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Work Experience

Work Experience is an integral part of our school careers programme and usually takes place during the first two weeks of Year 11.  Students are encouraged to take full responsibility for their placement, although support is available, contacting potential employers, writing personal statements and application letters during Year 10.

Work Experience is well received by the vast majority of our students and there have been some outstanding placements over the years.  This usually helps our students to be informed about possible future careers, although in some cases this has had the opposite effect!

All of our placements receive a full risk assessment through our Education Business Partners and we have been supported by a wide variety of local and national companies in providing this opportunity.

Some recent comments from Thornden students about work experience:

Helped me consider what I would like to do for a future career and gain valuable skills.

I loved working in the design print studio - it helped with my Graphics GCSE.

I really enjoyed doing something different. I think it will also help in the future when applying for jobs.

I enjoyed meeting new people and learning new things everyday

I feel more prepared with organising myself ready for college.

Highlight of my time at Thornden, I enjoyed being treated as an adult.

I wish I had chosen a more challenging placement.