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Sussex school pupils’ networking event set to go national
7:40pm Wednesday 8th May 2013 in News
A private girls’ school which holds an annual networking party for its pupils has inspired a plan to introduce them nationwide.
Burgess Hill School for Girls stages formal dinners, attended by up to 250 businesspeople as well as pupils and teachers, for the past three years.
And the Girls’ School Association, which represents private schools, is so impressed it plans to encourage the heads of its other 170 members across the country to follow suit at its annual conference in the autumn.
The dinners were introduced by headteacher Ann Aughwane after her daughter Sara told her how daunting she found formal business events when she started her career as a lawyer.
The school’s deputy head, Elizabeth Laybourn, who organises the annual dinners said: “The guests we ask range from local businesspeople to people in specialised jobs.
“The pupils do get nervous but we also ask younger girls to waitress at the dinners so that by the time they reach the sixth form they know what to expect.”
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