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Uxbridge High School

Uxbridge High school strongly believes that work experience plays a crucial part in helping young people make decisions about their future careers, and helps to develop skills that are vital in the modern labour market.  Work experience is an integral part of the school’s wider programme of careers education and work related learning (learning about work, learning through work, learning for work).

The work experience process
Year 9 students will take part in ‘Take your child to work day’ at the beginning of the autumn term and Year 10 will attend an own find placement for one day in the spring term, alongside a careers day. All students in Year 12 will be expected to undertake a one week placement in either October or February half term. 
The process begins at different stages for each year group with Year 12 in the autumn term, Year 10 in the spring term and Year 9 in the summer term with an information assembly, followed by the distribution of application forms to Year 12 and parent consent forms for Years 9, 10 and 12.  As soon as these forms are returned to school, the Work Experience Co-ordinator will begin to place students according to their requests (wherever possible or practicable).  Where students find their own placements, the school will still require formal confirmation from the employer.
Once Year 12 students have been placed, their details are passed to an independent third party for health and safety checking.  Most placements pass the check, but where a placement fails, the student will not be able to attend the placement and an alternative will be sought if time allows.
During the Placement

Students are expected to complete either a booklet (Year 9 & 10) or project (Year 12) whilst on their placement, which they will be informed about prior to their placement.  During the course of their placement they will receive a telephone call.  The purpose of this is to check that everything is going well from the point of view of the student and the employer.

If a student is unable to attend a placement for some reason, e.g. illness, they are expected to notify both the employer and the school first thing in the morning.


In the week following placements, students will work in their tutor groups to complete the evaluation sections of their booklet and will collectively plan and produce a poster (Year 9), draw up a plan for what they need to do/learn/research to get into their chosen career (Year 10) or give a presentation to the remainder of their form groups (Year 12).  They are also expected to write letters of thanks to their employers. All students who attend a placement will receive a certificate of completion.


Due to the current climate, we have adapted these activities by introducing virtual work experience. These opportunities will provide our students with an insight into what it's like to work in an industry or job role whilst at school. The experiences will range from half a day to one week depending on the nature of the work experience.  Some will be open to everyone and provide a platform for students to discover more about the job, view pre-recorded videos on what's it like to work within an organisation, go on virtual tours and take part in some live Q&A sessions. Others may require the student to go through an application process and offer regular online meetings with a supervisor, individual project work, networking sessions, training opportunities and video tutorials.
We also encourage students to participate in these activities in their own time and can refer to our Careers Resources and Virtual Platform to assist.