Professional Guidance

“There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” - Nelson Mandela

Students at College are ambitious for their futures. Our dedicated Professional Guidance Centre (PGC) offers a wealth of insight, expertise and opportunity to help encourage, guide, support and embolden pupils as they strive to find the right path for them.

Our students visit the PGC from their very earliest days in College, enabling them to make informed choices at key times during their school life. This approach promotes independence, nurtures confidence and encourages the girls to feel excited about what lies ahead.

Find out more about the Higher Education programme.

The PGC has seven dedicated members of staff to support pupils with the many choices and wide range of options available to them. The centre runs comprehensive programmes to support students applying for higher education, both in the UK and abroad, including specialist provision for US and Oxbridge applications.

With a view to informing longer term decisions, regular higher education and careers events are held, including conferences aimed at future medics, vets or lawyers, mock interviews, networking dinners, and CV writing workshops. We also offer an extremely varied programme of careers talks, from hedge fund management and the airline industry to fashion design and PR, and also support girls in finding invaluable work placements.

The PGC staff specialise in areas ranging from US universities to professional networking and are often supported by members of Guild (alumnae), parents and local and national businesses. The centre also has an extensive library and IT research facilities.

No matter what path a student wishes to take, whether it's graphics at a specialist design school or PPE at Oxbridge, the PGC has the knowledge, resources and expertise to support them.


We are extremely proud of the achievements of our leavers, including their excellent examination results.

Each year, we successfully support students with their applications to leading UK universities, including Oxbridge, and a wide range of top US college and international institutions.

More information about the most popular UK and US destinations for our leavers can be found on our Beyond CLC page.


Dr Victoria Sherwood MA MPhil (Head of Professional Guidance)

Mrs Justine Hale BSc PGDip DipCGD MCDI (Seniot Higher Education and Careers Adviser)
Mrs Marieli Mooney (Employability and Skills Advisor)
Mrs Louise Turner BSc (Higher Education, Careers and Work Experience Adviser)
Dr James Skinner BSc MA (US Adviser and Medical Career Adviser)
Dr Elizabeth Anscombe MChem (Medical Career Adviser)
Dr Tricia Norman BSc (Psychology Adviser)
Mrs Sian Massey BA Dip Law (Law Adviser)
Miss Tess Hampton (Assistant to the PGC and Head of SFC)