Student Work Experience

Work experience remains a very important part of life in Chipping Campden School. It is undertaken in Year 10 and Year 12. In 2022-23, Work experience for Year 10 will be June 26th to June 30th 2023 inclusive.  Work experience for Year 12 will run from July 10th – 14th 2023 inclusive.

Work placements provide our students with a wonderful opportunity to gain a better understanding of what goes on in a place of work. It allows our students to work with professional employees and to take on tasks which will allow them to work independently within a working environment. Students get a much better understanding of working practices and develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviours to allow them to progress further in training and education.

Feedback from previous years has pointed towards Work Experience being particularly useful in giving our students a very realistic insight in the place of work. Student have reported back that they particularly value the opportunity to learn how to work independently, act on their initiative, follow instructions, and take an active part in team work. For the school, it has played a valuable role in helping our young people to think about their own career and aspirations.

There are guidelines concerning work placements which will be set down by the school and these must be followed. For example, students will not be allowed to work for parents and every ‘job’ chosen must have a recognised career structure. Equally, work placements have to be approved by school before they can be accepted, and certain jobs may be deemed too dangerous, e.g. working with some forms of machinery. More information will be supplied at a later date. Students may consider placements throughout the South West and West Midlands area. However, remaining local is prefered due the convenience of travel.

Students need to find placements as early as possible. Many employers work on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis for taking work experience students. The Work Experience Placement Request Form is attached and must be completed by you as parent and the placement representative before returning it to school for approval.

All students will be insured to work on premises that have been approved by the school. It is also hoped that parents who have a business of their own will give consideration to take a student for a work experience programme.

Please contact Mr Slattery at school if you have any queries. Mr Slattery can be contacted on 01386-840216 or emailed at


Students in every year group are given access to Unifrog. This is an outstanding Careers Related website which brings all the information required into one single, impartial, and user friendly platform that helps students to make the best choices, and submit the strongest applications. It allows students to investigate careers, career pathways, places of study, apprenticeships, work experience, well-being, and many other very useful careers information. The Unifrog Scheme of Work which the school follows for each year group is available to download from the downloads section at the bottom of the page. The Unifrog Company has provided excellent support to Chipping Campden School. All students have an online account. Parents are also able to set up their own basic account to familiarise themselves with the platform. Please email Mr Slattery for access.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance on learning, training, career choice, career development, job search, and the labour market. It can be accessed online, by telephone, and face to face (for people aged 19 and over). The National Careers Service is available to anyone aged 13+ no matter what stage of the careers journey they are at. 

For a video giving oversight of our careers programme, click on this presentation by Mr Slattery.