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Employers' Praise For Year 10

Year 10 at assembly

Year 10 pupils at St Paul’s Catholic School have won praise from Milton Keynes employers who hosted them for work experience in January.

Lisa Shepherd, Head of Year 10, said:  “In all the years we have been providing work experience for students, this year group has received the best ever feedback from the employers they spent their placements with.”

One student, who worked at a local sports retailer, so impressed his employer that they told the school when he is old enough to take up part time work, he will be offered a job, if they have the vacancy and if he wants the job.

A nursery that hosted one of our pupils said that one of the parents mentioned that her daughter was looking forward to nursery each morning because she liked working with the St Paul’s student.  During a primary school visit where a pupil was working, a representative from Milton Keynes Council commented on how well she was doing in the classroom and was shocked to find out that she was a Year 10 work experience student. The deputy head told us that it was as if they had another adult on the team.

Two students were also offered apprenticeships when they leave school if they would like to take them up.

Lisa added:  “It’s clear from this fantastic feedback that our pupils have really risen to the challenge and tackled their work experience placements with maturity and enthusiasm.  We would like to thank all of them for representing St Paul’s so well and to give special thanks to all the employers who devoted time and energy to our pupils at their workplaces.” 

Every January, Year 10 pupils, complete two weeks’ work experience at a range of different employers.  The school works closely with local company Develop to arrange work experience and pupils also have the option of arranging their own placements.  Work experience is highly valued at St Paul’s as it gives pupils the opportunity to get first-hand knowledge of a variety of workplaces.  It helps pupils learn about their own skills and the future skills they need to develop, as well as building their confidence and independence.

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