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      City Experience

      City of London Academy offers students incredible unique opportunities to build links with the City and take the first steps on the road to a successful career.

      We are sponsored by the City of London Corporation, an elected body that looks after the business district around St Paul’s.

      This sponsorship provides CoLA Southwark students the very best experiences of the working world, from shadowing judges at the Old Bailey to work placements at business giants like Ipsos MORI – and even Buckingham Palace.

      City of London opportunities

      This year, our Year 13 physicists enjoyed an inspirational morning with Professor Stephen Hawking at Guildhall as he received the Honorary Freedom of the City of London.

      This is just one of the unique opportunities CoLA provides. Others so far have included:

      • Head boy and head girls’ visit to the Lord Mayor’s Banquet
      • Participation in the Lord Mayor’s Show
      • Internships at the Old Bailey working alongside senior judges
      • Work experience at Buckingham Palace, the Guildhall Gallery and Royal Opera House
      • Livery company bursaries of up to £1000 for pupils to pursue
      • Oxbridge / Medicine / Dentistry and Veterinary pathways
      • Range of networking opportunities

      The City experience also includes group activities, with field trips to the Museum of London and educational walks around the City.

      We aim to instil in every pupil an appreciation of the City, its values and cultures, and an understanding of its different professions and experiences. We want them to leave CoLA prepared for the demands and rigour of working life.

      I did my work experience at the Guild Hall for four days and it really made me see what is possible if you push yourself.  I’m interested in business and one day I see myself working in computers and websites, so this was really good because I spent time working with project managers, shadowing them and attending meetings. It’s easy to talk about ambitions but seeing this environment made it real. It’s definitely something I could see myself doing.

      Michael Ofochebe, Year 11.

      I start my work placement at Ibsos MORI in July. I am blessed to have that opportunity. Once you mention City of London Academy, all the doors are open. That’s the biggest benefit of studying here.

      Kenechi Finewood – Year 12

      The connections our students make through these experiences are invaluable, frequently opening doors to career opportunities when they leave City of London Academy.

      We also regularly collaborate with our sister schools of the City of London Academy Trust, allowing us to offer close support with Oxbridge applications, enriching lectures and GCSE revision residentials.

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