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:
2022 - 2023
Our work experience for the academic year 2022 - 2023 will take place the week beginning Monday 22nd May 2023. 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 - 10th February 2023
For placements within the South West – 20th March 2023
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.
If you have any questions or your child needs help finding a placement, please either contact Mr Parsons, Head of Character & Vocational Education, at email@example.com or Mrs Martin, the Work Experience Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
NHS Work Experience
The NHS Foundation Trust are offering work experience at North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple, from Monday 3rd – Friday 7th July 2023 and will cover various departments within the hospital.
If your child is interested in a career in healthcare, please ask them to email the completed application form below to Lucy Warner, Young Workforce Facilitator, at email@example.com by Friday 9th December. As this programme is always oversubscribed the forms will be shortlisted, so please take time and complete all of the application form before submitting it. Interviews are scheduled to take place in the weeks beginning the 16th & 23rd January 2023 but the exact date and time will be sent out nearer the time.
As the NHS are mindful of the age and safety of the students, they cannot offer any year 10 work experience outside of this week. Therefore, any requests received after 9th December and before July 2023 will be rejected.
Please note that this opportunity is in addition to the Academy’s work experience week in May. Students who are successful in obtaining a placement with the NHS will also need to find a work experience placement for the week of 22nd – 26th May 2023.
2021 - 2022
Our work experience for the academic year 2021 - 2022 took place the week beginning Monday 23rd May 2022 and was a great success.