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Work Experience

In Year 10, Braunton Academy students engage in a week's work experience. The onus is on students to find a placement and this helps them find out about a prospective career pathway. Students can investigate any career in any location they wish within the UK. The only limitation is that the placement must be health and safety checked and have Employer and Public Liability Insurance cover. In the past, students have undertaken placements all over the UK.

Work Experience is invaluable in finding out about the world of work and beginning to apply the skills that students are developing at Braunton Academy. It is all about helping the students achieve economic well being and giving more relevance to their learning so that they can make a positive contribution to the school's community.

In 2008 the school was awarded the 'Investors in Enterprise and Work Related Learning' Award in recognition of the quality of our careers and vocational programmes.

In 2013 Careers South West compiled destinations data for the 2012 cohorts in all of the 37 state secondary schools in Devon county. We were immensely proud to be in the top 3 state schools in Devon.

(Colyton Grammar 1st, Teign School 2nd and Braunton Academy 3rd out of 37 State secondary schools in Devon County).

•96.7% of former students are at College, Sixth forms or in employment with good quality training/apprenticeships.
•0.7% are employed with no training.
•0% are Not in Employment Education or Training(NEET).
•2.7% have relocated to other parts of the country.

Many of our former students go on to succeed at top Universities.

In the summer of 2010 we were delighted to become an investors in careers school.

There are a wide range of work experience opportunities that our Year 10 students can engage in every year. We are always very grateful to local employers who do an excellent job at mentoring our students on work placements. There are several useful sites that students may find useful in checking out. Try the following links:

2023 - 2024

Our work experience for the academic year 2023 - 2024 will take place the week beginning Monday 20th May 2024.  Below are links to the letters sent out to parents and students.  There are also links to a letter to be handed to any potential employer and the placement form, which needs to be completed and returned to us at the Academy.  Please ensure the placement form is completed and signed on both sides before returning to us.  The deadlines to return to the completed paperwork to us are:-

For placements outside of the South West - 9th February 2024

For placements within the South West – 14th March 2024

After these dates, health and safety checks are unlikely to be completed, will incur a fee, and the school may not be able to validate the placement.

Letter to students regarding work experience 2024

Letter to students with instructions to access Grofar website

Letters to parents regarding work experience 2024

Letters to work experience employers regarding work experience 2024

Work experience placement form 2024

If you have any questions or your child needs help finding a placement, please either contact Mr Parsons, Head of Character & Vocational Education, at or Mrs Martin, the Work Experience Administrator, at

2022 - 2023

Our work experience for the academic year 2022 - 2023 took place the week beginning Monday 22nd May 2023 and was a great success.  

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