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Leading up to the half term break, Year 10 students took part in a two-week period of work experience, where they had opportunities to experience the world of work through a superb range of placements, both locally and further afield.

Marks & Spencer, Park Air, Tesco, Peterborough United FC, John Lewis, Bauer Media, solicitors, architects, vets and local primary and nursery schools were just some of the 200+ organisations who provided a placement to help students develop their employability skills and experience a taste of what it is really like to go out to work!

A number of students have been offered Saturday and holiday jobs and some may have the opportunity to join an apprenticeship programme following their exams next year. The school received excellent feedback from the organisations involved and many remarked on the outstanding contribution students had made during the fortnight.

Comments from employers include:

“Megan is a godsend. She interacts extremely well with the pupils and is one of the best work experience students we have had.’’

“Chloe has been brilliant.  Meeting and greeting customers – she is a natural and working very hard.  A pleasure to have her with us.”

We have three students across two of our salons and they are all doing very well.  We really hope they apply for the hairdressing apprenticeship at the end of next year.

“Mohammed is very well thought of by all members of staff and has fitted in extremely well. He is working on a project to present to us at the end of the week and has been a very polite gentleman with an excellent work ethic.”

Mrs Linda Taylor who manages the work experience programme said:

“We would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to all the companies and organisations that have provided a placement to our students. We really appreciate the time and resources that are involved in providing work experience and value their support.

We are proud of the way students conducted themselves and this experience will enable them to further develop their work related skills and help in their future career planning. An opportunity to experience the world of work at first hand enables students to consider their post 16 options more realistically and discover the qualifications and pathways required for them to reach their career goal”


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