At St Robert of Newminster School and Sixth Form College we offer a range of traditional subjects alongside  vocational subjects, providing clear pathways for our students into Post 16 and Sixth Form Studies, University, Employment or Apprenticeships.

All students are assessed throughout their academic studies and are provided with impartial advice and support to allow each learner the opportunity to plan their own career pathway.  A structured tutorial programme is in place to provide all students with clear information advice and guidance from years 8 through to year 13.  All students are encouraged to speak to their parents, tutors and teachers when making key decisions in their subject choices to ensure they complete their education as employable and confident young people.



Year 8 & 9

In Year 8 and Year 9 students take part in a range of work related opportunities, including visits to local employers, Sunderland City’s Work Discovery Week and meet members of local industry through assemblies and subject areas.

Year 10

In Year 10 all students are encouraged to organise their own high quality Work Experience during the summer term.  This week long placement provides all learners with the opportunity to confirm their aspirations and experience what the world of work outside of school.

Year 11

In Year 11 all students have an independent careers interview organised by Sunderland Connexions Service.  Each student is provided with their own personalised career action plan and are supported to moving to the next stage of their career pathway.

Year 12

Our Year 12 students are also provided with the opportunity to organise a Work Experience Placement, to confirm their Career pathways whilst continuing their studies in the Sixth Form.  Students are also provided with the opportunity to have a further impartial careers interview, which focuses on moving to University or obtaining employment at 18.

Year 13

Year 13 students who are planning to progress their studies at College or University, are provided one to one support with a personalised referee to support them through the application process.  Students who plan to move into employment are provided with advice on Apprenticeships and other training opportunities.

14-19 Academic and Vocational Pathways