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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:

Work experience and your safety
Connexions advice on work experience

2021 - 2022

Our work experience for the academic year 2021 - 2022 will take place the week beginning Monday 23rd May 2022.  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 placement 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 - 7th February 2022

For placements within the South West - 21st March 2022

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 2022

Letters to parents regarding work experience 2022

Letters to work experience employers regarding work experience 2022

Work experience placement form 2022

In the current situation with the ongoing Covid pandemic, we recognise that for students to undertake a work experience it will be dependent on a number of health and safety considerations.  We will monitor the Covid situation and should it not be considered safe or appropriate to continue with a placement, then the work experience will be cancelled. 

If you have any questions of your child needs help finding a placement, please either contact Mr Parsons, Aspire Leader, at or Mrs Martin, the Work Experience Administrator, at

NHS Work Experience

The NHS work experience takes place in the summer at the North Devon District Hospital. 

There are separate application forms for those wishing to pursue clinical or non-clinical work experience.  Due to the number of students they have in the Trust, they cannot accommodate any year 10 requests outside of their allocated period. 

If your son/daughter is interested in taking part in this, they should complete and email the attached application form to Lucy Warner, Young Workforce Facilitator, at the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust at by Monday 6th December 2021

Please note:-

  • Applications will be shortlisted, so do complete all areas and include a strong supporting statement.

  • Shortlisted students will attend an interview to gain a place on the programme.

  • Parents must sign the forms (not type their names) 

  • OR send an email stating that they have read the whole application and

  •   - agree to their son/daughter undertaking the placement, 

  •   - have read and agree to the important information, confidentiality statement, photo consent and health declaration.

  • Submit the form electronically on or before Monday 6th December 2021.

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 23rd – 27th May 2022.

If you need any advice on completing the application form, or any questions about this work experience, please ask your son/daughter to see Mr Parsons or email

NHS Work Experience Application form 2022 - Clinical

NHS Work Experience Application form 2022 - Non-clinical