Alumnae and parents join other Medical & Allied Health Professionals for Careers Event at Sydenham High

Sydenham High welcomed professionals from all fields to school on the evening of Monday 14 October for the Medical and Allied Health Professionals Careers Event, the latest in the ongoing careers programme series held on AHPs Day 2019.

Even the rain could not dampen the enthusiasm of the 136 visitors from 75 families who attended, from Sydenham High as well as other neighbouring schools; Sydenham Girls, Dulwich College, JAGS and Old Palace. Pupils from years 9-13 had the opportunity to speak one-to-one with representatives from a range of professions – dentists, therapists, doctors, paramedics, nurses, physiotherapists, radiologists to name but a few – and relevant course providers such as the University of Leeds and the University of Surrey, alongside Guy’s and St Thomas’, South West London and St George’s, South London and Maudsley NHS Trusts and other professional bodies.

In addition there were talks from NHS Health Education England (HEE) on Nursing and Midwifery and I See the Difference – a three-year funded initiative to help raise awareness of the range of Allied Health Professions among young people.

We would like to extend our gratitude to all visiting professionals who generously gave up their time to attend and who included many from the Sydenham High community. It was particularly wonderful to welcome back two alumnae – Dr Aysha Waheed from King’s College Hospital, and Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Gayathri Perera – as well as GDST alumna and midwife Sophie Carr, and Women of the Future Ambassador and Speech and Language therapist, Shermeena Rabbi.

One visiting professional said:

Sincere gratitude to Sydenham High for giving us this wonderful opportunity to speak passionately about our profession. I was impressed by the confidence and keenness of the girls.

Could you help?

We always love to hear from alumnae and parents who are willing to share their professional expertise and career experiences with current pupils and recent leavers. There are a number of opportunities throughout the year as part of our careers events, mentoring and enrichment programmes. Please contact us to find out more: .