Welcome to Careers Information & Guidance at The Link School. On this page we have a range of information for you as learners and your Parents/Carers which will help you make decisions about your future. 


The Link School supports students to re-engage in education and make progress towards their learning and employment goals. We recognise that an effective Career Education and Guidance (CEG) programme is vital to raising the aspirations of students and enabling them to make realistic and informed choices about their future employment options.


What is Careers Education and Guidance?

The aim of CEG is to enable students to find out about the world of work, develop key employability skills and ensure that they take responsibility for planning their own career pathway. CEG at The Link School takes place within lessons and assemblies as well as through external visits and guest speakers. Year 11 students will also receive 1:1 guidance once a term. Your child will learn how to research different jobs, make decisions and find out what opportunities are open to them once they leave school. They will also have the opportunity to attend an internal careers fair and meet with local colleges, training providers and employers with a view to supporting them with the next steps once they leave school. As a parent/carer you would like any further information about Careers Education and Guidance at The Link School please contact us using the details below.

Careers Team

Mrs G Nesbitt – Associate Senior Leader / Careers Lead & KS3 Teacher

Miss R Reay – Careers and Information Guidance Administrator

Mr R Allnutt – Independent Careers Advisor Careerwave

Ms Alexandra Potter – Independent Careers Advisor Careerwave


Our careers team can be contacted on 0191 561 4777 / 0191 561 5777

 To read our full Careers Strategy and Policy  and Provider Access Policy please click on the links below:

Careers Policy 2021-2024

Provider Access Policy 2023-24


Job of the Week

Every week we will share ‘Job of the Week’ video where we highlight one job, role or profession that might be of interest to you when you leave school. These will also be shared on our school Facebook page. For any further information about any of the careers profiled, please talk to any member of staff.


Click on any of these links to watch previous episodes:

#1 Actuary

#2 Barber

#3 Cardiologist

#4 Disaster Manager

#5 Employment Advisor

#6 Firefighter

#7 Games Tester

#8 Hotel Porter

#9 IT Technician

#10 Journalist

#11 Kennel Worker

#12 Librarian

#13 Marine Biologist

#14 Neurologist



Review July 2022

Destination Data (Post-16)



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

Investors in Careers Full Award Certificate.PDF


The Link School are delighted to be undertaking the process to be awarded with the Investors in Careers Award for a second time. The link below is for a letter of c

ommitment to the process of attaining this award signed by our Head Teacher and Careers Link Governor. For any further information on the Investors in Careers Award or the process involved please speak to our Careers Lead.

Link to Letter:


News Flash…

We are incredibly proud to share that the work that we did to support our Y11 leavers in 2021 has been formally recognised by the Department for Education. We are currently also supporting our 2022 leavers to start thinking about possible destinations once they leave us at the end of Year 11. There will be a range of visits and activities for them to take part in over the next few months and further opportunities to meet with the Careers Lead, Gina and the Careers Advisor, Alex to discuss options, develop CVs and apply for courses/placements/jobs. 

Please click on the link below to read our case study. The Link School is not named directly, but we are the first one you read when you arrive at the page.

A Huge thanks go to the Careers Team as well as all of the staff who supported our learners. We would also like to thank parents and carers for their ongoing support.



College Advice Visits

Please see below a list of local college open events you may wish to take your year 10 or 11 child along to in the near future. As always, further advice can also be found by calling either Springwell Dene or Pallion and asking for Gina or Rachel. There is also a clickable link in order to see an enlarged version of this poster at the bottom of the poster.

Up Coming College Events Poster


Local Market Information for the North East

Every month there we will load a document here showing all of the local market information (LMI) for the North East region. LMI helps us to make future decisions about training, education and employment after we leave school and throughout our lives. It ensures that we all have greater knowledge of the opportunities in our local area and how we can achieve our ambitions for the future. Knowing which job sectors and industries are expanding and contracting ensures we can make the best choices for our future. Take a look at the bulletin below by clicking on the link and chat with staff in school about how this affects the choices you make at post-16.

LMI Bulletin North East March 2022

LMI Bulletin North East April 2022

LMI Bulletin North East August 2022

Careers Case Study

Please click on the link below to read our careers case study for 2022-23.

Careers Case study 2022-2023 new

Please take a look at the newletter below from Sunderland Digital Careers. Lots of exciting opportunities and events taking place in our area!

Sunderland Digital Careers Newsletter May 2022

October 2022 Sunderland Digital Careers Newsletter

November 2022 Sunderland Digital Careers Newsletter

February 2023 Sunderland Digital Careers Newsletter

Sunderland Digital Tech Expo

Take a look at the poster below and get in touch if you are interested in attending this event:



Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777

Office Opening Times

Mon-Thurs: 8am – 4:30pm

Friday: 8am – 4pm

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

Tel: 0191 561 4777



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