Ponteland High School is committed to providing high quality career education to ensure that our students are happy, secure and achieve exceptionally well in their future lives.

Ponteland High is working towards the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance and they are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Careers education will be delivered in a variety of ways including tutorials, assemblies, one-to-one interviews, options of work experience, and events which take place both inside and outside of school.

Students will have the opportunity to work with a careers adviser, who will provide impartial guidance to our students on a one-to-one basis. They will include information on a wide range of education and training options and will show no bias towards a particular institution, education or work option.

To support this work we will invite a range of education and training providers to visit our school and further information can be found in our Provider Access Policy here.

Post-16 Options

We know that for the majority of our students choosing to remain in school and progress to our highly successful 6th form will be the preferred option.

Further information our 6th form offer can be viewed by following the link below.


Some students will prefer to explore other options that may better suit their needs. Information about local colleges and apprenticeships are listed below.


For information on how apprenticeships work and to see current vacancies please look at the following website:

Online Guidance and Labour Market Information

It is never too early to begin thinking about potential careers and future choices. We encourage students to be proactive in this and suggest the following as a good starting point.

The Baker Clause

Since January 2018 all local authority maintained schools and academies must give education and training providers the opportunity to talk to pupils in years 8 to 13 about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships. Schools must have clear arrangements in place to ensure that all pupils have opportunities to hear from providers of post-16 and post-18 options.

Our Provider Access Policy can be accessed here.

If you are a provider/employer and would like to offer apprenticeships, information and guidance, work experience placements or alternative provision for our students at Post 16, please contact Mr David Coburn, our school careers leader.

Contact Mr Jonny Greenshields