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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.  




The University of Bristol Faculty of Engineering

The University of Bristol Faculty of Engineering is offering the opportunity for some talented and fantastic Year 10  pupils to take part in Work Experience Week at the end of June. The week will involve seminars, hands-on challenges and exploration of our latest research and state-of-the-art labs to help students get a powerful understanding of life at university. The students will also be given the opportunity to talk to our current engineering students about what university life is like, what they can study and what kind of jobs might interest them after university.

We are looking for students who want to make a difference in the world, who are interested in technology and how it will affect our future and who are thinking about studying A-Level Mathematics after GCSEs.

Please ask any students you think may be interested in Work Experience Week to fill out this form.

Year 10 WEX Opportunites

We have been offered valuable placements for Work Experience from local employers

  • Rife Magazine, they are based at the Watershed. This would suit a student who had an interest in media/journalism. Please ask students to see Mrs Arnold if they are interested.
  • Premier Inn at Lewins Mead Bristol are offering one placement.
  • Coop High Kingsdown are offering two placements- Retail.
  • Racks in Clifton are offering one placement, this will be in the catering dept prepping food and cooking.
  • Cotham school, a placement in the Canteen, cooking and preparing food.
  • Taylor Woodow (Civil Engineering Company) Bristol are offering two placements with their engineering dept.
  • DHL Severn Beach site are offering a WEX programme that will give overview to life in logistics.  
  • Salvation Army are offering retail placements in their Charity shops.

Students need to see Mrs Arnold if they are interested in any of the above placements.

SS Great Britain Work Experience

Brunel's SS Great Britain are offering an amazing placement.  During the week students will have the opportunity to explore what working for a museum and Bristol’s number 1 tourist attraction is really like.  They will have the opportunity to take part in workshops with our marketing, visitor experience and conservation teams.  The students will be working on a group project which will also benefit the SS Great Britain, with the opportunity to present their ideas to staff at the end of the week.

  Click here for more information and Application Form


GKN Aerospace goes Live with Work Experience Programme

Click here for more information


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


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.



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


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.