In the weekly Enrichment sessions, students will have the opportunity to extend their learning beyond the curriculum in mixed groups of Year 12 and 13. This currently includes short courses in: Mandarin and Chinese Culture, Art & Textiles, Drama Improvisation, Ethics, Cryptic Crosswords, Twentieth Century Women Writers, Historical Women and Films, Science in the Media, Electronics and Robotics and a one-year course in Critical Thinking.
In addition, the one-year Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) can be started at the end of Year 12. It is a flexible programme that changes over the two years and students choose from up to 10 options at the start of each year. There are also regular lectures and outside speakers. Additional optional online lectures are shown at other times during the week to encourage all students to go beyond the A Level curriculum.
We are always impressed with the commitment and time already spent by many of our students in voluntary work in their own communities. Our voluntary work programme has links with several of our local community organisations who have built up close links with the school. Our aim is for every student in Year 12 to be engaged in a community service project, either organised by themselves or through our links.
Currently we have links with Channing Junior School, Hill Homes, St James’ Church and a partnership with Highgate Newtown Community Centre and Brookfield Primary school. Through this partnership and others, students will have the opportunity to help others in the community. The skills, experience and sense of belonging gained through community service are often the most valuable, rewarding and satisfying part of the week for students and excellent preparation for the future.
The UCAS process at Channing starts in Year 12. with UCAS presentations and the annual SPRINGBOARD to THE FUTURE FAIR and PRESENTATION’ DAY where Admissions Tutors, expert speakers and organisations come to the school so Year 12s can learn first-hand about universities and other options available to them. The mixed Year 12 and 13 Forms provides the opportunity for Year 12s to experience the university applications process closely and witness the preparation and decision-making.
As far as the Personal Statement is concerned, we will provide the tools to help you craft a compelling statement, before your process of drafting and redrafting begins. In Year 13, with the support and guidance of your personal Tutors and Heads of Department, you will be ready to submit your application.
If your university sights have been set on Oxford or Cambridge, or a special application (including Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Dentistry), you will receive the expert advice and support of Miss Cann and Mrs Kennedy and specialist mentor teams of teachers, alumnae, parents and other expert advisors, in order to provide students with the best possible chance of securing an interview and ultimately, the offer of a place.
More students are now considering studying in the USA and Canada. The breadth of subjects, alongside the flexibility in the Liberal Arts programme, makes studying overseas very attractive. Specialist presentations, workshops and guidance on essays as well as applications are available at Channing with students going on to study at a range of schools and colleges across North America.
Chatting with Channing
Listen to our interview with our Director of Partnerships and Higher Education, Ms Kung.
Ms Kung will be chatting to us about the UCAS application process, the importance of picking a place that’s just right for you, and some advice she’d give to those who aren’t quite sure what to do or where to go next.
With technology developing at such an astonishing pace, it’s hard to say what the future workplace will look like. However, we can be sure that digital skills will be inherent in almost every job. For this reason, Channing is developing an exciting, new technological direction for the school with the aim that all students leave Channing with the technological skills needed for their chosen careers.
We want people to say “if you want your daughter to be equipped for the modern world of technology, engineering and design, then Channing is the perfect place to send her”.
We know that technology alone will not replace collaboration, good judgment and problem-solving abilities but, by providing a technology-rich learning environment that supports our students through the Sixth Form stage of their education, we are ensuring they are perfectly prepared for the next steps.
To support all aspirations, the Careers Programme has been expanded over the last three years to take into account feedback from the whole Channing community and particularly our student Careers Leaders. At its most intense in Year 12, we provide advice, information and guidance to inform students’ choices about their futures.
Our Head of Careers, Ms Pavlopoulos, and our Careers Coordinator, Ms Marcu, organise a comprehensive programme of preparation. As well as multiple Careers Information Sessions, Insight and Networking Events showcasing a range of careers, Year 12 students each benefit from an individual interview with an external careers advisor and attend our annual Careers Convention (with 16 different professions represented). Sixth Formers experience interview skills practice with willing parents and receive a termly Opportunities bulletin which details Taster Days, super-curricular courses and activities and Work Experience schemes – both online and in person. Some internships involve competitive applications on which the Careers Department is pleased to advise. In addition, we work in close association with the Channing community to support a work experience programme which offers Sixth Formers the opportunity to apply for a placement with a host from the Channing community.
We want our students to create links and networks which will guide and support them through their next decade: beyond university to their first job and their first promotion! We also want our students to come back to us as mentors to support other Channing students.
Our extensive network of alumnae professionals assist current students to access professional advice, guidance and work experience. In conjunction with the Careers Department, there are a number of interactive talks, presentations by guest speakers and seminars held throughout the academic year. These range from specific career talks, information about undergraduate life, through to presentations from women who are working in every sector – from Art to Zoology, and we ensure that students hear from professionals in jobs such as Engineering, where women are currently under-represented.
Looking to the future, we will grow this already impressive network to aid and inspire Channing alumnae in their career development. Each and every alumna has something unique to offer, whether it be through a seat on the Alumnae Committee or offering work experience to a newly qualified professional to strengthen her job application.
Channing takes pride in its alumnae community. Our alumnae are diverse in their career paths and geographical locations, many of them making significant contributions on the national and global stage.
Irrespective of when they leave Channing, each leaver becomes a member of the Channing Alumnae Association. They will receive an electronic copy of the Channing alumnae magazine, as well as invitations to exclusive alumnae events, concerts, reunions, performances and talks. And, of course, they will always be welcome at the annual Founders’ Day celebrations, every Summer Term.