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Cotham School

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Work Experience 

Year 10 work experience week will be  2 - 6 July 2018

Please see the link below to the work experience form (WEX) that needs to be returned to school.

Dates to return form:
Outside Bristol area 9 February 2018
Inside Bristol area 6 April 2018

Placement Search

Using the learn about work link - Students will need to find our school name and log on using the password and PIN number that has been provided. This will then allow students to search and look up companies that have been used for work experience in the past. It will give the address, contact name and contact number and a job description.  




2018 Airbus UK Work Experience Programme

Online applications for students open 6 December 2017 and close on 12 January 2018.Applications for friends and family are encouraged. To apply, please send a CV and Covering letter with the dates you would prefer, to before 12 January 2018. Please indicate in the subject field which site you wish to apply
to, Filton or Broughton.

Click here to view the poster


Bristol Museums Work Experience

Bristol Museums offer Year 10 students Work Experience. If you are interested please speak to or email Mrs Arnold as soon as possible.

Click here to view the flyer


Bright Sparks - Work Experience Programme

Launched in 2013 our bespoke programme was developed to allow school students from a variety of backgrounds to gain skills and experience by participating in workshops and group projects, presenting to business people as well as experiencing life in a busy law firm.  It forms part of our commitment to PRIME to offer fair access to quality work experience. Over the years we have received very positive feedback from the students themselves, parents and teachers. 

Each summer we provide 24 placements, 12 students per week, aimed at Year 10 to Year 12.  We very much welcome applications from a wide range of schools. 

Dates are as follows:

  • Week 1: 18-22 June 2018
  • Week 2: 2-6 July 2018

Students will be required to apply online via our website.  The application form will be available early December and will close on Sunday 28 January 2018. 


WEX opportunity with Arup Bristol

The closing date for applications is Friday 16 February 2018 (applications will not be considered after this date)

The Arup Bristol office is currently looking for year 10 students who would be interested to come for a 1 week summer placement.

Click here for application form – you will see the dates have not been confirmed so I would be grateful if your students could specify their availability.

Unfortunately we will not be in a position to confirm the placement dates until the deadline for applications has closed. This is because we will try to accommodate the majority of the successful candidates.

The completed forms should be returned to this email address.


The National Composites Centre WEX opportunity

The National Composites Centre is offering an exciting week long work experience to inspire students to become an engineer of the future.  The aim of the work experience is to help students to make the right career decisions. During the week students will get an insight into the NCC’s 4 capabilities: Design and Simulation, Materials and Processes, Advanced Composite Manufacturing and Digital Manufacturing, Automation and Tooling and a day with one of our main customers.

The dates for work experience are for the week commencing 2 July - 6 July 2018. The application process will be open from Thursday 5 October – Sunday 31 December. Applications will be reviewed after the closing date and we aim to respond to all students by Friday 16 February 2018.

To apply for this, please either email Laura Glynn directly on or apply through the website -



After a successful pilot run last year, Circomedia will be offering a placement for up to eight young people in late June / early July of next year.  The aim for the Work Experience week is to give Year 10 learners a taste of working in the creative arts industry. Of course there will the opportunity to try out some circus but the placement is designed to be much broader than that, with the chance to learn from Circomedia's technical team, marketing manager and head of fundraising and development.

Since there are only eight places on offer, there is a simple application process. 

Please click here to download the application form. All applications will be considered and successful applicants will be informed by the end of March 2018.

Click here to view more information

WS Atkins - Engineering Consultants

Week 1: 25/06/2018 – 29/06/2018

Week 2: 09/07/2018 – 13/07/2018

Click here to download the Application form which should be sent with an accompanying CV to


Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic will be running a work experience week for 25 Year 10 Students from 2-6 July 2018.

During this week the group will:

  • Gain an insight into the everyday running's of a leading regional theatre
  • Learn about the diverse range of jobs available in the theatre
  • Take part in a variety of workshops led by different departments such as Box Office, Producing, Marketing and Engagement
  • Meet a range of other young people interested in theatre
  • Complete the Bronze Arts Award

Placements will be allocated via an application form and an interview.

Click here for the application form


St Monica Trust

St Monica Trust have Work Experience opportunities, please see link and application form.

Also Fowlers of Bristol have placements in different departments - they are filling up quickly so if you are interested please see Mrs Arnold.

  • Scooters/main showroom motorcycles
  • Off road
  • Workshops
  • Graphics
  • Accessories 

Teacher Training and Work Experience placements at Cotham

We support a variety of Initial Teacher Training Programmes at Cotham and work closely with Higher Education providers in order to provide high quality training programmes.  We are committed to this work and feel that it is an important function of the school to invest in the training and development of teachers.

We are often overwhelmed by requests for lesson observations, work experience and teacher training placements. Though delighted at the interest in our school we are unable to support additional requests for placements, outside of those we engage in with our Higher Education partners, due to pressure on staffing and resources in school.