Individualised work experience programmes
Clay Hill School provides Year 11 pupils with the opportunity to access a bespoke work experience programme. Every element of the work experience offered by the school is purposely kept flexible so that we can tailor each young person’s placement around their individual needs. For example, some pupils may carry out a week-long block, whereas for others, it might be more appropriate to work one day per week over a longer period of time.
We also provide as much or as little support as is appropriate for the pupil throughout the course of their work experience. For some this will involve work shadowing, for others it may involve help with independent travel skills.
A coordinated approach to finding placements
In order to be successful, it is vital that the young person is engaged in their placement. We therefore always take the pupil’s views into consideration when organising work experience. By matching placements with an individual’s interests, we hope pupils are more likely to apply themselves and have a successful placement. Clay Hill School has good links with a number of organisations and companies to ensure we can secure opportunities in industries that appeal to our young people. These include links with:
- Southampton City College and their business list
- A range of local businesses via the Solent Education Business Partnership
- Local businesses and neighbouring educational provisions
A wide range of placements
Clay Hill School offers a range of broad range of placements, which is particularly unusual for an ASD school. Our pupils have previously undertaken work experience in a variety of industries, including:
- Local riding stables
- Conservation (e.g. Pond Head Conservation Trust)
- Retail (e.g. a cycle shop)
In addition to work experience placements, Clay Hill School also runs an annual Young Enterprise scheme, which allows pupils to gain an insight into the world of work. Pupils are given a loan from the school and supported to start their own business. This year’s group have chosen to open a ‘Free Trade Tuck Shop’ and are responsible for everything from naming and marketing the business to buying stock from the wholesalers and staffing the shop.