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The Bishop of Winchester Academy

The Bishop
of Winchester

Work Experience

We believe that work experience is a valuable part of a broad careers curriculum.  Over 95% of schools and colleges identify employability skills and increased self-confidence as key benefits of experiences of work.  Students will gain important insights into their career interests and values, which will help them with their future decision-making and that they will relate and apply the skills they are learning at school in the workplace.  Career management skills such as organising, negotiating, networking and self-presentation can also be practised.  

Year 10 students participate in a work experience programme where they arrange and attend a one-week placement with a business or organisation.  For the 2021/2022 academic year the placement week is 4 – 8 April 2022.  Students are provided with advice and guidance to support them in identifying possible work experience interests and are encouraged to carry out their own 'job search' and application activities.  They can also use the CSW Website to look for details of companies and organisations that have offered placements previously.

Over the last year opportunities to participate in virtual, online work experience and employer encounter sessions have increased.  There are a number of organisations who offer opportunities including the following:

Speakers for Schools offer FREE virtual opportunities that range from a 2-hour employer encounter to 3–5 days working with other students and employees on a particular project.

Springpod offer FREE virtual opportunities and subject taster sessions across a wide range of careers and professions.

St Chris Partners with InvestIN | St Christopher School Letchworth

INVESTIN offer work experience, subject insight and summer school programmes, online and in person.  There are fees for these activities, though bursaries are sometimes available from INVESTIN for qualifying students.

We are happy to receive requests from organisations to be added to this list.

Students are encouraged to use Unifrog to help research careers ideas and interests that they may wish to explore through work experience.  Support is also available from the Careers Office or by emailing

  • University of Bournemouth
  • Arts University
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Diocese of Winchester
  • Teach First
  • University of Exeter
  • The University of Winchester
  • Ambitions
  • Southampton University
  • Bath Spa University