Mark Mardell Hairdressers & Leigh Academy pupil, Lucy.


The Leigh Academy has had its most successful year thus far for work experience. Almost 230 Year 10 pupils sought a week’s employment within the local community, Central London and even as far afield as County Durham.

The steps to securing work experience

Year 10 had to apply for jobs, fill in application forms and attend interviews in order to secure their work experience placements. But many pupils quickly discovered that it was not always an easy process finding employment; it took real perseverance and resilience, especially when they were receiving rejection letters or in some cases, no response at all from potential employers.

Once students secured their placements, they were briefed on what to expect by Work Experience Lead Mr Williams, but of course there were still some first day nerves!


Work Experience coordinator Simone Wales visited some of the students while they were working and received fantastic feedback from employers, including how professional and courteous students were.  The feedback from employers so far has been very positive and many of the placements have offered more work experience.  There were plenty of interesting placements this year such as The Metropolitan Police, Mark Mardell, The Times, Roar Music Academy, Adecco, Office Angels, and many more fantastic employers who have given the pupils a useful opportunity.  

Now Year 10 have had an insight into the working world, and the reality of finding a job, we hope that they will have a head start on deciding their next steps and potential career paths.