On Tuesday 9th May, 2017 we hosted a Higher Education evening where we were delighted to welcome back four former pupils to share their experiences since leaving Burgess Hill Girls:
Issra Wiheba, who currently attends King’s College London, spoke about the differences between A level studies and reading towards a degree. Her lively and encouraging presentation also highlighted the importance of self-branding and networking from Year 10 upwards.
Ellie Warner, who currently attends Clare College, Cambridge, spoke about her experiences as a Cambridge undergraduate, touching upon her success in representing the college on University Challenge!
Sarah-Louise Lane kindly offered her time to inform parents and students about her School Leaver Programme with KPMG; she has taken the ‘earn and learn’ pathway, working for the company whilst completing a degree with Durham University.
We also welcomed back Chloe Shilton, who is currently studying Fashion Journalism at London College of Fashion – one of the top fashion courses in the world. Chloe spoke about her journey from being a student at Burgess Hill Girls and the work experiences she gained at Burberry, and gave an honest account of the hard work and dedication required to ‘make it’ in Fashion.
We also welcomed back former Head Girl, Sally Emerson via a Skype call. She spoke about how she is securing internships whilst studying Maths at the University of Bristol.
We were fortunate to host James Ringer, Deputy Head of Recruitment at Goldsmiths University. He gave a talk on adapting to university life and how it feels to live away from home for the first time, whilst Catherine Rowley, Schools Liaison Officer at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, gave a detailed presentation about applying to the most competitive courses and universities.
It is a changing world for our GCSE and A level students looking to pursue an interesting degree whilst feeling secure about their early career paths. Since our Higher Education Evening, we have received some extremely positive comments from parents and students, for which we are most grateful.