Work experience forms a very important part of the curriculum in Year 10.

Their placements will give students the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of the world of work, learn new skills and form a better idea about future career goals.
As such, we ask all parents to support us in encouraging their child to secure a relevant and meaningful placement.

In 2020 students will complete a two week placement from Monday 22nd June until Friday 3rd July.

Please note that students can either go to one placement for the full fortnight, or they can go to two different placements.

Students can also, if they wish, organise a self-placement for one week and use the database facility for the other week.

All placements are checked and risk assessed for suitability by who have been allocated this responsibility by the Department of Education, Sport and Culture.

For more information about, please see the following link –


Important dates for 2020 –

Thursday 9th January The 2020 Work Experience Programme will be launched to Year 10 students during an assembly (Introduction letters handed out during tutor time on Friday 10th January)

Monday 3rd February Students able to access Placement Database

Friday 13th March Deadline for Database selections

Wednesday 22nd April Deadline for Self-Placements

Monday 11th May Deadline for returning Agreement Forms

Please note that the above are STRICT deadlines. Self-Placement or Agreement Forms received after the deadline will not be accepted by the Work Experience Coordinator unless there are exceptional circumstances.

What is Work Experience?

You may be based in a shop, office or large organisation, carrying out tasks just like a normal employee. It’s a real chance to learn about a job and what work is all about. All sorts of benefits can be gained from doing a work placement – you find out about your strengths, improve your skills and abilities, explore an area of work you may be considering as future career, gain first-hand experience of what is needed to do well in a job, and build personal confidence for now and the future. Work experience also shows that, whatever the job, we never stop learning!

What if I still have questions, worries or concerns as a student or as a parent?

Miss Riley (Director of Work Based learning) coordinates the Work Placement Scheme at Queen Elizabeth II High School. She is very happy to talk to students or parents about any concerns or questions they may have. Do please call the school on 01624 841000 if you wish to discuss anything with her.

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