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Work experience opportunities

We believe that work experience enriches young peoples’ general education and is a valuable means of creating a positive image amongst pupils, parents, employees and within the local community. Priory Lodge School’s post-16 staff aim to facilitate work experience opportunities for students aged 16 to 19 years old, led by our Careers and Work Experience Coordinator.

Previous placements

A young person’s particular area(s) of interest, abilities and level of anxiety are leading factors when choosing a work placement. We will help to identify and arrange work experience in an environment and industry which we believe the student will enjoy, where they feel comfortable and which will help them to progress towards their long-term goals.

Examples of previous placements that our pupils have undertaken include working for:

  • Nursery schools
  • Residential homes
  • Horse riding stables

Supporting our young people on work experience placements

Work experience offers many opportunities for students on the autistic spectrum. We feel it promotes vocational skills and better prepares our young people for the world of employment.  Priory Lodge School works in a variety of ways to support and guide young people in developing work-related skills, for example:

  • Close liaison between Priory Lodge School teachers and the host employer
  • Regular communication between home and school
  • 1:1 support for the young person from a member of staff
  • Visual structure and routine
  • The school remains responsible for the welfare of the student at all times
  • Adherence to Health and Safety, Risk Assessments and Behaviour Support Plans
  • Graduated transitions can be arranged so that students have time to build familiarity with the work environment, routines, personnel and role expectancy
  • Our young people are encouraged to give feedback on their experience and discuss any anxieties they may have

Priory Lodge School staff provide support with timekeeping and organisation during the placement