The Enrichment Branch

University Guidance and Careers

Throughout the Sixth Form, a structured programme of presentations, visiting speakers, workshops and individual advisory sessions ensure that every student has access to the support and guidance they need. Students will receive help and guidance in the following areas:

– UCAS Applications
– Personal Statement writing
– Which University? Which course?
– Interview practice

Students will also visit universities and career and university fairs where they will have the opportunity to speak to representatives from Higher Education and discuss their particular concerns.

Every two years, The Laurels holds a Careers Fair making the most of parents and friends of The Laurels who come to talk to the students about their own career journeys. These have included:

– Engineering
– Law
– Teaching
– Medicine
– Finance Services
– Journalism

Work Experience
Relevant work experience is arranged for all Lower VI pupils in the first week of July. Pupils will be encouraged to be proactive in providing their own placements although we work to ensure that all students are placed.

Personal Fitness
The Sixth Form PE programme at The Laurels builds upon the pathway established in KS4, which educates the pupils in a sport for life. In VI Form, the aim is to help students stay healthy by taking control of their fitness. We will work towards developing personal training programmes for each girl and help them to follow it using the equipment in local sports facilities. We will be reviewing the programme every half term and help each girl to stay focused in their training, which will improve their fitness as well as their overall health. This in turn will improve their focus and drive for their academic studies.

We will also be continuing our encouragement of the girls to take part in competitive sport, so we will be organising fixtures in sports of interest to the girls.
See  Societies and Clubs

Entrepreneurship (Lower VI)
Sixth Formers are given the opportunity to take part in coming up with a business idea or fund-raising concept and putting it into practice. A Level Business Studies students take the lead and are mentored by their teacher. This year, they are organising a fund-raising event which will include flamenco artists and musicians.

Digital Literacy (Lower VI)

The Exchange Trip to Washington and New York, USA.
Sixth Formers have the opportunity of taking part in a two week exchange programme with our sister school Oakcrest on the outskirts of Washington DC. Pupils stay in host families and attend 4/5 days of school, experiencing the US Education system, attending classes with their peers. They also take part in a wide cultural programme including 3 days in New York and 4 days in Washington. Cultural visits include:

New York
– Empire State Building
– Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
– Tenement Museum
– 9/11 Museum

– Tour of the Capital Building and Pentagon
– Arlington Cemetery
– The Air and Space Museum
– The Smithsonian National Zoo

The Inspirational Women Speakers
Our desire for our Laurels Sixth Formers is that they have as many opportunities as possible to meet and listen to women who can inspire and raise their aspirations to greatness – to be better people, to learn courage and fortitude, to strive and work hard, to reflect on what is truly important in life. Inspirational women speakers who have visited The Laurels have been:


Tamara Rojo
Artistic Director and Lead Principal Dancer of English National Ballet. Ms Rojo presented to an audience of pupils, staff and parents focusing on the character development and virtues needed to succeed in the demanding world of classical ballet.

Professor Rosa Lastra
Rosa is Professor of International Financial and Monetary Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. She has served as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, the World Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She has published several books and articles internationally. Professor Lastra spoke to students on the virtue of Diligence in their Character Development programme and the importance of planning and organisational skills.

Sarah Yamani
Sarah is a role model for any young woman, she is a mother of four and is engaged in a number of projects which promote education for women and works as an investment analyst in London. She encouraged pupils to be true to themselves and to ‘reach for the stars.’ She recounted her own life experience and recalled that moving to the US from Saudi Arabia for her education was challenging but also enriching. 
The pupils asked Sarah many insightful questions and she was thanked by them for her wonderful inspirational speech.

Captain Rebecca Hitchens

Dorothy N’Tnu

Rt Hon Baroness Hooper
Spoke to pupils about her long and successful political career in the House of Lords and took tea with staff and pupils in the garden.

Mrs Elizabeth Howard

Patricia Seed

Dr Theresa Okafor
Dr Okafor is a panelist at the United Nations Committee on the Status of Women New York 2010 and 2011 and came to The Laurels School to speak about her work with the UN. Dr Ofakfor is also a director of the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage and the CEO of Life League and is a winner of several prestigious awards including The Rhodes Youth Forum Award (Greece 2010); the Flynet Award (Nigeria, 2009) and a merit award from the National Association of Catholic University Students (Nigeria, 2008).