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Orchard School Bristol

Work Experience

At Orchard School Bristol, we work in collaboration with a number of local businesses and organisations to provide our students with valuable work experience, and opportunities to develop new skills and build their confidence. 

Work experience allows students to immerse themselves in the 'world of work', and discover what different types of jobs and careers are available to them. Taking part in work experience can also provide you with a fantastic reference for when you apply to college, or for an apprenticeship. Find out more about Post-16 Options, here

Students are expected to contact employers themselves to replicate the process of job applications. To prepare students for work experience, we support them in: 

  • Mock interviews;
  • Writing applications, CVs and cover letters;
  • Finding a meaningful placement via one-to-ones and tutor time help and advice sessions

This year, Work Experience Week will not be able to run as usual due to lockdown restrictions, so Year 10 students will be offered the opportunity to apply for virtual work experience placements with a range of top employers across the UK. These placements range from 'insight days' to 5 day placements, and students will be able to gain experience of an industry they may want to work in.

Students can find out more information about current placements and how to apply on the Speakers for Schools and Springpod websites:

Information for Parents

At the bottom of this page, parents can find some useful information about how best to support their child with work experience, a letter outlining work experience in more detail and forms which will need to be completed by the family and the employer. 

If you have any questions related to work experience, or any other career-related enquiry, contact our WEX and Post-16 co-ordinator Rachel Thorne at