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The Kate Scheme

The power of mentoring  connecting our past, present and future

We are extremely proud of our alumnae community and of our Old Girls who continue to connect with the School. Our aim is to strengthen those connections - to recognise the wealth of life experience and expertise of our Old Girls; to share knowledge and ideas to achieve more, faster, and together and to set the agenda on what the future for women in work can look like.

Through our exciting new initiative, The Kate Scheme, we will guide our young women, inspiring self-belief and highlighting career aspirations and choices. Sharing your career stories can help shape theirs.

Women are still sadly under-represented at the highest levels in most industries. Decision makers, influencers, editors, politicians – many of these roles are dominated by men (although, thankfully, that is changing). This is not only worrying from a business perspective, but also because of the message it sends to our young women.

By contrast, we are in a position to send a positive message. This is not about offering jobs, but by inviting our students into your networks it will help them to understand the dynamics of the world of work and help them to make a smoother transition into higher education or into a career.

More important than how senior or influential you are is whether you have the time and motivation to share your experiences and advice, successes and failures, to support, encourage, coach and guide our girls to explore broader career possibilities and to develop the confidence about what they might be able to do in the future.

The Kate Scheme was launched in 2016 and already over fifty mentor/mentee partnerships are established and proving effective. We are now building on the momentum of this fantastic beginning to develop a strong and meaningful network that benefits everyone involved.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Georgie Blackmore, Alumnae Services Manager.

Rebecca Dougall, Headmistress

The mentoring process