Spring up School for 4 days 
Kings Scholars Subject Love Letter Competition
Visit to Lendlease site at the Elephant & Castle
Livery Art Project ‘Echoes across the Century’
Ambassador duties at The Guildhall for a visit by the Worshipful Association of Educators
16 Students were awarded OCN Accreditations for their Young Leaders Project
STEP Booklets
Team Ambassadors Volunteer Project 
Teentech Event at Copper Box Arena Stratford
18 students attend WE Day at Wembley

Year 7
Cyberbullying Workshops for all students
Fantastical Creatures Art Project with Contemporary Applied Artists & SE1 United
Launch of Kings Scholars Programme involving 25 students lasting for 3 years
Kings College Taster Day
Kings College Study Skills workshops after school for 6 weeks
Livery Art Project ‘Echoes across the Century’ during Activities Week for 3 students
Making the Future Event at Stratford with 25 students  
STEP Booklets
7M participated in an Art Project with Stones End Day Centre and Pool Reinsurance
7C Easter egg donation day for Stones End  

Good News
Nineteen Year 9 students were awarded OCN Accreditations for Reflective Learning for their work on a lunchtime link up mentoring programme with Peabody.


Reggie Dabbs

As part of the Hillsong Youth Project we were very fortunate to have a guest speaker Reggie Dabbs come in to talk to Year 8 students in assembly. Reggie is an inspirational speaker who comes to Britain three times a year to hold a school tour. He will over the course of a week visit eleven schools and we were honoured to host him at Notre Dame.

Reggie was born in Tennessee to a young sixteen year old who already had three children and was living in a chicken coop, she was taken in by her English Teacher at school Mrs Dabbs and eventually he was adopted by the family after his mother left with his two sisters and brother.

Reggie talks about his struggles in at school and how he also struggled with his feelings as he felt unwanted.

Reggie is a saxophone player who came in and played us some wonderful songs and we all had a good sing a long – he was an inspiration. such a moving story but showing us how we never know what people are going through but always striving to achieve and do our best.

At the end of the session Reggie had a question and answer session and was asked questions about his background which included:

  • had he actually met his Mum – yes 3 years ago
  • did he like ‘In and Out’ burgers - yes he did
  • who was his hero – his answer was the man on the wall behind him – this was Jesus on the cross!


Peter Western Animator
On Thursday March 1st in celebration of World Book Day Peter Western an award winning animator came into school to talk to students from Year 8 in the library.

Peter talked about how he became an animator and what inspired him as a schoolboy to want to follow a creative career. Peter was fortunate he went to a school that encouraged his creative talents and from there he attended St Martins School of Art.

Peter has worked on films such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit where he worked with Steven Spielberg and television series such as Fungus the Bogeyman, Horrid henry and The Snowman and the Snowdog. He showed us examples of his work including advertisements that he had worked on. 

Peter was awarded a Children’s BAFTA in 2016 and he brought his award along with him allowing us all to hold it – it was heavier than it looked! The BAFTA was awarded for his work and for supporting the next generation of artists and animators passing on his skills through lectures and talks.

We also watched his promotional films that introduced the public to the mascots for the London 2012 Olympics Wenlock and Mandeville.

Peter held a question and answer session where we were able to ask questions about his career, life and work.

The talk was very interesting and we were very grateful to Peter for giving up his time to come into school especially on such a cold snowy day!

The SJ Garden

The SJ group has been working hard in the garden this year and for the first time we have a sunflower grown in our garden! They have continued to work hard on the garden the PTA gave the students £151 for plants and the garden is beginning to take shape! We are very grateful to the PTA for their support. 


Enterprise Advisor
As part of a scheme set up by The Mayor of London to support the delivery of Careers in schools we have been linked to an Enterprise Advisor. This is a volunteer from the world of business who works with the careers department to look at ways of improving and enhancing the careers programme in school.
We are very fortunate to have been linked with Sujatha Alexander who is an HR Advisor for a charity.

Echoes Across the Century
Echoes across the Century took place in thirteen different schools resulting in ten projects which were a joint enterprise between livery companies and schools. The project was based around the goods and services supplied by the city livery companies to soldiers fighting in the First World War. The centre piece of our project was a saddle lent to us by the Worshipful Association of Saddlers that actually went the Somme! The saddle was owned by Major Wayling and was used throughout the war.

The project was exhibited at the Guildhall Art Gallery for three months

Six of the students along with Ms Somers the Head of Art, Jane Churchill the Heritage Artist who created the project and Teresa Crowley the Project Manager were invited along to Saddlers Hall to be presented to HRH Princess Royal as part of the Apprentice Awards conducted by the Saddlers.

 We have been very Fortunate to be part of the project and are grateful to the Worshipful Association of Saddlers in particular Patrick Burns, Alison Trupet from the Livery Company Schools Project and Jane Churchill whose enthusiasm and energy drove the project.

Students have had some wonderful opportunities after being involved in the project

  • two students Nicole Mitoraj and Nohran Yinka spent three days on work experience helping to curate the project
  • two students were invited to the Lord Mayors Show by the Worshipful Association of Insurers – Mabel Sodengbe and Erica Aguiar attended and watched the procession
  • five students were taken to The Guildhall to be trained as ambassadors and tour guides
  • students were invited to a presentation evening where they met the Lord Mayor of London Andrew Parmley
  • students were invited to the opening ceremony of the project with the Worshipful Master of the Saddlers

We are very grateful to the Worshipful Association of Saddlers who have very kindly sponsored the Year 10 University trips this year. We appreciate their support and continued generosity towards the school.

The project was funded by the Lottery Heritage Fund.

The students involved in the project all received a souvenir of the official book published about the project this was kindly sponsored by the PTA 

Fifteen students from the Year 10 Media class were invited to take part in a ten week course with ITV Studios, students followed a creative idea and saw how it was made into a television programme and had speakers each week from the stage of the project. We met scriptwriters, commissioning editors, cameramen, lighting professionals, producers, studio mangers and creative editors.

The project was inspirational to see how many professionals work in the Media industry and to be able to see how their jobs work and how everyone has to work together to produce a programme.

The students were split into two groups and filmed magazine segments, one ‘what is hot and what is not’ and one interviewing a celebrity. The students were all given roles on the day of filming and wrote their own scripts!

We filmed the news articles in the This Morning studio sitting on the same sofa as Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

The project was wonderful and we are very grateful to ITV for their time and commitment especially Susie Greenwood who was the facilitator over the 10 weeks.


Two Year 9 students met Pele at the Olympic Park in Stratford as part of the Making the Future exhibition organised by Shell. Josephine Ayodele and Keliss Nesbitt Morgan took part in a competition around Kinetic Energy which saw eight students from four schools run on a kinetic pad to produce energy which converted in time that could be spent shooting goals at a target, we were in a live competition with Lagos. 

The students were given England football strips that they were allowed to keep and signed Brazil shirts from Pele; we were also accompanied on both the rehearsal day and the event by Andy Akinwolere, a former Blue Peter presenter who coordinated the event. The girls had a day they will never forget and Pele is iconic and it was such a privilege to meet him!

Kings Scholars
We are very fortunate now to have three Kings Scholars Schemes running in school in total there are seventy five students involved in the programme which supports students over three years giving them opportunities and access to university life. 

Year 9 students this year have taken part in a Careers Carousel; they spent a day at Kings College taking part in a session with Learning Performance who showed them examination revision tips and study skills using different skills. This was a great session which explained how key items and objects can be triggers for the memory.

The Year 9 students then had a five week after school club which each week focused on different careers including, Medicine, Law, The Civil Service, The Creative Industry, Finance and Technology with IT. The sessions were run by student ambassadors and we followed a workbook written by Kings College Widening Participation Department. The club was a great success and the careers information, guidance and advice was extremely helpful as Year 9 students prepare to choose their GCSE options.

The Year 9 students also took part in a Careers Day where they had visiting speakers from Fieldfisher Solicitors and a carousel of careers from which they had to select one career to make an presentation in the form of a television advertisement. The students did presentations about medical careers, careers in the music industry and media, the presentations were amazing!

This year the Year 8 students have taken part in a Design a University Day which saw them designing a university creating a history, setting up marketing programmes and establishing student societies. They also spent four days in May at Kings College taking part in a Spring up School which saw them studying alternative subjects such as Law, Politics, English Literature and Alternative Sciences. Students were taught by lecturers from the university and spent four days working in groups with student ambassadors including Josephine Agyemang who was a former student of this school

The Year 7 students this year had a university taster day on Thursday 18th January. Twenty five students who will now be part of a three year programme spent the day at Kings College Campus in the Strand. They took part in activities including creating a university society they also learnt sign language – all learning how to sign their names.

On Saturday 1st July Year 7 students who are part of the Kings Scholar Programme and their parents were invited to spend the day at the Strand Campus of Kings College. Ms Hine and Teresa also took part in a very interesting and informative day which was split into two programmes, one for adults and one for students. There was a series of workshops around going to university, a visit to the Courtauld Art Gallery, taster sessions and a campus tour. There was also a very tasty lunch provided!

Southwark Young Pilgrims
Fifteen Year 10 students were trained as Southwark Young Pilgrims during the Easter holidays they spent a week attending classes learning about the history of Southwark this included walking around the area getting to know all the attractions 

The students were split into three groups who then worked on a stand at London Bridge helping tourists, handing out leaflets and giving directions. They also all completed a First Aid certificate.

The project is sponsored by The London Bridge Experience, City Cruises, Borough Market, Big Bus Tours, The Golden Hinde, the Monument, The Tower Bridge Exhibition and The Clink Museum.

Unfortunately the summer programme was cancelled due to the major building works at London Bridge which lead to concerns about safety after the incident at London Bridge earlier in the year.

Southwark Legal Service
Five Year 11 students who trained as pilgrims in the Easter holidays were invited to help at the Southwark Legal Service Celebration at Southwark Cathedral on Monday 6th November.

The students acted as stewards welcoming the visitors and distinguished guests. The service was for the installation and induction of her Honour Judge Usha Karu as Honorary recorder of Southwark.

The students were all complimented on their manners, appearance and dedication. 

Twelve Year 9 students took part in a project with St Saviours and St Olave School with MACE Construction. The project was run after school each Wednesday, some of the classes were held at St Saviour’s School and some were held here, the aim of the project was to design a virtual café.

The students were fortunate to have a professional visitor each week, someone from the construction industry who helped the students to design their café. Each week the students focused on an area of the project that was in line with a professional project, we had visits from an architect surveyor, feasibility study manager and sustainability officer. We also went on a site visit to their Newington Butts site.

Mechanical Engineering Day
Three students were invited to an event at Mace Headquarters which focused on careers around mechanical engineering; the students heard talks from professionals including an engineering apprentice and then visited a Mace site.

There was a competition set over the day to complete a work book and Audrey Roua won an n IPAD! 

Learn to Earn
Thirteen year 10 students took part in an employability workshop in the Library on Friday 9th February. The programme was delivered by Young Enterprise and was sponsored by companies from the City of London. We started the day designing our dream lifestyles, we then found our dream jobs and had to reassess our budgets. We played a careers game which lead us down three pathways – apprenticeships, training and degree. We finished the day with practice interviews, some of us where employers looking for staff and the others were employees looking for jobs. It was a great day!

International Day of the Girl
Six students spent the day at the International Day of the Girl at the Southbank. The day started with a speed networking event on the London Eye, six mentors spent time with the students discussing their careers and giving advice on how to succeed in life. Each pod on the London Eye was named after an inspirational woman our pod was named after Maryam Mirzkhami – an Iranian Mathematician who was the first woman to win the Fields Medal.

We then attended a panel discussion by four young women who had all started campaigns exposing issues affecting young people. Students were then split into groups and took part in two works RADA in business and Nelly Rose Zine Making.

In the RADA workshops students took part in voice workshops and the Rose Zine Making students made a magazine which celebrated the achievements of thirty one different women. The day was organised by Jude Kelly Artistic Director at The Southbank Centre who also gave a talk about the role of women today.

Apprenticeship Talks
Education and Employers a charity came into school on two occasions to deliver an assembly about apprenticeships to Year 10 & Year 11. Aisling Ledwith gave an introduction to Apprenticeships explaining the difference in the levels of apprenticeships, how to apply for apprenticeships, which companies now offered them and the vacancies available in this area.

WE Day
Eighteen Year 7 students went to Wembley Arena for WE Day which is a celebration of volunteering encouraging young people to take action in their communities, solving problems and fundraising.

WE was compared by Yasmin Evans, Becca Dudley and Laura Whitmore who introduced musical acts Sarah Ikumu, Tokio Myers, Alexandra Burke and the Kenyan Boys Chior with The Tenors.

They were inspirational speakers over the course of the day we listened to Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, the actress Lily Collins who spoke of being bullied, the TV Presenter and entrepreneur Katie Piper who told her story of having to come back from having acid thrown in her face by an ex boyfriend.

A young man called Callum Lynch who spent his life in care in Scotland told us how he turned his life around gaining a degree at Strathclyde University and a scholarship to Harvard University.

We heard a story from Musharaf Asghar who was born with a terrible stutter and communicated by writing notes because he was so embarrassed, his life was transformed when a teacher at his new secondary school - Mr Burton helped him, he showed him that he needed to believe in himself to overcome his condition. 

Spencer West who is a speaker who lost both his legs as a child who has overcome his disability interviewed Sophia Grace who talked of her life as a ‘You Tuber’ and talked about the importance of continuing her studies and getting good GCSE’s.

Shakii a poet gave a performance – one of his poems about a life of crime

The day was inspirational and entertaining! 

Making the Leap.

CV Writing Classes
Five volunteers came into school in January with the organisation Making the Leap to run CV writing classes for Year 10 students in preparation for their work experience in July. The volunteers visited for two sessions on Fridays during the PSHE lesson and showed the students how to best write a CV. The sessions also focused on skills needed for employment showing students how to develop these skills. 

Year 10 Interview Day
All Year 10 students participated in an interview day in February held in the library, all students had a one to one interview with a professional in preparation for work experience. Students were allocated time with the volunteers talking about how to conduct yourself on an interview, showing students how to present themselves and give a good first impression. We had fifteen trained volunteers in school from HSBC Bank and Metro Bank and we are very grateful to them for their support. 

Raising University Aspirations Day
On Tuesday 7th November Making the Leap organised an event which brought together universities from all over England in Central Hall Westminster. Twenty five Year 9 students visited the show. Students were able to visit stands and talk to representatives who could give them advice and guidance about going to university and about choosing the right courses. Students came back with lots of information and felt the session was really positive. The universities at the event included, Leeds, Exeter, Kings College and The University of East Anglia. 

Social Mobility Awards
Making the Leap for the first time held an event which recognized people who had contributed to social mobility. The event was held at the Jury’s Hotel in Grosvenor Square on the 12th October and our choir went along to entertain the guests.

The choir sang 4 songs: Eleanor Rigby, La Bamba (in Spanish), California Dreaming and Le Rond de Vin (in French), the students were introduced onto stage by Steph McGovern (Breakfast TV Presenter). 

The students performed in front of 325 guests who burst into rapturous applause at the end of the songs!

Subject Matters – Cambridge   
Six Year 11 students attended a subject matters course in Cambridge on Saturday 20th January, they spent time learning how to ensure that they make applications to the right university, how to write a personal statement and more importantly to make the right ‘A’ level choices.  

Cyber Champions
All Year 7 students took part in a workshop about cyber security; volunteers from the Whitehall Industry Group came into school to work with the students talking about how to stay safe online, how to protect themselves and the legal guidelines around the internet. 

We are very grateful to the Whitehall Industry group for their continued support particularly to Roy Johnson who organised the volunteers.

Speakers for Schools
We were very fortunate through Speakers for schools to have a visit from Noreena Hertz who spoke to the MAC Students in the Library. Mr Charalambos interviewed Noreena and spoke to her about her career, background, her interests, her challenges and what advice she had for students who wanted to succeed in their chosen careers.

Noreena was awarded a PHD by Kings College Cambridge and was voted by Vogue Magazine as one of the most inspiring women of the world.

Noreena has written three books called Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy, Eyes Wide Open and IOU The Debt Threat and why we must defuse it, she very kindly donated copies of her books to the school library. The session was very inspiring and we were very grateful to Noreena for visiting the school

Charlie Geffen
Charlie Geffen a Partner in Gibson Dunn solicitors came into school on the 13th October to address the Year 11 students in assembly. Charlie spoke of his life and career explaining how he achieved his status as a partner.

Charlie spoke of the day to day running of his legal practice likening it to the TV series Suits. The session was informative and Charlie’s career showed how you could change career path.

Sarah Cowley
We were very fortunate to have Sarah Cowley, Head of the Prosperity Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office come into school on Thursday 22nd February to speak to Year 10 students in assembly. Sarah has a background of working for the Civil Service, she has a wide range of experience in many fields including being the British Ambassador in Latvia and the Operations Director for the 2012 Olympics!

We decided to try a different type of assembly so five students - Diana Coelho Domingues, Christina Gurdas, Lucja Jedrzejczak, Emily Melzer and Wealth Ohenhen interviewed Sarah on the stage.  

The students asked some great questions probing Sarah about her career, asking advice on behalf of all Year 10 students and her opinion on Brexit and the American

We are very grateful to Speakers for Schools for linking us up and Sarah for taking time out of a busy schedule (she was on her way to Prague) to come into school.

St Anne’s College – Oxford
Fifteen students went along to Oxford on the 29th November for a Taster Session at St Anne’s College – the day started with information, advice and guidance session, students then had a tour of the campus, lunch in dining hall and a session at the Natural history Museum.

Students learnt a lot over the course of the day including how to apply for Oxford. 

Pembroke College Cambridge
Ten Year 9 students were invited to a Year 9 Taster Day at Pembroke College in Cambridge. We travelled to Cambridge by train – we had an early start at 7.30am! 

The Taster Day was run by Pembroke College who have been very supportive of the school for many years. The day started with a welcome and some ice breaker games. We shared the session with another school from Northamptonshire.

We had a talk on the University of Cambridge and advice on how to apply for entry.

There was a talk by a student ambassador and then a tour of the college. We had a lovely lunch in the Great Hall followed by a brief walk around the grounds

After lunch we had a Taster Lecture by who is Professor Gos Micklem Lecturer of Biology at the college. The day ended with a question and answer session and evaluations

The students who attended were:  Fatima Bangura, Diana Coelho Domingues, Ella Hamilton,  Alesha Ibeji, Roxanne Ifill, Marvellous Ijeomah Orji, Daniella Karikari Agyeman, Chiara Kon, Emily Melzer & Lucia Rodrigues
It was a great day! 

Life on the London Stage
Twenty Tear 8 students were invited to the London Metropolitan Archives where we learnt about the Archives, saw how they keep all their documents and then visited the exhibition. 

The students were asked at the exhibition to find one character that was featured that they liked. We then made puppets out of newspaper and string and the puppets were then used in a show, the story was around being locked in the vaults at the Archives and being scared. The students had to incorporate the character in the story – we had Cleopatra and Charlie Chaplin.

The session was great and the students got to visit something they would never have thought about – an archive, Tom Furber talked about the available jobs in the profession.

London Metropolitan Archives Careers Event
Ten Year 10 students went along to the LMA Careers Day on Friday 16th March; we had a tour of the building and learnt about the archives. The students saw how the records are stored, preserved and renovated. 

We saw the collections in the basement, then visited the digital screening and conservation departments. The students then listened to a panel discussion by people who worked in the archives.

We finished the afternoon by visiting the exhibition on crime in the 18th century

Borough Market -Young Marketeers Project
We were very fortunate to once again be involved in a project with Food Matters.

Fareshare Recycling Project came into school to deliver an assembly about their work showing students how food is recycled and used to feed the homeless, they showed how food is rejected for various reasons such as misshapen vegetables, items with the wrong bar codes and supermarkets rebranding goods.

Five students went along to the Fareshare Distribution Warehouse in Deptford to see how the charity redistribute the food, students packed an order and then followed the order to the Crossways Centre at the Elephant and Castle to see how the Southwark Asylum Seekers Day Centre make meals for the homeless.

Five students then went along to the Borough Market to take part in Soup and Bread Making Master classes; students went to Bread Ahead to make ciabatta bread and spent time with Michaela Bowles a chef from Saturday Kitchen chef and made three soups, one Spicy Tomato, one Pea and Mint and a Pear and Parsnip soup.

We had to have a trial run of making the soup to enable the Borough Market to come into school to have a food tasting to ensure that the soup was of the quality to be sold at the market.

We made soup in school to be sold at the market and went along on Tuesday 6th February to sell in aid of the Fareshare project. It was a cold day but the students worked hard to sell the soup and everyone agreed it was very tasty!

The four schools made enough money to pay for 1381 meals for the homeless.

The whole project was a great success             


Food Matters – 10th Birthday Picnic
Ten Year 8 students, Miss Philpot and Teresa went along to Westminster Abbey to attend the above event. Food Matters are a charity that works to improve eating habits encouraging us all to eat healthily and sensibly.

The gardens of Westminster Abbey were wonderful in the beautiful weather students took their own lunches so that each school ate a picnic on their designated picnic blanket.

The students took part in activities in the gardens including riding smoothie bikes, making salads with the Borough Market, guessing what fruit and vegetables were with ISS Catering, making pizzas with Wholefood Markets and making a great hanging basket with the celebrity gardener Chris Collins (who created the Blue Peter Garden). There was a world record attempt at crunching carrots – we all particaped and ate a carrot at 12.20pm

There was a short talk and welcome from Tom Aitken the celebrity chef who cut the celebration cake which everyone received a slice of. It was a lovely event which was enjoyed by all – we also all learnt a lot about organic food and growing vegetables. 

Women in Justice Event
Nineteen students went along for a session at the Ministry of Justice; the session was led by Claire Toogood who is the Head of Youth Services learning about how the civil service worked and her role in the organisation.

Volunteers came to work with the students they were split into groups and had a speed networking session and watched a film called ‘You be the Judge’ which resulted in them all debating about the trial shown in the video and sentencing the guilty party. It was a very informative session and the students were complimented on their excellent behaviour.

On the 12th January eight students: Adelina Godinho, Megan McDonagh, Melody Mendez Suaznabar, Jessica Uzoh, Fatima Bangura, Daniella Karikari, Oluwakemi Ogundeyun and Tiane Peters McLeod along with Emma from the Science Department and Teresa went Teentech at the Emirates Stadium. Teentech was established in by Maggie Philbin to introduce students to careers in Science, Technology Engineering and Maths by holding an event with large corporations including The BBC, Hewlett Packard, JVC, Siemens, Thames Tideway.

The exhibition was in three sections, The Challenge Zone, The Insight Zone and The Innovation Zone; Students were split into groups and visited all the three zones over the course of the day.

Notre Dame Students visited NPL Tideway Tunnels, Creative Skillset, JVC Kenwood, Middlesex University, Maplin and NPL. They were given goodie bags which included pens, notepads, headphones and literature about the businesses they visited.

The students were also asked to come up with innovative ideas to put onto the ideas wall and to draw a picture of a scientist. 

In the afternoon session the students had to come up with an innovative idea – the students designed a Digital Home Window which was the centrepiece of a new home and all the controls of the house could be activiated from the window, householders could order their shopping, turn on electric appliances, watch television, conduct research and send emails.

The students won the award for the Most Useful Invention.

Kemi also won a Raspberry Pie Kit in a prize draw on the Maplin Stand.

We all had a very enjoyable day and learnt a lot about companies involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Maggie Philbin who founded Teentech was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours. 

Tuckers Solicitors
Ian Powell a solicitor from Tuckers Solicitors came into school to talk to students about a career as a solicitor, he brought along two work experience students who are on placement with Tuckers and they were both able to tell us about their life experiences about ‘A’ Level choices, going to university and their future plans.

Tuckers have offered a student in Year 10 a work experience placement in July.  

Art Project with Stones End Day Centre 
We were very fortunate to be invited to take part in an Art Project with Stones End Day Centre; we worked with an artist called Elle Shipman who organised small workshops with the clients from the day centre and small groups of students from 7M. The students worked on subjects such as fashion, music and food. A newspaper was created showing the outstanding work that was done.

A mural was created after the students had created art work of their favourite things – Haribo sweets are part of the display!

A Time Capsule was created and filled by students and the elderly – we all took along an item that was an example of the present day – we took items such as a mobile phone, a school badge and a pencil case.

The Time Capsule was buried and the mural was unveiled by Charlie Smith the new Mayor of Southwark at a celebration event which saw the students singing and dancing in celebration with the members.

The project was sponsored by Pool Reinsurance 

St Georges University
St Georges University came into school to present to workshops about careers in the medical industry workshops were held as part of the Year 10 science classes. One was on general Healthcare Science and the other was Para medicine. Both workshops were very hands on and the students were shown how paramedics provided first aid, how blood pressure is taken, how to check oxygen levels and artificial respiration.  The sessions were delivered by student ambassadors and were very informative. 

Youth Travel Ambassadors
A new school crossing was installed after the campaign run in 2015 and we want to follow on from this so the focus for the group is to get more students to concentrate on crossing the road, there are distractions such as listening to music, playing on your mobile and not being aware of large vehicles and cyclists.

  • My friend saw the text
  • He didn’t see the truck
  • My friend heard the track
  • He didn’t hear the van
  • My friend saw her bus
  • She didn’t see the car.

The students gave a presentation about the need for more care crossing the road.  3,277 students aged 11- 16 were killed or injured on London roads in the last 2 years.

The students wrote and performed a Rap song called ‘Left and Right’

The students were awarded £250 to fund their campaign so ran a competition with Year 7, 8 & 9 students to design an Oyster Card holder. The competition was won by Georgia Boakye and we are pleased to announce that all Year 7 & 8 students were given a free oyster card holder


YTA Campaign Junction
The Youth Travel Ambassadors went along to London Transport Headquarters at      St James Park to take part in a Dragons Den Competition to win funding for their next campaign. The campaign this year is around students not concentrating when crossing the road, the presentation included statistics around the number of road accidents each year involving teenagers. 

The students will be taking part in assemblies in our school and St Georges Primary using an obstacle course to show the difference in the obstacle course concentrating then being distracted sending a text message.

The campaign was successful and we were awarded £250 to fund our work. The students also recruited new Junior Ambassadors from Year 7:

Team Ambassadors
Five students from Notre Dame School visited Stones End Day Centre for the Elderly at the Elephant & Castle after the team ambassadors had made forty Christmas mugs. Each mug had been designed and painted by the students and filled with sweets. The members of the centre also received a Christmas card that all the students signed.

The students visited the Centre on Tuesday 20th December to deliver the presents they spent time with the elderly who were very pleased with the visit and the mug. The choir also visited the centre and sang an assortment of Christmas Carols which the members loved – we all joined in with the singing!

We continue in school to have two mentoring schemes with Bristows Solicitors matching mentors with students in Years 10 & 11, there is a total of forty eight students who take part in the scheme. Mentors come into school once a month and work in small groups in the library. We are very grateful to Bristows for their continued support of the school.

City Hall Visit
Seven students who are members of the school council along with Mr Hornby and Teresa as part of British Vales went along to City Hall for a visit this included a tour of the building, visiting the Mayors Living Room on the 9th floor to see the marvellous view of London and we had a talk about how London is governed, learning the difference between local government, London government and the Houses of Parliament. 

We saw the areas that the Mayor Sadiq Khan’s is responsible for and how he looks after the interests of all the residents in London. We spent time in the chamber where all the big debates take place and decisions are made about London.

We then watched a film that showed us the history of London and all the big events that had changed the town.                                                 

Fantastical Creatures
We had an opportunity through SE1 United and Contemporary Applied Arts to hold a series of workshops in school around the creating of fantastical creatures. We worked with an artist called Robert Cooper and over three weeks students painted, made clay models and used recycled materials to make a fantastical creature.

The students involved were: Ana Anez Medina, Zainab Bangura, Ana Ciracao, Elizabeth Collard, Michelle Gil, Patricia Meneses, Emmanuella Okelabi, Gabriella Ordonez, Angelica papa and Sarah Pearson. 

The work was displayed at the Contemporary Applied Arts gallery in Southwark Street and the students with their parents went along for a celebration event and official opening.

We are grateful to SE1 United, Contemporary Applied Arts and Robert Cooper

We have been doing some further work with Robert Cooper funded by Contemporary Applied Arts, we have working on a project about identity students have been painting tiles and then transferring their work onto clay.

 As part of the Peabody Festival of Opportunities during half term a group of Year 11 students organised an event in school. This was called Dine ‘N’ Discuss, professional women came into school to hold a speed networking event with students.

The evening started with an Ice Breaker game called Professional Bingo where students had to find someone who had the same job as listed on their bingo card. This was won by Ibukunoluwa Mohammed (9C) who won a box of biscuits.   

The session then started and students spent time with every professional they moved around the hall talking to all the female volunteers – this was strictly timed by Mrs Clements. We had a teacher amongst the professionals – Miss Hine!

The evening was completed with a lovely buffet with more networking. All the volunteers were given a gift and a mug filled with sweets.

The Year 11 students who organised the event were, Erica Aguiar, Magdalena Dimitrova, Antonella Espino Briones, Kayla Louis, Shanyah Marvin, Nicole Mora, Maddie Serry and Mabel Sodengbe these will all be awarded OCR Accreditations in Project Management.

The event was a great success!

Lunchtime Linkup
Nineteen students went along to Peabody’s offices in Westminster Bridge Road to meet up with professionals from the company. We started the session learning about how Peabody was started and how they run their housing projects today. 

We then split into small groups and professionals spent time with us talking about their careers which were varied and giving advice on how we can succeed in the future.

Peabody very kindly provided pizzas for lunch!

SEBA Careers Fair – 21st March  
Twenty three Year 9 students visited the fair and split into 3 groups where they visited and participated in workshops with: British Academy of Jewellery,

Pathways to Property, Ernst & Young, Essentia, Hilton London Bankside, PWC

FLO Northern Line Extension, HLM Architects, Grant Thornton, Siemens and Metropolitan Police 

Students built towers, made models of buildings in London, thought about the challenges of owning a business, decorated muffins, thought about jobs in a hospital and learnt about the courses at reading university. One of the main themes of the fair was apprenticeships. The fair was very successful and students collected a lot of literature about careers.