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Work Experience February 23rd-27th 2015

Published on 1st November 2014

Dear Parent/Carer

As you know all Year 10 pupils will be spending a week on work experience next year.  Work experience is:

  • an opportunity to experience the demands of adult working life
  • a chance to practice employability skills
  • a part of a pupil’s personal and social development
  • a major part of their careers education and guidance

Obviously it is desirable to place a pupil in a job which they may want to do in the future.  However, this cannot always be guaranteed.

Unfortunately, due to recent Government cuts in Education Services, Nottinghamshire County   Council have significantly increased the cost of Health & Safety checking for Work Experience placements. In previous years it cost the school £13 per placement, this figure has increased to £31 for this academic year. Whilst the school is committed to all students experiencing a worthwhile work placement, the overall cost for this year will be £6200. In light of this we are requesting a contribution of £10 per pupil from parents (please send the payment into Student Reception, in an envelope with your child’s name and tutor, for the attention of Mrs Bettinson). As always, out of county placements will need to be paid in full by parents. If you wish to discuss this please contact either myself or Mr S Roe, Head of Upper school.

I have a number of placements which I am able to offer to pupils, but these amount to less than 100.  I will have to rely, therefore, on pupils finding their own placements.

If they do find their own placement, they must give me details, in writing, which should include the contact name and number, the name of the company, address and description of the placement. I will then make sure it has been checked for Health and Safety.

A good way of finding placements is to go to:

This website has all of the companies which have ever offered placements to schools in Nottingham.  It does not necessarily mean that they will automatically offer this year.  You will need to contact them first. Another way is to send a letter to a company you would like to work for.

If students wish to find a placement, it must not be one that I have already been offered by an employer.  To check this your son/daughter must come to see me.  The emphasis here is on the pupils taking the initiative. This is an ideal opportunity for them to demonstrate a responsible and mature approach to their own Work Experience.

I look forward to your cooperation in this venture. Please do not hesitate to speak to me if you need clarification.

Yours sincerely


Mrs Bettinson
Work Experience Coordinator

Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FT
0115 9286 326 |
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