The Observatory Science Centre offers a limited number of work experience placements. Please read the information on this page before you contact your school / college work experience co-ordinator.
The Centre has been vetted, inspected and authorised by East Sussex County Council. If you wish to check any information with them, please contact via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates of work experience placements. It is only possible to offer a placement during term time. As an educational charity we are unable to provide the required levels of support during other times.
The most suitable times of year for work experience are:
· Beginning October to mid-November (excluding half-term)
· March or April (excluding Easter)
· May to mid-July (excluding school holidays)
How long is a placement? You need to be available to attend for 5 consecutive days Monday – Friday. Exceptions / absence during the week would need to be supported via information from school / college.
Will I need to attend an interview? We do not require students to attend interview for work experience. Your work experience coordinator will help you decide if this is a suitable placement for your interests.
You are welcome to contact us to arrange a pre-placement visit if this will help you before the actual placement begins.
We reserve the right to decline / end a placement if the student turns out to be unsuitable.
How many students can you take? We accept a maximum of two students per week, but not from the same school.
What are the arrival / departure times? 9.30 am – 4 pm. The Centre cannot be accessed via public transport.
Students cannot be dropped off earlier than 9.30 am, but collection time can be flexible if agreed in advance.
Will you provide a reference after the placement? We do not provide a reference following work experience.
Do I need to be interested in science? The Centre is a popular tourist attraction and you should have an aptitude to be in a location where there will be many visitors of all ages and abilities. During your days on site you will shadow staff in many areas – except catering and money handling.
A placement is beneficial if you are interested in leisure, tourism, marketing, graphics, retail, teaching and science / astronomy.
Can my parent / guardian contact you? We can only take requests direct from your school / college and we will not discuss placement requests with parents / guardians.
I am definitely still interested in a work experience placement. What do I do now? Speak to your work experience co-ordinator and give them our contact details.
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The Observatory Science Centre is part of Science Projects Ltd, a company limited by guarantee registered in England No: 02186073 and a registered charity No: 298542. The registered office is 3 – 15 Stirling Road, Acton, London. W3 8DJ. UK.
June 10th - 14th and June 17th - 20th
For 9 working days East Sussex Highways are carrying out patching works on Wartling Road which will be closed to through traffic 7 am – 7 pm, but will be allowing access to both The Observatory Science Centre and Herstmonceux Castle Gardens & Grounds. Evening / night access is unaffected and there will be no weekend working.
The Observatory Science Centre and Herstmonceux Gardens & Grounds will be open as normal and we will provide updates as necessary.