Careers - Work Experience

Dates for 2018 Work Experience are 2nd - 6th July 2018

Is it possible that you or your employer could assist us with a placement? If you can help then please contact
Mrs E Paterson, Head of Careers Advice and Guidance on 01689 869933 or email


Work Experience 3rd – 7th July 2017

This year 221 students experienced the real world when undertaking their work experience placement. The students enjoyed a varied spectrum of working environments ranging from working at The House of Lords, Capital Radio Station, Direct Line Insurance & Bank of America to name a few.

The main aim is to help the students prepare for the change from school to employment and give them first hand experience of the differences as part of their education. The programme helps students develop their skills, talents and aptitude in a very short space of time away from school and broadens their understanding of the world of work.

The programme is introduced to students during the Autumn Term with particular emphasis being placed on each student to take ownership in finding a placement that incorporates their aspirations and career thoughts for the future. All we ask is that the employers have Employers Liability Insurance in place and following a successful Health and Safety visit the placement is good to go!

This is followed by a series of interviews with the Careers Team to ensure an appropriate placement is matched with geographical area of choice, skills, and capabilities and provides an opportunity for students to continue their investigation into careers.

What did the students do?

A wide variety of placements were taken by the Students, many of these were found by the student themselves. This gave them the opportunity to explore a positive working environment.

Range of Companies Used

Range of Companies Used 2017 WEX

Where did the students go?

The school is able to offer placements, not only in the immediate local area, but also further afield in London. A substantial number if students gained a wider view of the working world by undertaking the daily ‘commute’.

Range of WEX locations

Range of Locations 2017 WEX

What did the students, tutors and employers say about work experience?

Upon their return to school, each student completes an evaluation form and participates in a de-briefing interview. The aim is to give them the opportunity to talk about their experiences and identify any personal development areas they may need to address. This is also a good opportunity to encourage students to find out more about careers, either in the area within which they worked, or elsewhere. The tutors and employers also have their say when the student receives a visit whilst on his/her work experience placement.

Satisfaction Survey 2017 WEX

Intro Letter to Parents Yr12 Work Experience
Yr 12 Own Placement Form
Yr 12 Own Placement Guidance Notes