• Welcome to the Link School Sunderland

  • Pupil Premium Awards

    We are the 2016 Pupil Premium National Award Winners. A fantastic achievement for the Link School who have been chosen to receive the 2016 Pupil Premium Awards for Alternative Provision.

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  • Platinum Award For Anti – bullying

    The Link School have won a prestigious award for their commitment and hard work around bullying.

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  • Welcome to the Link School Sunderland

    We provide education and support to make sure that every learner reaches their full potential.

    See our Ofsted Report
  • Welcome to the Link School Sunderland

    We provide education and support to make sure that every learner reaches their full potential.

  • Vision & values

    The Link School provides a flexible and responsive service to schools and academies to help young learners overcome the challenges they face.

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  • Welcome to the Link School Sunderland

    We believe all learners can make progress and achieve academically, socially and emotionally.

    See our Ofsted Report
  • Vision & values

    The Link School provides a flexible and responsive service to schools and academies to help young learners overcome the challenges they face.

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Latest News

  • Supporting Challenging Learners Conference Tuesday 12th February 2019

    On Tuesday 12th February join Schools North East at this year's inaugural Supporting Challenging Learners Conference. This event will look at how mainstream schools and Alternative Provision providers can work together to support challenging learners.

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  • Investors in Careers Award!

    The Link School are proud to announce that they have gained the Investors in Careers Award

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  • Bring it On! Thursday 4th October

    The event will provide a fantastic selection of businesses ready to inspire the next generation and show them the great Engineering and STEM opportunities available on their doorstep including practical activities they can participate in on the day.

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  • Another Successful Year – GCSE Results 2017- 2018

    This year has seen an increase in all of our performance indicators. We are proud of all
    of the achievements of all the young people who took GCSE exams this summer.

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  • Progress in Pictures

    Washington Mind is working in partnership with a group of young people on a new project ‘Progress in Pictures’.
    Due to the participatory nature of the work not all of the detail has been agreed yet. All will become clear as the project develops.
    Our main goals is to amplify the voices of young people in our locality.

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    It was with great pleasure that Blesma came in on 17th April 2018 to present their Community programme and the work that goes on behind the scenes to our learners and staff in school. The Charity was represented by Mark an ex-serviceman, and Owain who is employed be Blesma. The key principles behind the programme focused on overcoming adversity and developing the resilience to get back up and face obstacles that life can throw at you.

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Important Information

  • Safer Internet Day 2019

    Safer Internet Day 2019 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 5th February with the slogan: ‘Together for a better Internet’.

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  • Inclusion Quality Mark – Centre of Excellence Award!

    The Link School is proud to announce it has been re-accredited with the Inclusion Quality Mark - Centre of Excellence award.

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  • School Inset Day Friday 23rd November 2018

    School will be closed on Friday 23rd November to all pupils due to a whole school training day.

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  • Inspection of The Link School Tudor Grove by Ofsted

    The Link School Tudor Grove will be inspected on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th June 2018. The lead inspector will be Tricia Stevens. A letter will be sent to you and will be available to view on the school website detailing what is involved.

    Your views about the school are important to us. If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted's online survey Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk

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  • The Link School Visit to Westoe Care Home

    KS2 Pupils deliver Christmas cheer to Westoe Care Home in South Shields.

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  • Inset Day!

    The Link School will be closed to all learners on Monday 30th October 2017 for a staff inset day. All learners are to return to school as normal on Tuesday 31st October 2017.

    Please read more for future key dates.

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Headteacher’s welcome

Welcome to The Link School website

I am delighted to be able to welcome you to the Link School and introduce myself as the Head Teacher. 2017-2018 was another fantastic year for Link School which saw us retaining our Good Judgement at our Tudor Grove Site. In addition, we retained our Inclusion Quality Mark and Anti-Bullying Platinum Award whilst also achieving Stage 2 in the Investors in Careers Award. This demonstrates our continued commitment to ensuring our young people are at the heart of what we do.

The GCSE results for this year have also shown continuous improvement with 88% of pupils achieving a GCSE English qualification and 84% of pupils achieving a GCSE Maths qualification. We have increased the number of pupils who have left the school with five or more GCSE qualifications.

The Link School is an alternative learning provider working with young learners and their families across the City of Sunderland. There are two schools; The Link School, Tudor Grove which works with learners across Key Stage 2 and 3 and The Link School, Pallion, which provides education for learners at Key Stage 4.

I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to take over the leadership of the Link School. My priority as Head Teacher is to ensure the Link School continues to grow on its journey to becoming outstanding. This can only happen with you and your support. Being a mum of two girls, I am very much aware of the importance of family and I really do believe you and your children, as part of our link school family have the strength and passion to ensure that this happens together.

As the Head teacher of the school, I am looking forward to getting to know you and your children over the coming months whilst ensuring  children are safe, happy and achieving well whilst they are in our care.

Donna Walker



Ofsted – The Link School Sunderland is a Good School!

Click below to read our latest Ofsted report for Tudor Grove:

Link School Tudor Grove Ofsted report 2018 .PDF

Click below to read our latest Ofsted report for Pallion:

Link School Pallion Ofsted Report 2017.PDF 


We are an Operation Encompass School



Link School Tudor Grove, Portland Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR3 1SS

Tel: 0191 562 3200
Fax: 0191 562 3201
Email: caroline.granton@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Link School Pallion, Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 562 3126
Email: anita.blakeman@schools.sunderland.gov.uk