Welcombe Hills is a school for children aged 2 – 19 with a wide range of learning difficulties. More information on the school and the facilities we have to offer can be found on our school website www.welcombe-hills.co.uk.
During your time with us you will be working within one of the primary classes under the direction of the Class Teacher or Teaching Assistants.
You will be assisting pupils in many activities both within the classroom, around the school and possibly outside school. It is very important to encourage pupils to work independently, or with the minimum of assistance.
You may also be asked to assist with photocopying, the preparation of resources, tidying classroom areas or helping with displays.
The school day begins at 9.00am and finishes at 3.30pm when all the students have left.
Your lunch break will be from 12.00 – 12.30pm and you will be helping on the playground from 12.30 -1.10pm
Security. Please sign in at reception when you arrive, and sign out again when you leave the building. You must wear your visitors badge at all times.
Safeguarding and the fire alarm procedure will be explained to you at your Health and Safety Induction.
Mobile Phones must be switched off at all times. If you need to take photos as part of an assignment please discuss this with the class teacher.
We welcome Visits from your tutor to see how you are getting on, but would you please agree a suitable time with the class teacher.
If you require forms to be filled in, or assessments written by the class teacher it is your responsibility to make the school aware of this at the beginning of your placement, otherwise staff may not be able to complete some or all the forms/assessments.
Clothing needs to be smart, comfortable and washable! No low necklines, strappy tops or high hems. Footwear should be practical; you will need trainers for PE; wellies for forest school and horse riding. Long hair, dangling earrings and necklaces are a temptation to some pupils who may grab and hold on!
You may be asked to go swimming at the leisure centre with your class, so you will need a costume, towel and T shirt to wear in the water.
All students eat their lunch in the main staff room, where there is a kettle, microwave and toaster. Class Staff will show you how to order a school lunch, jacket potato or baguette. If you leave the school building for your break you must ensure that you are back in time for the start of the afternoon session.
Students on work experience are expected to attend a Health and Safety Induction before the start of their placement. The meeting will last about an hour and will include a tour of the school.
Please remember that any written documentation, conversation or information regarding pupils or staff is confidential and must not be discussed outside school. Students must not take any photographs of pupils during their placement. Any breach of these may result in immediate termination of their placement.
We hope you enjoy your time with us, and if you have any further questions please just ask.
We offer work experience placements to students in year 10 and upwards either as a block placement or a regular weekly placements throughout the year.
We also have links with local colleges and universities to provide block placements to enhance their courses in Education and Social Healthcare.
If you would like to apply for a placement at the school, would you please complete the application form and return it to the Work Experience Co-ordinator, Nicky Morle at the school either by post or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If accepted for a place you will be invited for a short Health & Safety Induction which will last for about 1 hour and include a tour of the school.
The Health & Safety Induction dates for the current year can be found on this website.