Sixth Form Work Experience

Year 12 students undertake a compulsory week of work experience to give a greater understanding of the world of work in their chosen area and help build links for future employment opportunities.

Work experience for the current Year 12 will be w/c 8th July 2024

The school will help where possible, but ultimately it is down to students themselves to organise their placement.

Useful Resources

Work Experience News

Northumberland County Council

Students who are interested in work experience with NCC, which is planned to run across different sectors of the council, should complete the following Application Form (8 weeks’ notice is required for placements).

Useful Contacts

For work experience within hospitals you must apply to the NHS organisation in your home area (postcode dependent).  Use the relevant information here:

This page is helpful but some of the information can be out of date!  For specific opportunities also look at:

For work experience within a GP practice look at:

This includes a list of GP practices prepared to offer work experience to students not in their area.

It is recommended that you get additional work experience to demonstrate your interest and ability to work with and care for vulnerable adults and children.  You may find some useful local contacts by searching:

Again to gain access to a teaching degree course and many childcare related courses you will be asked to demonstrate experience of the classroom and / or work with children.  Most schools are very helpful about this so you need to contact the Head Teacher initially with a request.  The following information should help you:

Tyne & Wear Museums:

National Trust:

English Heritage:

Theatre Royal: contact

The Sage Gateshead:

Seven Stories – The National Centre for Children’s Books: Offer work experience during holidays and weekends only.
Contact: Jayne Nicholson, Operations Manager (0300 3301095 ext 303/201)

The Lit and Phil – the largest independent library outside London housing over 160,000 books (23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE).
Contact: Kay Easson (Head Librarian) email: (0191 2320192)

Cogito Books (5 St Mary’s Chare, Hexham, NE46 1NQ)
Contact: Claire Grint (01434) 602555 – happy to take students but looking for engaging interested students only.  Please contact by telephone initially.

Waterstones bookstores: contact each Store Manager directly

Hexham Courant: the Courant do not offer work experience

Beamish Museum: follow the instructions at

Northumberland National Park: Apply in writing by emailing (put “work experience” in the subject line) 

Northumberland County Council: may have some relevant opportunities (libraries, tourist information, ask them about conservation work too). Fill in the form at and once NCC receive the form they will make a decision as to whether a placement is available in your chosen department. 

Newcastle University: School of History, Classics & Archaeology. Contact Dr Jane Webster (0191) 2087575 or email:

Virgin Money: offer one week of experience visiting all the departments within the company. This is an excellent way to see how a large business operates and get to sample all the business functions to see which you may find interesting. All applications are done through Speakers4Schools and you need to register and follow the instructions –  Lots of other companies on here too!

Egger UK Ltd.: Egger will offer placements in all their departments (not only engineering) so get in quick if you would like to look at Finance, HR, Marketing, IT, etc…  Send your request initially to Philip Maloney (Recruitment Co-ordinator) email:

Vattenfall Wind Power:

Vattenfall, a Swedish company head-quartered in Stockholm, is one of Europe’s largest producers of electricity and low-carbon heating with operations across northern Europe. Vattenfall has had an office in Hexham employing nearly 100 staff for the past 14 years. They are offering a number of students the opportunity to work with them for a week to look at a broad range of roles in the vibrant and growing renewable energy sector – from civil and electrical engineers and wind farm technicians, through to ecological and environmental analysis, project management, communications, and law. Students will have the opportunity to learn from a number of Vattenfall employees about jobs and routes into the renewable energy sector, have a guided tour of our Ray onshore wind farm near Otterburn, and work together to design their own wind farm. They are passionate about diversity and creating a progressive and inclusive workforce. Please email Louise Housecroft with a CV and short statement expressing interest –

Scott Mitchell Associates Veterinary Surgeons (Tyne Green, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3SG, require a CV from the student wishing to undertake the placement and details of when they would be looking to carry out the work experience.Contact: 01434 608999,