Work Experience

Our goal at Highshore is that as many as of our young people possible obtain employment in the future. Work Experience is a key component of our curriculum at Highshore School.

From Year 11 upwards we aim for students to experience and participate in the world of work as fully as possible. We run both internal and external work experience programmes. This gives our students the chance to focus on their independence, communication and self-help skills, better enabling them to seek employment upon leaving school.

We work with so many employers whose support is invaluable to our students’ development. Please see the organisations we work with on the links below.

Working With Us


Highshore School is an 11-19 school for young people with complex mixed needs based in Camberwell.

Our students, parents, staff and governors are committed to getting Highshore students into the wider community outside of school. Highshore Schools core values are independence, self –help and communication. A working environment is a great way for students to practice these skills so upon leaving school and seeking employment students are best equipped to make decisions about their future choices and employment prospects.

We are always looking for new community partners please get in touch with Nick Clark, our work experience coordinator, to discuss ideas and we can tailor to individual requirements. nclark@highshore.southwark.sch.uk

Work Experience: This could be in a long or short term capacity. Some students go to work experience one day a week (which could be a few hours) or a week’s work experience Monday- Friday. We run a flexible programmes to suit both employer availability and student needs.

Volunteering: If your organisation would like to contribute in other ways, we have corporate responsibility teams come in to help at school we also have regular classroom or holiday programme volunteers.

Award Winning Provision

In June 2017, Highshore won the Southwark Schools Excellence Award for Innovation & Collaboration for our Work Experience Pathways. Picture1


Current Employers and Training Providers

Just Hospitality

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Groove School

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Previous Employers

These employers have assisted students by giving them work experience during the last two years. Click for link to website

Feedback From Employers

  This whole process is an excellent way of helping two organisations combine talents and needs – Steve Symmonds, Manager Dulwich Mind Shop

 

  I only have positive things to say about our relationship with Highshore and Bradley’s time with us. Having him work with us is such a great experience for all involved. Bradley is a great kid who not only does a fantastic job but has helped the whole team improve as a unit – Andre Bienkowski, Just Hospitality

 

Vicky has made excellent progress this year she is developing her own style, and is thinking ahead to future projects she would like to undertake – David Tootil, Southbank Mosaics

Work Related Learning

Work Visits: Groups of students may visit businesses or organisations on trips to get a greater understanding of the work of work.

Enterprise stalls or selling opportunities: Sixth form students have one day a week allocated to enterprise education where they make products to sell. With the profits, enterprise teams aim to fund a residential at the end of the year.

Internal Placements

Internal work placements are an opportunity for pupils to develop their work skills and independence before moving to external work placements. they work on a weekly rota and develop their skills over a school term. Whole school internal roles include:

Staff & Seasonal Post Duty: Pupils collect, sort a deliver staff post to pigeonholes and seasonal cards to their classmates

Canteen Duty: Pupils wrap cutlery, arrange jugs an cups on tables, hand out cutlery, serve from the salad bar and help pupils at lunchtime

School Library Duty: Pupils take the mobile library trolley around the school, checking pupils books in and out.

For our Key Stage 5 pupils that have a one day a week placement but perhaps aren’t yet ready for an external placement, specialist roles have been developed. Pupils follow a personalised, weekly routine and checklist. This helps as a reminder of their responsibilities and is a way to help them gain independence in their role. These include:

  • Stock and Resources Assistant : Pupils check and replenish stock of beverages and classroom resources across the school. They also prepare and make resources for teachers for example printing, laminating or ICT presentations.
  • Classroom Assistant: Pupils work in classroom to support other pupils, prepare the classroom for lessons, pack away equipment. Some pupils specialise in a subject area that they are interested in e.g. PE or work in different classes where support is required

Pre Work Skills Club

For pupils that find a working environment stressful or need to master specific tasks for our internal placements, pupils practice at a Pre-Work Skills lunch time club with a view to progress to an internal placement when they are ready.

 

Case Study – Kallim at the South London Gallery

Kallim now has a Saturday job at Café 67 after his involvement with the South London Gallery whilst he attended Highshore School.

Kallim first became involved in the gallery through a school visit to an exhibition by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard in March 2011. Taking part in a workshop at the gallery, he made some work performing directly to camera – showing off a streak for performing that has continued in his projects with Art Assassins. The exhibition inspired him to make his own film work back in school, for which he gained a Bronze Arts Award.

Following on from this, in autumn 2013 he came for work experience at the gallery. He worked on the schools’ programme, with groups of school children as well as working with a number of different staff members. He took part in gallery meetings and over this time became a familiar face in the gallery, well-liked by all. By the end of his work experience, it was suggested that he could somehow become the gallery mascot!

As his work experience came to an end, he was invited to join the Art Assassins youth forum at the SLG. The group of young people aged 13-21 meet every Thursday evening at the gallery and produce their own projects and exhibition. Over the past year, Kallim has become a valued member of the group, taking part in a number of projects and making good friends. In spring 2014, the group produced their own video game which they launched at an event called Arcade Peckham. Kallim devised his own character to feature in the game. In the summer of 2014, he was involved in the Art Assassins Listening Party, launching the Art Assassins audio recordings produced as tape. Kallim took the mic, speaking confidently to the invited audience about the tape that they’d made. He independently recruited audience members from around the gallery to come in to see their work – drawing in lots of people.

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Placement Videos

Please enjoy these short videos about our a selection of previous and current work experience placments
 

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