The aim of the school is to provide our students with information, advice and guidance on the full range of opportunities available to them as they progress through their education. Through PSHCE lessons, our STEP tutorial programme, dedicated non-timetable days and a diverse range of extra-curricular opportunities, students will have the capacity to explore their future ambitions. We intend to achieve all the demands of the ‘Gatsby benchmarks’, including enhancing student encounters with workplace employers, to deliver an excellent programme to support the aspirations of our young people.

The school is using the Gatsby benchmarks as the basis of our CEIAG provision. To find out more about the benchmarks go to

The careers programme is designed to provide a coherent platform for students to explore their aspirations. In Year 7 the focus of our guidance will be students appreciating their personal skills and interests. Students will gain an awareness of employability skills and how their learning can support these.

From Year 8 our students will begin to investigate the local labour market and be aware of key terminology, sectors and professions. Running alongside learning about the context of the workplace will be opportunities for visits to employers, the Business Magnates competition and assemblies prior to the options process beginning. To find out more about the options procedure in school go to the GCSE options page. Students will be given an options interview plus the opportunity for a further guidance meeting with our Senior Guidance Manager in school or a One Point interview.

In Year 9 the focus moves to curriculum delivery, with students developing a wider understanding of the links between their subjects and the workplace. This will be done through employer-provided design briefs to test the employability skills of the students. The students will also begin the process of completing their Record of Achievement online, evidencing the range of their workplace encounters.

In Year 10 students will focus more clearly on their post-16 options and how they will fit in with their future aspirations. The main focus of the year will be students researching a more personal pathway for their future education and career. This should include investigation into their potential profession and its sector, and a first-hand experience of the workplace.

The initial stages of Year 11 will provide dedicated advice and guidance on post-16 choices, including guidance on interviews and the student’s personal statement and CV. The support in this year is certainly tailored to the personal needs of the student as they map out their next steps into post-16 education.

For more information regarding the Sixth Form experience go to the Sixth Form page.

Parents should seek to encourage their child to investigate their interests and ambitions online. There are a range of websites that can assist in this research:
Broad and useful advice for supporting your child.
Useful for links to other sites.
Useful for post-18 choices.

Crucial to fulfilling your aspirations is effective research into potential careers or post-18 university courses. Use the following websites to assist your investigations:
Large selection of careers videos and broad range of articles.
General careers information and videos on a variety of occupational areas.
Job profiles, skills healthcheck, LMI and lifelong learning account.
New-look national apprenticeship website: vacancies, role descriptions and resource materials.
School subjects at work.
School subjects at work.
Higher education site – excellent for researching potential degree courses.
STEM Careers in the Curriculum Teacher Toolkit
NHS Patient Journey Toolkit
LMI portal for Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Northumberland.
North East LMI including factsheets and weekly bulletin.
North East careers information and job/training vacancies.