Work Experience

My Future - Careers Guidance and Education

At Pond Meadow Academy opportunities are provided for all students to encounter careers and employment throughout their time school. From EYFS students will have meaningful interactions linked to careers such as visitors in school and local trips. Careers guidance is embedded in the KS3-KS5 curriculum and delivered during discrete subject lessons. The careers guidance we deliver will incorporate preparing for life after Pond Meadow. This may be paid employment, a work experience placement, a college placement or social care placement.  

Implementing the Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in secondary schools.

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

At Pond Meadow Academy we will implement the Gatsby Benchmarks to continue to develop our vocational curriculum for students across the school. Our programme is inclusive of each students individual needs and their post-19 destination. We are pleased to be working alongside Enterprise M3 and are supported by a Enterprise Coordinator and Enterprise Advisor.

Please see our provider access policy and careers and future destinations policy.

Provider Access Policy

Careers and Future Destinations Policy

Work Experience

Students will be provided with meaningful opportunities to experience volunteering or work placements. This may take place in school or out in the community. Our ‘job vacancy’ boards provide a wide range of opportunities for students to choose their own individual tasks. Students enjoy taking part in Enterprise projects to raise money for local charities.

Examples of previous work experience include;

  1. Organising and delivering stationary orders for the school
  2. Pop up café for school staff
  3. Feeding the wild ponies for National Trust
  4. Gardening and maintenance for Surrey Wildlife Trust

We are always looking for new volunteering or work experience placements for our students! If you would be interested in hosting a student then please contact Nicole Mills, Careers Leader Nicole.Mills@Pond-meadow.surrey.sch.uk