Work Experience

Work Experience

The Government’s Programme of Study for 16 - 19 year old students, requires that all post 16 provisions offer the following;

  • A higher level of study than the students’ prior attainment.
  • An experience of vocational opportunities.
  • Further study Maths and English to improve students’ functional understanding.
  • An opportunity of a work experience placement or other work related learning.

If there are any parents who have their own business and would be able to support our work experience please contact either Steve Cropper or Nicola Bingham on (01642) 664140

At Abbey Hill Academy Sixth Form, all students have access to appropriate work experience which is relevant and meaningful.

This experience will include:

Pathway 1 and 2 (Groups 1, 2 and 3) - Supported Work Experience Programme

Students will complete, over one half term period, an enterprising project, where goods are sold in-house, at the local market and North Tees Hospital. This enables us to see what skills and abilities could be utilised in the labour market. Following the project students’ then take part in a supported work placement in a vocational area they wish to pursue for at least 12 hours.

Pathway 3 and 4 (Groups 4 to 7) – Work Experience

Students’ are taken off time timetable and are engaged on a full time placement with a local business or within Horizons Academy Trust, with the support of our Work Experience team. 

Over the past 12 months the work placements have been supported by the following organisations:

  • Tesco
  • Shaw Trust
  • Premiere Inn
  • The Stottie Company
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Little Sprouts Café
  • Daisy Chain
  • Preston Park
  • Envy Hair Salon
  • Primary Schools
  • Thornaby Pavilion
  • Billingham Forum
  • SRC cafe

Vocational Experiences

As is expected, students following a Post 16 Study Programme engage in a variety of accredited vocational activities including Horticulture, DIY, Catering, Hair and Beauty and Outdoor Learning. Many of these courses are supported by parents and carers, whom act as customers. For example eating at Abbey Hill Bistro, visit our Hair Salon, attend Drama performances, purchase goods and have their car washed.

Jobs Supported Internship and Apprenticeships.

Over the past two years Abbey Hill Academy have employed three former students providing them with paid work. Additionally we have supported an ex-student by offering her a placement in the form of a supported internship in the Sixth Form.

Abbey Hill Academy Sixth Form
Sheraton Building
Ketton Road
Stockton on Tees
TS19 8BU

Tel: 01642 664140


Horizons Specialist Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee (Company No 08608287) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales.

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