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21/04/21

We're still in recovery from our recent cyber attack. Thankfully, not everything has a microprocessor. Thank you to all our staff, students and families for being patient and working through it! https://t.co/Kgy0xxuX9W

30/03/21

Due to current technical difficulties, the following letter is not currently on our website: https://t.co/ixZi0vGWP9

29/03/21

The academy's internet is down and as a result, students will be unable to connect to online lessons today (29 March). Our email system is also affected. If you have an urgent message, please contact us by telephone 0208 681 1141

19/03/21

Term Dates for the next academic year are now on our website: https://t.co/Q6a5xBJ41P

12/03/21

Our staff have put together Easter care packages for families eligible for Free School Meals. They contain recipes and ingredients for at least 4 nutritious meals, along with activities to promote a health mind and body. Please register via the letter: https://t.co/KVldmVB3bJ https://t.co/LUqXxf7cxx

09/03/21

A letter regarding home testing kits is now on our website: https://t.co/k1YZYIWMa5

02/03/21

Our Sports Hall is now a rapid lateral flow testing centre, ready for the start of the Government's mass testing in schools programme! Teachers and support staff are trained and ready to guide you through the test. We're looking forward to seeing you all! https://t.co/EczN4Auiu0

01/03/21

Retweetd From Coulsdon Sixth Form College

Are you considering your College options? Join us at our virtual Career Pathway events in March and discover where your chosen courses could take you. Book your place now: https://t.co/Bjb2uErIVC https://t.co/F7sfhKBNDG

01/03/21

Letters regarding our reopening this month are on our website. Please follow the link within the letter to give consent for COVID testing on-site. Thank you in advance! https://t.co/DvcxkqVEFb

01/03/21

Year 12 Parents and Carers' Evening is on Thursday 25th March 2021! Follow the link for more information and to view your pre-booked appointments: https://t.co/DvcxkqVEFb

23/02/21

We are delighted our students will be returning to school in just under 2 weeks. Please read our letter from the Principal regarding our reopening on 8th March 2021 https://t.co/k1YZYIWMa5

22/02/21

We have a number of LGBTQ+ tasks for our students to attempt this term including lip-syncing to a well-know song, recreating the inclusive rainbow flag and designing a LGBTQ+ Month logo. Have a look at these slides to find out more: https://t.co/S1InTlsKlJ

22/02/21

Our virtual Year 8 Parents' Evening is approaching (25th February 2021). There is a letter on our website explaining how this process works: https://t.co/k1YZYIWMa5

08/02/21

Leilani has submitted a homemade lava lamp for the Faculty Challenge https://t.co/WlvvBwCuxw

05/02/21

National Apprenticeship Week is approaching! Check out our website for online events you can get involved in! https://t.co/fNkQvROlIS https://t.co/sMS5FBHQMV

02/02/21

It is Year 9 Parents' Evening on Thursday (4 Feb). Check our website for information on how to attend virtually... https://t.co/k1YZYIWMa5

01/02/21

Mr Ahmad is pleased to announce the launch of our Faculty Events and Competitions. This is a great opportunity to take part in some fun and interesting activities, earning points for your faculty in the process. Check out this short video to find out more: https://t.co/NrqSTaFncR

21/01/21

Literacy for Learning have a number of conferences for students and parents to enjoy, starting today at 4pm with a keynote speech from Alex Quigly entitled ‘Literacy in Secondary School – Successful Ways Forward’. Check our website for links and timetable: https://t.co/k1YZYIWMa5 https://t.co/ZNQIBk7lhf

20/01/21

If you have any concerns about a student's mental health or wellbeing, please complete this form to assist us in providing help and support for the student: https://t.co/ncAe9Bx18A

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Work Experience

As part of our careers programme, we provide Year 10 students with the opportunity to take part in Work Experience. Participation is not compulsory, but represents the possibility for students to engage in a week long experience that could provide a valuable insight into the world of employment.

Deadlines
Complete the online survey 11 October

Work Experience is an opportunity to experience working life. Harris Academy Purley will do it's best to support you with finding a placement. However, many organisations request direct contact from the student. Since placements are incredibly competitive, we strongly advise that you start contacting companies early and find a placement yourself. There will be knock backs; no is a common answer. Don't give up! The survey below helps us direct you and support you in finding a suitable organisation to work with for a week.

Form

 

The Process

If students wish to take part in the week, the following steps need to be completed by the deadlines above.

  1. Complete the online survey
  2. Complete the Work Experience Booking Form, which you can download from the bottom of this page.
  3. Arrange an interview with your work experience employer.

As soon as your Work Experience Booking Form is returned, the Academy will make contact with your prospective employer to confirm the placement and to send them relevant documents.

Online Survey Link

 

How to Find a Placement 

A work placement is your opportunity to spend a period of time outside the classroom, learning about a particular job or area of work.  It can help you decide on your options for after Year 11 and will give you the opportunity to develop and show evidence of vital skills such as self-confidence, communication, independence and a variety of others, depending on what kind of placement you do.  

What types of Work Experience Can I do? 

Most of you will be expected to find your own placements. Think about what you want to do.  What are your favourite subjects? Ask for help making a list of related jobs.  If you start looking in time you will be able to find a suitable placement. 

English: Newspapers, Libraries, Press Officer, Teacher, Solicitors, Advertising, TV & Film, radio 

Maths: Banking, Accountancy & finance, Engineering, Meteorology   

Geography: Environmental services, Development organisations, Charities, Politics 

Family is often a good source for finding placements.  Do your parents/guardians do something you are interested in? How about your brothers and sisters or your aunties and uncles?  Do you already know anywhere you may like to work? e.g. a shop that you like, or an organisation you pass on the way to school?   

Go to www.yell.co.uk and search for a local business in the field of work you would like to do.

For example, you could search for "solicitor" in "Croydon". Give this a try!

Yell Website

You could also try www.prospects.ac.uk where you can research job roles and sectors, up-to-date industry insights, job opportunities for subjects you are studying and more.

 

Tips for a Successful Placement  

Make a list of 10 places you would like to apply to.

Call or visit them and ask if they have work experience opportunities.  For example: “Hello, I’m enquiring about the possibility of organising a work experience placement with you from 2nd July.

If they offer work experience, they will tell you what to do next.  Remember, competition for work experience can be really tough, so you'll need to make the right impression when asking them.

Be selfish. Don’t ask for you AND a friend; employers are unlikely to want a group of friends hanging out at their business. You will also come across more confident and keen if you are asking just for yourself.

 

World of Work

Click here to fill in the Year 10 and Year 11 survey

Click here to fill in the Year 9 survey

Page Downloads

Title Date  
How to apply for WEX at... 16th Apr 2018 Download
WEX FAQ from April 30th Apr 2018 Download
WEX Template Letter to Employers 28th Feb 2018 Download
Work Experience Booking Form 26th Feb 2018 Download
Work Experience FAQ 27th Feb 2018 Download
Work Experience Year 10 06th Nov 2018 Download
Work Experience Year 12 06th Nov 2018 Download