Our Student Professional Development programme (SPD) offers students a range of opportunities to use their knowledge and understanding from their curriculum subjects applied in employer backed projects.

Standing out from the crowd.

This forms an important part of student life at AUEA.

This helps develop a wider set of skills, accelerating your child’s progress and making them stand out against others. These skills also help students gain a Silver Award from the Duke of York Technical Award Scheme.

To gain a Silver Award students must, by the end of Yr11, achieve minimum of 4 A*- C GCSE grades including Maths & English, 2 Technical Awards at Level 2, work experience and have completed the Silver standard competencies.

Competencies can be achieved through the project work, curriculum lessons and from attending extra skill building sessions during Year 10.

SPD takes place on Mondays, following core subject lessons. In September students and parents are invited to a launch event where sponsoring companies will outline their projects available.

An award nominated example can be seen at:

Work Experience.

All students have the opportunity to have meaningful and rewarding work experience. AUEA is unique in that we offer different levels of work experience and much more work experience compared to other schools.

Year 10 students can have up to four weeks of work experience spread over two blocks of time.

At AUEA work experience should be an informative process in an STEM sector related to the students career ambitions. In the past students have had valuable work experiences with the British Army, NHS, Rolls Royce and Jaguar LandRover to name a few.