Charis | Streatham & Clapham High School

"The tight-knit community and camaraderie that were fostered in the Sixth Form were my favourite things about my time at SCHS. Small form size also proved advantageous when it came to UCAS because we were each given so much individual attention and help with our University applications."

Charis
SCHS Pupil 1994-2008

I have just graduated with a 2.1 in Anthropology from Durham University and in October 2011, after a month of travelling in the US, I start on a training contract at KPMG (one of the ‘Big Four’ financial services firms) in Canary Wharf. To get a job nowadays you need to be able to pass interviews that consist largely of ‘competency questions’, e.g. ‘when have you been a leader?’ or ‘tell us a time when you have dealt with conflict within your team’. Having strong academic results alone will not get you through this; your extra-curricular experiences will. It was the extra-curricular opportunities at SCHS where I could do the Duke of Edinburgh Award and take part in activities such as the Model United Nations Conference that were a factor in my deciding to stay on at Streatham for Sixth Form and I now appreciate these more and more. I am certain that it was these activities, my sporting resume, and the positions of responsibility I’ve held that enabled me to succeed in getting a job in Canary Wharf in an exceedingly competitive job market.

It was the extra-curricular opportunities at SCHS where I could do the Duke of Edinburgh Award and take part in activities such as the Model United Nations Conference that were a factor in my deciding to stay on at Streatham for Sixth Form and I now appreciate these more and more.

The activities I took part in at school gave me confidence to play an active part in University life. I played rugby for the University and football, cricket, and badminton for my college; my sporting commitments culminated in my being named ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ by the college. I was also a member of my college’s Finance Committee in my second year, which supports the Treasurer in the financial management of the JCR.

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