Work Experience & Student Placements
Chesswood Junior School is a very popular school for work experience placements. Due to our large size and multiple departments we can offer a wide variety of placements in different roles. These can be with a specific year group in classes across the school, PE, Music, IT, Premises and Admin departments.
If you want to submit a work experience application form please click here
We also host a number of student teachers throughout the year. Due to our large size we can accommodate students across all year groups.
If you have been assigned a placement at Chesswood please click here and fill out the following form
Frequently Asked Questions for Work Experience Placements
Who will be my supervisor?
Please contact your school Careers Leader/Work experience Coordinator for this information. It will be the teacher you are placed with for the week at Chesswood.
What hours will I be working?
Normal class base, Monday to Friday:
8:30 – 12:15
1:15 – 15:30
P.E. Department: Monday to Friday
9:45 – 12:15
1:15 – 4:15
What time will I start each day?
Students undertaking work experience at Chesswood are to arrive in the school reception, sign in, collect a visitor badge and be in their classroom base by the stated start time above, usually 8:30. Students then spend time with the class teacher, discussing their role for the day.
What time will I finish each day?
The school day ends at 15:15. Work experience students are to stay until 15:30, once all the Chesswood pupils have been collected. Where students are placed within the P.E. or Music departments, the day ends at 4:15 due to after school clubs.
What will I do for lunch and how much time will I have for lunch?
Our lunch break is between 12:15 and 13:15, giving students 1 hour. Students are welcome to sit in the staffroom to eat lunch. High school or College students are asked to remain on the school premises, meaning lunch and refreshments will need to be brought in with them each day. The school does not have facilities to purchase lunch on site. If you are a student teacher from the University of Brighton, you are welcome to leave the premises during your break. We have a local Tesco and Morrison should you need to purchase food.
What do I need to wear?
Work experience students are to dress in the same way as employed staff members; this may be different to that adopted in their personal life. While on placement, students should ensure they are dressed smartly, decently, safely and appropriately for the tasks they undertake. For example, tops which cover the shoulders, skirts of a length which maintains full modesty and buttoned shirts are all example of appropriate dress. If you are working in the P.E. department, sportswear of an appropriate length would be suitable.
However, ripped jeans, low cut tops or jeans falling below the hips are not appropriate. Students who dress in such a manner will be asked to leave the school premises and return the same day, dressed appropriately. The Lead Mentor at Chesswood will be informed and contact your work experience coordinator.
What duties will I be doing?
This will depend on your placement. If you are based within the P.E. department, the P.E. leader will request that you set up equipment, support pupils with their technique and, depending on your confidence and ability, lead parts of the sessions.
If you are based within a classroom, you will take on the role of the class Teaching Assistant. You will work alongside individuals or groups of children, supporting their learning and understanding of tasks. You will be marking alongside the children in the same way a class teacher or assistant would do, having had guidance form the class teacher in the morning. Your class teacher may ask you to undertake other jobs too, such as photocopying.
Celebration Event Attendance
Some schools hold a celebration event after the work experience week. While staff at Chesswood would very much like to join you for your celebration event, there is not funding to release us from class to do so. We really are sorry, as it would be a wonderful way to celebrate your week with us.