Matthew Arlnold School

Work Experience

In Year 10 all students undertake Work Experience

For further information, please contact our work experience coordinator on


Work Experience 2022- Note for Parents

Year 10 Student Comments about their Work Experience - Week of 25th - 29th March 2019

I am really enjoying designing my own website and have learned many skills on new software.  I made a website based on Matthew Arnold School.



It was a really useful experience in the workplace, especially as I am thinking of going into medicine.  It was interesting working alongside adults and being treated like one.



I created some parts for a Mclaren car including some panels at the front



I didn’t start as confidently as I hoped I would, but I learned perseverance when explaining something to a year 2  I thought of alternative ways of saying it so they could understand.



It was informative and can help you whether or not you want that line of work.  Work experience shows you what work is like.



Employer Comments about Work Experience - Week of 25th - 29th March 2019

Gemma from Toni and Guy:

The three students from Matthew Arnold (Jessica, Alfie  and Savanah) have been the best that Toni and Guy has ever had.


Patrick went to Rareforms New Media which was a placement he researched  for and found for himself. The comment from the employer was:

He has been genuinely useful.  He built Bios for a number of clients.(Web design work) He brought original skills learned in art and built those skills into work for clients.  He taught us those same skills.



Oscar  went to Wolvercote Primary School:

Oscar has built a good relationship with some key, vulnerable children.  He has had a positive impact on them.


Jessica, Hilltop Veterinary Centre

Jessica fitted in well and we have enjoyed working with her.  We would welcome Jessica back anytime.


Abigail, Costa Coffee:

Abigail is a really quick learner and was willing to help out and be part of the team.  She has come out of her shell quickly , plus is really good engaging with the customers. 


Dr Ann Dowker about Raahi:

Raahi demonstrated the following skills:

Ability to read ,comprehend, summarize and discuss academic material related to psychology. 

Reflection, and ability to ask intelligent questions about the material.

Concentration and maintenance of interest in a wide variety of questionnaires and tests.

Excellent numerical skills, as shown in her performance of mathematical activities.

Excellent observational abilities as shown by her comments on what she saw me doing during my research in the school.

Excellent organizational skills and efficiency.

Courtesy, friendliness and communication skills when interacting with the professional psychologist, the student, staff and pupils at the primary school, staff at my college, and myself.

I have let her know that I would be happy for her to contact me for information and advice in the future.


Cumnor CoE School:

Samuel has been exceptional.  He has used his own initiative, bringing things from home, teaching groups and classes.  He has been in demand from other members of staff.