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Careers Leader

Dr. Nguyen, Deputy Headteacher     (020) 8554 1995

Careers Co-Ordinator

Mrs. Finlay, LRC Manager/Careers Co-Ordinator     (020) 8554 1995

At The Ursuline Academy Ilford we encourage students to aim high in all they do. Therefore, we are committed in accordance with the statutory guidance to providing impartial and independent advice to students outlining all the options available from university to apprenticeships, from a gap year to setting up a business.

Each Year Group has a minimum of 4 career lessons per year as part of the PSHE programme, covering topics from ‘What am I good at?’ to exploring ‘The World of Work.’ Extra focus is placed on Years 9, 11 & 12 when choosing their options. ‘Next Steps’ workshops are delivered and every Years 11 & 12 student is offered a one-to-one appointment with an external career adviser.

Students are encouraged to gain experience for their CV’s or personal statements by volunteering or arranging work experience. In addition, the school uses the weekly newsletter to advertise opportunities such as apprenticeships, summer school and placements at universities or to convey useful information.

There is support in place for Sixth Form students to ensure that they have the correct information whilst researching which courses or universities to choose. There are links with local employers and various speakers from law, medicine, business etc are invited to speak to the girls.

For students who require additional support, the Connexions team is on hand to play an important role in assisting the young person to make applications to colleges or apprenticeships.


If you are an employer in the local area and would be willing to get involved in either doing a talk to students about your career opportunities, apprenticeships or how you got into your career, then we would like to hear from you. There are also opportunities to take part in mock interviews and careers fairs. If you are interested, please complete the Teams form below with your details, and we will be in touch.

Useful websites:

→ National Careers Service
→ Directions Online Careers Service
→ The Apprenticeship Guide
→ Information and guidance from UCAS
→ Not Going To Uni
→ Barclays Life Skills
→ Parental Guidance