Sixth Form News

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Goldsmiths Post 16 Careers


Congratulations to Sian and Elizabeth, who ran a stall promoting La Retraite Sixth Form to over 400 students from schools in Lambeth, Lewisham, and Southwark; more than 10 different schools attended the event. The girls were a real asset to the Sixth Form and really sold our newly-introduced Scholarship Programme.

"I just wanted to thank you for helping us make the Post-16 Opportunities Event a success on Friday.  We couldn’t have done it without you.  We had a fantastic day and really enjoyed working with you all”. - Ruth Griffiths 14-19 Strategic Lead Lewisham Council


Year 12 Trip to the UCAS Fair

On Wednesday, the whole of Year 12 enjoyed a trip to Alexandra Palace, where they met with nearly 200 universities, and learned about all of the professional apprenticeships on offer. This has made the students even more determined to do well in their summer exams, which start on the 11th May so that they can go to the University of their Choice.

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La Retraite Welcomes Katheryn Jacob,

CEO of Pearl and Dean


After hearing Kathryn Jacob, CEO of Pearl & Dean, speak to us at our Friday assembly, I can honestly say that I’ve never felt as empowered and liberated as a young lady. Though Kathryn, like many of us now, didn’t have a clear idea of what she wanted to become when she was a teenager, she overcame any obstacle that the roller-coaster of life threw at her, until finally achieving what most adults and many of us young adults hope to achieve: to be able to wake up on a Monday morning and look forward to coming in to work.     

Everything Kathryn said has been to some extent life changing, but what I will treasure the most is her saying that we must ‘be feisty, be female, and be fearless.’ It is this saying that makes me feel liberated as it makes me think that I, like anyone else, have some sort of brewing potential and uniqueness within me that can take me to highest places if I nurture it well it enough. It is with this mindset that Kathryn has been able to achieve her success and that we can also achieve whatever we want.

Kathyrn said: "I know this will sound very strange from someone who didn’t grow up around here but I have a very soft spot for La Retraite. One of the teachers who taught my children came here, and so I am very grateful that you gave me Carmel Reagan. She is an inspirational teacher and a wonderful person too with many gifts - so thank you for her!"


Trading at Societe Generale

On Tuesday afternoon, the Year 13 Economics group enjoyed a visit to Societe General (

Société Générale S.A. (SocGen) is a French multinational banking and financial services company, headquartered in Paris. The company is a universal bank split into three main divisions: Retail Banking and Specialized Financial Services (particularly in France and Eastern Europe); Corporate and Investment Banking (Derivatives, Structured Finance and Euro Capital Markets); and Global Investment Management and Services.


While at the Bank, the students had the opportunity to be interviewed by some of the City Workers and develop their ability to answer competency-based questions. The students also had a lot of fun trading stocks and shares with St Bonaventures' Sixth Form students. Well done to Joanne and Hannah's team for making the most profit on their trading game.


Trip to Cambridge University

On Monday, I took 24 Year 11 and 12 students to the University of Cambridge. They had a very insightful day, learning about life at the university, the application process, and the interviews. We were taken on a tour of St John's College, and the students were very impressed by the facilities on offer. We were lucky enough to meet with two of our old girls who are now in their second year at Cambridge: Abi, who is studying Maths, and Jasmine, who is specialising in Sociology. The girls loved life at St John's, and the visit has encouraged many of our students to apply.



Visit to 10 Downing Street

Congratulations to one of our Sixth Formers, Amy Jameson, who visited 10 Downing Street this week, to take part in a Christmas Video.

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The Worshipful Company of International Bankers

Congratulations to Jerdene Wildman and Chantelle Asante, who submitted winning entries for the Economic Essay Competition run by the Worshipful Company of International Bankers. The girls were invited to a reception at ING in the City, and won £200 in prizes.

A special mention to Jerdene, who won the overall prize, out of 15 participating schools. Jerdene also used the opportunity to network with the Investment Bankers, and gained herself a work experience placement.

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La Retraite Welcomes the Mayor of Lambeth

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La Retraite Sixth Form was delighted to welcome the Mayor of Lambeth to school today. The Mayor came to the school to present awards to students who had taken part in the Fabulous Futures Programme, run by our school Alumni. The students had taken part in a 10-week Career Progression Programme, delivered by The Sister Circle.

Congratulations to all of the students involved, and a special mention goes to Tia-Maria and Catriona, who both won special prizes for their exceptional progress on the programme.

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La Retraite Welcomes Chuka Umunna MP

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La Retraite was delighted to welcome Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham and Shadow Business Secretary, on Thursday 14th November 2014. Sixth Form students, and a select group of Year 11 students, were excited to have the opportunity to listen to a talk from Chuka on ‘Stop and Search’. Students asked many questions to ensure they had a full understanding of the Law in regard to ‘Stop and Search’.

Students said it was an educational and inspiring experience.

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Year 13 Economics Students Visit HSBC Headquarters, Canary Wharf

This week, Year 13 Economics students visited the HSBC Headquarters in Canary Wharf to find out what life is like for City Workers.

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Students were amazed to discover that HSBC not only employs bankers and accountants, but lawyers, human resource managers, dentists, doctors, and gym instructors.


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Students had a tour of the magnificent building, and found out about the history of the company. HSBC even has its own Curator who looks after the Archives.

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The best part of the afternoon was the opportunity to interview a range of current employees at HSBC to find out what it takes to be accepted at a top City firm.

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