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09/06/19

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09/06/19

This is a joint trip for students at and our academy too, as a reward for students with an exceptional number of Harris Points. Find out more about our rewards scheme at https://t.co/M7O1YolVpx https://t.co/pIOShU2atZ

22/05/19

Thank you , , , and all the many people who made yesterday's Whittington Course such an success. Raising aspiration through 'behind the scenes' visits in London's financial district. Report and pics at https://t.co/wH7lqsWQbf https://t.co/kCbrG3gVRE

20/05/19

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20/05/19

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16/05/19

Absolutely delighted to be shortlisted! This is thanks to the hard work from students, staff and parents that support our school. 🤗 https://t.co/Cnb75O0Jpn

10/05/19

We're extremely proud of Judith, Year 7, who won a Literacy Award recently for her entry on the book 'Ruby Tanya'. Judith was presented with her award at Bexley Civic Office in an awards ceremony. Well done, Judith! Read more https://t.co/ebNAZjuQbx https://t.co/g2sRqZEIsM

09/05/19

8 out of 10 of our chicks have hatched so far and we can’t wait to handle them. Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets from the office for a chance to name them! https://t.co/OAS2tj86eC

08/05/19

Happy Hatching Day to our first two chicks! Remember to buy a raffle ticket to win a chance to name them! Mr Shephard wants to call one ‘Piri Piri’ but we’re sure you can be more creative! https://t.co/3P2AJgJ5bo

08/05/19

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01/05/19

Really proud of Judith for being chosen as runner-up in the Literacy Awards for her piece inspired by reading Ruby Tanya. Congratulations! Thanks to for organising our entries. https://t.co/Clq37OjaS3

01/05/19

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26/04/19

Look at those crowds!! Not that our students were keen to throw wet sponges at members of the Senior Leadership Team... Follow the line to donate to Mr Wheatley’s marathon fund https://t.co/OjhebVonum https://t.co/9cA8JM4Gbn

23/04/19

First day back and year 11 are already stuck into a waking talking mock for English! https://t.co/G4d01F462T

05/04/19

Our year 12s spent Wednesday evening exploring their future options

03/04/19

Exciting scenes at our Knowledge Maestro competition today. Congratulations to the Enterprise and World Studies hubs for being victorious! https://t.co/WUPhri7ZbU

03/04/19

Our Sixth Form is proud to announce its first cohort of students, who will complete their Bronze Awards by the end of the Summer Term. Find out more at https://t.co/1uVwhYNcQS https://t.co/X7eBhy2Xct

03/04/19

From Rudolf Hess to Lady Jane Grey. Year 5 have been learning about famous prisoners in the . This lovely writing is by Debbie. Great drawing too. Loads more great learning for our primary phase students at https://t.co/RA6vmfdHiJ https://t.co/SIrR2yQZqN

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Posted on May 22nd 2018

A Taste of the City of London for Year 10

Twenty four students from Year 10 spent the day at Canary Wharf and in the City of London this week meeting people who work for leading companies including Barclays, Adidas and Amazon.

The Whittington Day 2018 included a ride on the Thames Clipper to Canary Wharf, workshops on CV writing and interview skills at Barclays, and a chance to see behind the scenes at Barclaycard.

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At London's Guildhall our students met young graduates including former Bexley student Jack Lauricourt (pictured below), who now works for Adidas. The graduates spoke about their career paths and answered questions. Students also learned about networking skills from barrister Claire Palmer.

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"The day teaches children our age about working life and the opportunities we have," said David, Year 10. "I could see that people really like their jobs at Barclays. I want to be an architect but if that doesn't work out maybe I'll work at Barclays now! Today has helped me find out in life what I want to do."

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"It's all about taking the children out of their current surroundings and giving them an opportunity to come to Canary Wharf and the City of London to explore opportunities within financial services and all sorts of areas," said Nick Wilkins, Senior Fraud Manager at Barclays, who has been helping to organise the day for 13 years.

"We involve people from lots of different backgrounds in the day. For example they meet people with and without degrees - from our intern programme or our graduate programme. One of the key messages is that big companies like Barclays have opportunities for everyone – whether you’re good at presentations and communication, analysing facts, or IT and technology. A good team is made up of our individuals with very different skills."

The CV and interview skills workshops are particularly useful, he says. "Once students are in a corporate environment sessions like this seem a lot more real. We also stress the importance of doing what you are good at rather than what you feel you should do, because that way your true self will come out."

This year for the first time students went on a tour of Barclays, including visiting the 24th floor where they saw the environment within which people work.

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Rameez, Year 10, said: "It was good to see that people really like their jobs. We met a lot of different people from different backgrounds. I like the cafeteria at Barclays and the views from the 30th floor."

Sharon, Year 10, said: “It is a good experience to come and see what it’s like working in London and meet top people too."

To be selected for the day, students had to apply saying why they wanted to come on the trip, said business studies teacher David Hem. "Around 70% of students applied so to choose the final 24 we did interviews and also looked at their application forms and their classwork too."

The annual Whittington Day, which has been taking place every year since 2002, is made possible with the kind support of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, the Whittington Trust, Barclays Bank and others.


Chair of Governors Beverley Johnston (right), pictured with former students Jack Lauricourt (centre) and Vincent Sam, who now work for Adidas and Amazon and are both Freeman of the City of London. "I'm pleased to do this because it's a chance to give something back," says Jack. "It's useful for students to meet younger professionals like us because I think they feel free to ask questions. I can speak about my own journey, since I only left school in 2013."Whittington 2018 (17)


Students pictured with Stephen Anderton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, which sponsors our annual Whittington Day.

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Arriving on the Thames Clipper from Woolwich.

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Getting a visitors pass at Barclays reception.Whittington 2018 (2)


John Whittaker, Barclays Head of Operational Risk and Strategy, talks to students about the importance of doing work you enjoy. "As you start to think about A levels and university, hold on to what you like and are good at. Join those two things together, work to the best of your ability, and you’ll enjoy your education more.”Whittington 2018 (4)


Ellis (right) talks about how she joined Barclays on an apprenticeshop progamme. "I was in your shoes just a few years ago, trying to decide what to do," she told students. Chris (left) joined Barclays after walking down his high street and seeing an advertisement for a cashier at his local branch. He now has a senior job at head office reporting to regulators.

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CV writing workshop, supported by staff from Barclays. How to put together a CV. What to include and not include.Whittington 2018 (6)