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Work experience opportunities

Work experience programmes tailored to the individual

Year 11 pupils are given the opportunity to take part in our well-established work experience programme. Clay Hill School takes great care to tailor work placements to pupils’ needs, fitting the industry, role and placement duration around the individual. For example, some pupils will carry out their work placement one day per week for half a term, whereas others will complete their work experience in a short week-long block. Whatever the placement looks like, we always support the pupil, but can flex this to the individual’s requirements. Some may require a staff member to work shadow them for the duration of the placement, whereas others may need help travelling to/from their workplace.

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Local links for quality work placements

Clay Hill School understands that in order to be successful, a work placement must fully engage and interest the young person. We listen to the pupil’s views and carefully match work experience opportunities with the individual’s interests to ensure the best possible chance of a valuable placement. As a school, we have strong links with a number of local organisations, including:

  • A range of local businesses via the Education Business Partnership South
  • Local businesses and neighbouring educational provisions

A wide range of placements

Clay Hill School offers a range of broad range of placements, which is particularly unusual for an ASC school. Our pupils have previously undertaken work experience in a variety of industries, including:

  • Catering
  • Conservation (e.g. Pond Head Conservation Trust)
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality
  • Leisure (e.g. Golf Clubs)
  • Local riding stables
  • Retail (e.g. a cycle shop)
  • Stud farm