International Women’s Day on March 8 didn’t go unrecognised at Coulsdon College.  Students were encouraged in tutor groups to discuss the theme for this year, ‘Pledge for Parity’.  The day highlights the importance of creating conditions for the elimination of discrimination against women and for their full and equal participation in social development.

Four Coulsdon College students were invited to attend a round table discussion between young women and women in public life, including senior civil servants from the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Work and Pensions and the Cabinet Office.   Jessica Hann was one of them.  “It was brilliant, I’m really glad I went along. The speakers were all very inspiring and it was really interesting to see how they all had such different backgrounds, upbringings and paths but have all become very successful women, despite the hurdles they may have faced along the way. It has definitely encouraged me to take all opportunities which are given to me and to make sure I always give things ago, even if at first it seems a challenge.”

Karyn Storey also enjoyed her day.  “We learnt that there’s a wide range of professions within the civil service and that we should consider them when looking a job. We also learnt that many of the panel members didn’t have a straightforward career path and we could expect the same in our futures, but as long as we work hard, take opportunities and embrace change then we should be successful in whatever walk of life we choose. The speakers were great role models and it has fuelled me to be a better role model to my peers and to fight for further equality.”

Jeanette Gilbert, Coulsdon College Associate Principal added, “It was a really useful day.  Delegates were encouraged to consider what their priorities are as they embark on their career journey and what they think the challenges and opportunities will be from a personal and professional perspective.”

Meanwhile, back at College, staff in the ILC (Independent Learning Centre) produced a display of pictures and quotes from inspiring and powerful women, including Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Malala Yosafzai and Britain’s first female Prime minister, Margaret Thatcher.  Groups of female students and staff were persuaded to have their photographs taken in between the displays, encouraging them to relate to the other, more famous names and faces on display.

Information for schools

Croydon College Group offers a wide range of activities to provide support to schools, parents, carers and students with post-16 decisions. Through activities both at the college and onsite at local schools, the diverse range of courses on offer at Croydon College, Coulsdon Sixth Form College and Croydon University Centre is explored.

Information is provided on the various opportunities available for both vocational and academic pathways. This, combined with the wide range of apprenticeships, delivered by the World of Work team, provides an important resource for post-16 options. 

Contact the team at or phone us on 020 8686 5700 ext. 3676 for more information.

Let’s work together:

Assemblies and Presentations

Delivered at your school and providing either a general overview of courses available or tailored specifically to the needs and interests of the student year group in attendance. Focus subjects could include apprenticeships, applying to universities, T Levels or sector-specific subjects.

Career Events & Options Evenings

Virtual or in-person we welcome the opportunity to support your events and engage with students and parents. Our team can also be available to attend application and interview workshops also GCSE results day. 

Onsite Taster Sessions

Engaging and interactive sessions with specialist lecturers in areas including criminology, fashion and textiles, media studies, music performance, photography, science and much more. Sessions can be held on-site at our colleges or at your school. Please enquire about specific subjects.

Campus Tours

Your students can tour our campuses, chat with members of the teams and explore our range of departments and facilities. Building your own tour, allows you to choose the areas your students are keen to view the most, and with a large course offering, this ensures they get the most out of their visit and enough time to ask any questions they may have.

The Programme can also help to support evidence of careers activity provision in relation to the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Croydon Colleges Group is always pleased to build strong relationships with local schools and sixth forms and produce a newsletter to keep schools and sixth forms up to date with the exciting work of School  Partnership Programme

To discuss your requirements further or to be added to the mailing list, please contact: or call 020 8686 5700 ext. 3676.


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