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Curriculum: Work Experience

Every year, during Curriculum Enrichment Week, Year 10 students take part in the Work Experience programme. On this page you will find useful documents relating to Work Experience.
There is also an article from the weekly bullletin which should give you an idea of the kind of placements enjoyed by previous Year 10s.

Approval and Consent Form

Information for Parents and Carers

Information for Employers

Risk Assessments, suitable for a wide range of placements, are available from the school.

For further information, or if you would be interested in offering one of our lovely students a placement, please email stephensg@richardlander.cornwall.sch.uk


A Successful Week’s Work Experience for Year 10

Last week saw Year 10 students going out into the working world to find out what it means to hold down a full time job. With over 250 students taking part, the placements were a mammoth task for Mrs Abbott and Mr Stephens to organise but somehow they did it!

Students found placements with a wide range of different employers; including retail outlets, factories, primary schools, hairdressers, restaurants, hotels, estate agents, colleges and hospitals, Devon and Cornwall Police, Pendennis Shipyard, local builders and engineering firms.
Most students found placements locally, and some even impressed their employers so much that they have managed to land paid summer jobs. Richard Lander School is very grateful to all the local businesses that opened their doors and hearts to our students, in what is an incredibly valuable opportunity for every pupil involved.

Some adventurous students travelled a long way to do their work experience. Billy Stone travelled to London to work with Monitise Create, Owen Davey also travelled to the capital and was working in the city with ADM. Tiegan Robinson went to Arnold Seely C of E Primary School in Nottinghamshire. Briana Pascoe was fortunate enough to spend a week with Seasalt on the Isles of Scilly.

Once again, Work Experience has proved to be really successful programme and we have already had glowing reports from many of the placements, and very positive feedback from the students. Tony Wong Breakfast and Lunchtime Manager at The Alverton wrote “ I have had the pleasure of having Spencer Wilcock with me at The Alverton for work experience this week. I am pleased to say that Spencer has exceeded my expectations, he was wonderful to work with, as an individual and also as a part of the team.” Student, Jaycob Mcmillan, spent the week working with Pete Lethbridge Stainless Steel Fabrication at their workshop in St Kew and on site at Mawgan Porth.  Jacob really enjoyed his time: “I was able to fabricate a stainless steel money box, I also helped to fit stainless steel balcony rails at Mawgan Porth. Pete said: ”Seeing Jay fit in with the guys was great, he is very enthusiastic and enjoys a challenge. I believe he has a future in engineering. We have enjoyed having him with us, he is a credit to his parents and did his school proud, Welcome any time.”

Owen Davey wrote: “I went to London for the week to work with ADM, a trading company, it was a great experience, not only the job but the manic pace of city life.” Billy Stone wrote:  “I was shown how they create apps for clients, including Fifa. At the end of the week I presented a slide show about what I had learnt and how it made me think about the world of work.” Briana on the Scillies wrote: “I had a sense of responsibility which I had not experienced before, I worked behind the scenes, on the shop floor and used the till. I also got a summer job out of my experience which is another great bonus.” Amy Hume and Anya O’ Connor spent the week at Lily Tearooms in Shortlanesend, they have both been offered work during the summer as a result of their time there. Owen Harvey at BLAS Perranporth Airfield wrote: “I went on a flight test in a Cessna 172 and had a quick go at the controls!!!!”

Well done to all the students who managed to conquer their fears and try something which put them out of their comfort zone. By being punctual, reliable, polite and keen to learn, you have made us very proud.

Thank you to my work experience placement, Stephen, for helping me out, and taking several of the photos in this week’s bulletin

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