21 July 2022  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

After a wait of three long years, it is brilliant news that work experience is back for Year 12 students! Students went out for a week from 11th to 15th July and we have had some fantastic placements. These experiences with employers are so important as they help students build their confidence and employability skills, in addition to supporting students to develop evidence to enhance personal statements and applications for apprenticeships.

It has been difficult to choose a few employers to feature however, below are details of three of this year’s external placements, as well as news of students who did their work experience in different departments in school. Ms Mannion, Careers Leader said “Thank you so much to everyone who provided placements for students, especially after such a challenging time with Covid, lockdowns and so many pressures on the economy. We appreciate it so much and are grateful for how the Richmondshire community  has pulled together to offer these experiences.”

THE GEORGIAN THEATRE: The Georgian Theatre, Britain’s most complete Georgian Playhouse,  has always been supportive of our students in many different ways. This year, two students went for their work experience. Georgie O’Reilly and Zara Brown.

They had the opportunity to experience many behind-the-scenes activities at the Theatre from auditioning, photography and admin to sorting out the Theatre’s huge stock of costumes, from many shows and pantomimes – oh yes they did!

KIPLIN HALL & GARDENS: Kiplin Hall & Gardens was built from 1619 and includes an award-winning tearoom and scenic walks around the lake, and in the walled and formal gardens.

Peter Longstaff and Lily Clarkson worked in different areas of the site. Peter was working alongside head gardener Chris Baker and Lily was helping with food preparation in the kitchen to support the Hall’s very busy cafe. We were delighted to catch up with Lily and Peter to find out how they were getting on.

Peter said: “Work experience offered me a great opportunity to gain an understanding of working life while also exploring areas of interest. At Kiplin Hall, one of my many duties was working with Chris Baker, an expert in gardening and ecology, who taught me about the complexities of ecosystems in the garden, as well as the more practical side in which I learned how to prune and tend to apple trees. It was hugely beneficial to learn from Chris, an expert of his field, due to my interest in the environment that stems from my study of A-level Geography.”

MOCHA CHOCOLATE: An award-winning shop in Richmond, and now a new cafe, shop and chocolate-making studio at Aske Hall Stables offered a host of work experience opportunities for Toby Broderick, Emma Binks and Emily Mayo. It was great to see Emma Binks who was based at Aske Hall and had the opportunity to work in several areas of the business from front-of-house and admin through to making chocolate!

Emma said: “My work experience was very useful and has grown my confidence in many areas of my work. One day I did chocolate making with Katey, the Head Chocolatier. It was an amazing experience and great fun. On another day I did management and admin with my manager Becca, this was very interesting and my new skills have already been used in my work. My favourite part was definitely the chocolate making. Overall, my work experience was really good and even though I already work at Mocha it grew my confidence in my work.”

Katey McEndoo, Head Chocolatier at Mocha, said: “I genuinely enjoy working with Emma, she has a great work ethic, nothing is too much trouble and she is a quick learner. Emma has initiative and is able to read the room at the same time as focusing on specific tasks, an example of this would be noticing a colleague needing help and appropriately aiding without being prompted. Emma shows a natural ability to pick up practical skills and has common sense beyond her years. As a work mate she is professional, has high standards and is a great communicator. Emma is a happy, willing and unflappable woman with a very brilliant sense of humour who doesn’t bat an eyelid at doing the more tedious jobs which make her a great team player and in my opinion extremely employable!”

DRAMA AND ENGLISH DEPARTMENT: Poppy Mortimer spent two weeks working in the School and College’s Drama and English Department. Stephen Birdsall, Drama Teacher, said: “We have had the pleasure of Poppy working with us in the Drama department. She has carried out a wide range of tasks which include: Year 6 transition (which involved two days of workshops and a day of supporting a new tutor group along with assisting Year 6 taster lessons in English). Poppy also supported with assessments in Key Stage three and four (both practical and theory) as well as supporting cover staff delivering Drama lessons in the absence of their class teacher. In her second week, Poppy was kept very busy presenting and delivering highly engaging workshops to Year 7 to 9 classes who have fully respected and enjoyed having Poppy lead their lessons.

“Poppy’s time with us has been invaluable and I know myself, Miss Manning (Lead Teacher) and students both present and future have loved having her around. Poppy has been a tremendous support working alongside our GCSE cohort helping them in their written work and responding to a 32-mark exam question on analysing and evaluating live theatre. I know the experience that Poppy has gained over these last two weeks has made her consider teaching alongside her ultimate love and ambition of being a film/theatre director.”

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT: Evie Farnell has been with the German department while Izzy Lundberg has been predominantly in the French department. They have taken out groups to focus on their speaking skills in Key Stage 4, as well as supporting any students to challenge or support them in lessons. Students in Key Stage 3 have enjoyed getting to know Evie and Izzy as they have provided starters and introductions, such as ”2 truths and 1 lie” games, as well as pictionary. The students have enjoyed a change of pace and chance to speak to someone other than their class teacher about language learning.

Louise Cheesebrough, MFL teacher, said: “Evie and Izzy have fitted into the Languages team extremely well with their good humour and willingness to get involved in all    aspects of their work experience, such as some lesson planning preparation for next year, giving them an insight into the day-to-day running of a Languages department. Thank you very much Evie and Izzy for all your help!”

PE DEPARTMENT: Ellen Atkinson,  Bruno Frankland and Amber Taylor have been assisting in PE lessons, helping set equipment up, working with small groups as well as working behind the scenes with tasks such as sorting equipment. They have been involving themselves in Key Stage 3 and 4 practical and theory lessons where they have been assisting with cricket, rounders, GCSE PE and CTEC Sport Science. They have been a great support in these lessons and acted more like Teaching Assistants than work experience students.

Jack Moore, PE Teacher, said: “The group have been brilliant and have shown great independence when completing a variety of tasks and supported the younger students brilliantly. They have shown themselves to be really positive role models and had an excellent manner with a whole host of groups. These students have demonstrated they will be a real asset in whatever careers they choose.”




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