Careers NetworkingOn the evening of Monday 12th March, seven of our Sixth Form girls headed to 11 Pimlico Road in London (pictured) as part of a new initiative which seeks to connect current Calne girls with alumnae working in a particular field. At the request of the girls, our first event focused on Fashion and Interior Design and we were joined by five Old Girls each with their own story to tell.

Amy Kent left St Mary’s in 1995 and launched Amy Kent Bespoke Rugs in 2005. Her handmade rugs, crafted in India and Kathmandu can be found in homes and businesses all around the world and girls were able to explore her extensive range of unique designs. Chessie Grievson (2003 Leaver) launched her business Tephi during the credit crunch. The philosophy behind her brand is to create the most beautiful and elegant dresses and you may well have seen some of her designs being worn by Pippa Middleton at Wimbledon last year. Charlotte Clabburn, now an Interior Designer, left in 1995 and went on to read English Literature at Oxford University. She then decided that she wanted a change in direction and subsequently graduated from KLC School of Design with Honours and set up her own business. Tilly Noel (1990 Leaver) is a shoe designer for FLY London. She shared with the girls the benefits of working for a bigger brand and the opportunities this brings. Beetle Spicer (2013 Leaver) graduated from Warwick with a degree in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology before embarking on a course in millinery at the British School of Millinery.

A leisurely dinner and some hot seating provided a fantastic opportunity for our girls to hear about carving out a career in this diverse field. The conversations didn’t stop and girls were able to gain a unique insight into this constantly evolving world. It was particularly interesting to learn about the commercial elements as well as the creative aspects of the work of our Old Girls and, again, we learnt about the need to follow your passion and work hard to fulfil your ambitions. Another element of the evening was sharing stories about how life has changed at St Mary’s and it was certainly good fun to hear girls reminisce about their experiences and fond recollections of teachers.

Miss Lianne Aherne, Director of Sixth Form, Higher Education and Professional Guidance