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


Career of the Week

Every week we will share ‘Career of the Week’ 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.

Review July 2022

Destination Data (Post-16) 2016-2021



 To read our full Careers Strategy and Policy please click on the link below:

Careers Policy 2021 final



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 commitment 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.



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


Apprenticeship Opportunity

We are working with Bell Group Painters and Decorators to develop a programme of practical workshops for our learners over the coming weeks. However, they currently have opportunities to join their apprenticeship scheme. Please click on the link below and check out the poster below and their website for more details on and how to apply. For help and support to apply please ask a member of staff at school or contact Gina or Rachel.

Apprentice Recruitment



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

Tel: 0191 561 5777

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

Tel: 0191 561 4777