Work Experience 2017 Letter to Parents:

Dear Parent/Carer,

During the final week of the Summer Term 2017, your child will be undertaking a Work Experience placement at a business of their choosing. The dates for Work Experience for this academic year are 17th – 21st July 2017 (inclusive).

Our aim is for every Year 10 student to be involved in Work Experience. The information and experiences gained during time with employers can be used for; references for Post-16 choices and employment, supporting Post-16 choices and pathways and the development of employability skills and self-reflection and evaluation. Last year, 96% of our students felt that the experience helped motivate them towards trying their very best to achieve their target GCSE Grades and 92% of our students said that it was a valuable experience.

Students are, as far as possible, encouraged to take responsibility for organising their placements in order to allow them the full experience of what it would be like in employment, from applying for jobs to sustaining a job by meeting the expectations of the workplace with regards to punctuality, attendance, presentation and achievement. On this basis, we encourage students to approach businesses by writing a letter or making a telephone call to enquire as to whether they are offering work experience and how to apply. We would also suggest that students do not complete their work experience with direct family members in order to give them the broadest experience possible in preparation for entering employment in full. We are able to support students in placements both within the county and further afield.

In order to find a placement, students should use the local papers, internet and discussions with their subject teachers and Careers staff in school. Work experience is not a career matching exercise, but a chance to gain vital life experiences of the demands of work and the skills and qualities needed. While it is usually preferred by the student and their families that students use this time to experience a job role that they are interested in pursuing in the future, it is not always the case that this is a possibility. We therefore suggest that students focus on the wider benefits and make sure to secure a placement, regardless of whether this is for their future ideal career path or not. If your child requires some further support in their Career choices, they are encouraged to book an appointment with our Careers Adviser who is in school on a Thursday. Appointments can be made via Student Services and you are most welcome to attend alongside your child.

Please note that while students are on Work Experience they are still the responsibility of the school. It is therefore necessary that placements are approved by the school and, to this end, health and safety checks have to be made. These checks are undertaken by an external company who work alongside many other schools in the area. It is therefore vitally important that all required forms are returned by the deadline in order to allow time for these checks to be completed. Checks are regularly made on-site and must be made in order for a placement to be approved.

All of the relevant paperwork for completion has been distributed to students. Please be reminded that the sooner a student approaches a business, the more likely they are to secure their preference.  Spare forms are available in reception.

Therefore, in order to make sure that the process runs smoothly, we will require that every student has arranged their work experience placement by Friday 7th April 2017.

Your child has also been given an assembly outlining all of the areas above but we are eager to secure your support in making this a successful process and experience for your child. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me via email: ellie.o’




Invitationto talk to NHS staff about Allied Health Professional roles and Healthcare Scientist professions


Do you have students aged 14 – 18 years who are interested in Allied Health Professional or Healthcare Scientist professions in the NHS?

They would be most welcome to attend the Recruitment event being held on Saturday 28th January, 10am – 1pm, Sandford Education Centre, Cheltenham General Hospital.

The morning will give students an opportunity to chat to staff working in Diagnostic Radiography, Speech and Language Therapy, Medical Physics & Healthcare Science, Operating Department Practitioners, Medical Engineering, Podiatry and more.

Details are on the attached poster and students can contact  for more information and to let us know that they are attending or book a place via the Eventbrite page (link on poster).

Students can also research these careers at



As your point of contact for RAF Careers Familiarisation Visits to Royal Air Force Cosford, I am seeking to raise awareness of RAF career opportunities.  The RAF needs quality individuals for service in the RAF; to this end, RAF Cosford offers dynamic RAF Careers Familiarisation Visits:

Aircraft Technician (with discrete Weapons Technician & Survival Equipment Fitter familiarisation as required)

24   January                  Mechanical;

25   January                  Avionics;

1     February                Avionics

2     February                Mechanical;

28   March                     Mechanical;

29   March                     Avionics;

10   May                         Mechanicl;

11   May                         Avionics;

21   June                        Mechanical;

22   June                        Avionics;

4     July                           Mechanical;

5     July                           Avionics;

Cyberspace Communications Specialist (ICT Technician)

26 January

7 February

9 March

4 April

9 May

18 May

20 June

6   July

13 July

RAF Police

6      February

27    February

17    May

15   June

Engineering Officer (Aerospace Systems and Communications Electronics);

31    January

28    February

29    March

24    May

30    June

11   July

Personnel Training Officer (Physical Training Instructor familiarisation also available as required on these dates);

19   January

8     March

23   May

12   July


RAF trades are accredited Modern Apprenticeships (please see attached). So, students may apply to join the RAF from 15 years and 9 months old on the basis of their predicted GCSE grades, with a view to enlisting on or soon after their 16th birthday subject to satisfactory exam results – hence, they can ‘earn while they learn’ (currently starting at circa £15K).

Candidates are expected to be conversant with  which provides useful background and context. Visits are entirely free with lunch provided gratis  too – all you have to do is turn up with well-motivated students promptly by 0955 in smart casual attire (suit or jacket and tie for officer candidates) armed with a genuine interest in what the RAF has to offer.

Visits often involve candidates undertaking practical exercises, for which protective clothing is provided; Visits are rarely undersubscribed and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Nominations should include student’s name, email address, date of birth and a contact number. Transport details will also be needed as well as staff and driver’s names too, please.

For planning purposes:

Assemble:     0955 hours prompt at Main Gate RAF Cosford WV7 3EX; Cosford railway station is opposite the Main Gate. Please ensure you allow for travel delays.

Dispersal:      1515 hrs from Main Gate car park


Squadron Leader Andy Thayne | Community Careers Liaison Officer| Building 156, Royal Air Force Cosford, Wolverhampton WV7 3EX| ( mil: 95561 Ext 7232 | ( civi: +44 (0) 1902 377232| 3 mobile: +44 (0) 7989 398442 | *  or


Public Sector Recruitment Event – 12th November

Gloucestershire is holding a joint public sector recruitment event on Saturday 12th November, 10:00am-4:30opm at Jurys Inn, Cheltenham.


Each employer will have a stand where students can talk to them about current vacancies and working in the NHS. There will also some speaker sessions happening during the day. Topics include mental health, working in general practice, nursing in the community, return to practice nursing and apprenticeships.

The link for the booking site can be found here:
(or you can just turn up on the day!)