The World of Work

Work Experience

During Year 12, every student will be given the chance to take part in work experience. The process begins in the autumn term, culminating in a week of work experience in the summer term. We work with the Kingston & Richmond Borough EBP to ensure all placements are worthwhile and safe. Students are encouraged to carefully consider the work placement they choose to ensure the placement is purposeful and enables them to gain an understanding of an area of industry interesting to them.

Higher Education & Careers Fairs

During Year 12, students will be encouraged to participate in fairs such as; UCAS Higher Education Fair or fairs run by local colleges or organisations. These fairs attract numerous local and national universities and employers. The HE events are particularly useful for students who are interested in attending university. The employer events are especially useful for students who do not plan to go to university, to help inform and prepare them for working life, as well as a way of building direct networks with people working in the industry of their choice.


For students who are not interested in going to university, they are encouraged to attend all careers events on offer and use these opportunities for networking. Additionally, we have strong links with our borough providers Way 2 Work as well as the opportunities and advice students can find through our own Apprenticeships page on the RPA website

Professional Portfolio

All 6th formers are given time to build both a physical, and an online professional portfolio. The online portfolio is built using the ULAS website, where students can develop a general CV, as well as tailored industry CVs according to their interests. They log their experiences, their transferable skills as well as using the platform as a source of finding opportunities within the world of work.