All New – Sixth Form Speaker Programme

Coming this September 2020

As part of our continued Sixth Form Enrichment and learning beyond the classroom, and in line with feedback from the recent feedback questionnaire we sent our girls, we are delighted to announce the launch of the new Rye Visiting Speakers Programme in September 2020. This programme will give pupils the chance to get under the skin of things they may not normally have the opportunity to – for them to explore the ‘what else’.

Every month, pupils will hear from a visitor who is an expert in their field – whether this be an area of work, specific project, genuine hobby/interest or research topic. Girls will have the opportunity to ask questions and, together, explore each topic further. Sessions will be monthly on a Wednesday afternoon at 1pm. We have decided to make attendance to these events compulsory for our Sixth Form Girls, and will be opening up the opportunity to our Year 10 and Year 11 pupils if they wish to attend.

The theme of the talks for the Michaelmas term is ‘Moving Forward’, and speakers will cover topics such as diversity, sustainability, and how to navigate the world into which pupils will be thrust at the end of their schooling.

Our first session will be on Wednesday 24 September at 1pm hosted by Louise Browning, an attorney based in the Cayman Islands. She will be speaking, via video, about the challenges of learning law in the modern world, and her experiences of university life in Scotland and England. She will be recording her talk specifically for us, and pupils are invited to send in questions for her to consider to Mrs Compton.

Introducing our first speaker – Louise

Miss Louise Browning has just been admitted as an attorney of law in the Cayman Islands, after being admitted to the UK bar in 2015. She attended Edinburgh University where she gained a first-class Masters of Arts in Classics, before completing a Master of Studies in Classics at Oxford University. She began her legal training at the College of Law in London- completing her LLB and her clerkship at Ashurst LLP. She went on to work with FTSE clients at Slaughter and May LLP, as well as advising the government on securitizing legacy mortgage assets around the 2008 financial crisis. In 2019 she won the Young Lawyers Essay Competition and went to be a panelist in the IBA Conference in Berlin, where she spoke on the challenges of interactions of law and FinTech. After her wedding in September, she takes up the Cayman Island bar for the global law firm OGIER.

Virtual Sixth Form Open Evening – Wednesday 18 November from 6.00pm.

We warmly invite you to experience our thriving Sixth Form – hear from staff and pupils and your opportunity to ask questions with our live Q&A session.