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KS4 Students

Key Stage 4 is a crucial time for you! It's a time to research and examine options, and to make informed  decisions not just about routes at the end of Year 11 but also for the future - at 17, 18 and beyond into your adult working life. The Government has legislated that all young people must be in some form of education or training until they are 18.

Work Experience

Work Experience is a vital opportunity for students to experience and develop employability skills. All Year 10 students will take part in one week's Work Experience. We strongly advise that students organise a placement early (start researching possible places at the end of Year 9) to ensure that they secure a placement within an area that is of genuine interest to them. This will either help confirm to the student that this is an occupational area that they might enjoy working in or will help them realise that actually this pathway is perhaps not best for them. Please note, in some cases students will be competing with students from other schools for a placement.

Thinking of University?

Informed Choices, produced in collaboration with the Institute of Career Guidance, is aimed at all students considering A-level and equivalent options. It includes advice on the best subject combinations for a wide range of university courses as well as advice on the best choices if you don’t know what you want to study after school and need to keep your options open.

What Happens In Year 10?

Work Experience

All Year 10 students at Brookfield will undertake a one-week work experience programme. Students can choose from a small list of approved employers arranged through school (advertised from September onwards) or preferably arrange their own placement. Mrs Beards, the Work Experience Co-ordinator is on hand to help students find their ideal work experience placement. Despite our best efforts, it is impossible to get enough employers to offer enough placements for all Year 10 students. Students who find their own placement tend to feel more relaxed and reassured before they start their work placement, as they have had greater involvement in the organisation and choosing.

Mrs Beards resides in the ICT Office near the staffroom. She is available to help students sort out their work experience placements every break and lunchtime.

Derbyshire database:

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You can search for placements that have been approved to take students in past years using different search criteria; distance from home, job type etc We cannot guarantee that all of the contact and placement details for these placements are correct as they can vary from what was originally submitted. It may be best to see Mrs Beards, the work experience co-ordinator before making contact directly with any employer.

What Happens In Year 11?

Choices Post 16
Sixth Form
  • Stay into Sixth Form
  • Read Making Sensible A level choices
  • Our most local colleges include Chesterfield College, Sheffield College, Derby College, Buxton College and West Notts College. See Resources for dates of Open Events.
  • Work Based Training
  • Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with part time study for a related qualification
  • Available at various leavers and Y11 will usually start at Level 2 (Intermediate) or Level 3 (Advanced).
  • For more details please visit and