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All Harding House students have the opportunity to take part in work experience placements. Work experience is usually arranged through the Bucks Education Business Partnership and Connexions Service. Work experience enriches our curriculum and offers students the opportunity to extend and develop their work related learning and functional skills in real life contexts.
Placements vary according to students’ and employers’ requirements - two or three week blocks, one day a week, work shadowing, etc. Students work independently or with staff support, as appropriate.
We have built up an excellent partnership with local employers and have a wide range of potential placements. We also work in partnership with the National Trust at Waddesdon Manor, where students volunteer in all areas - restaurants, the Plant Centre, cafes, shop and the house itself. We also participate in volunteering projects with Aylesbury Youth Action and Impact Bucks.
Students also have the opportunity to work at the other sites within the Federation - Booker Park and Stocklake Park. Work options can include the office, school kitchen, classroom and caretaking activities.
Work Experience is also accredited by O.C.R. in Practical Work Skills and Vocational Skills modules. Entry Level units in the Life and Living Skills qualification may also be used to validate students' achievements on work experience. Students are also entered for the Bucks Silver/Gold Work Experience Award.