Work Experience is intrinsically valuable. It helps develop a knowledge and understanding of work and enterprise and it develops employability skills. This is an opportunity to have a first hand experience of work, to explore interests and to have a foretaste of life after education.
Introducing teenagers to the world of work is crucial. The jump between education and employment can be a big leap and so we reinforce our post GCSE programme by inviting all Harrodian 15s (Year 11) to take part in Work Experience between their final GCSE examination and the end of the summer term.
The placements last for between one and two weeks and pupils are asked to research and find their own placement – but not at their parents’ places of work. Parents may help their children to find placements and may use any suitable contacts the family has. (If you are willing to offer a placement to a Harrodian pupil please contact Miss Hames, who organises the Work Experience programme.) If any pupil struggles to find a suitable opening, Miss Hames can also offer assistance. We provide administrative assistance in terms of written expectations for the pupils and the employers, together with evaluation sheets for both parties.
The Work Experience placement is organised by the Easter holiday so that it does not have to be considered during the final preparations for GCSEs.
Virtually all Harrodian leavers go on to Higher education and we offer a great deal of advice about courses and careers.
The 13s (Year 9) follow a programme devised by the Connexions service. This not only helps them to select their optional GCSE courses but also to examine a huge database of professions, considering what they entail and what qualifications are required.
In the 15s (Year 11) all pupils sit The Preview Test, organised by Cambridge Occupational Analysts, which provides a detailed analysis of their suitability for a wide range of careers. The testing is followed up by an individual interview with a specialist and these discussions further inform A Level choices, university and career choices.