Student Careers Programme

Sedgefield Community College provides all of our students with an excellent package of careers education that prepares them to achieve success in the next stage of their lives beyond our school. Beginning in Year 7 and going right through to the end of Year 11, our students access a wide range of guidance and support that ensures they are ready for the challenges of further study or the world of work. A crucial aspect of this is the fact that we have fostered excellent links with a wide variety of post-16 education and training providers in the area and continue to work towards developing strong partnerships with a number of local employers.  When our students leave Year 11, we ensure that they have an excellent understanding of the full range of post-16 options that are available to them.  Whether students wish to pursue a ‘traditional’ academic route of A levels, take up an apprenticeship or traineeship with a local employer, or work towards achieving a vocational qualification, we will provide our students with the guidance that they need to achieve their full potential.

For more details about the specific elements of the Careers Journey that our students follow whilst at SCC, please view or download the document below:

Careers Journey

Exploring Careers at Home

This website provides an overview of our careers education, but for our students, parents and staff, the ‘Careers @ SCC’ site that is available via FROG, the school’s learning platform, provides far more detail and should be able to answer any careers related queries that you might have.  This site brings together a wide range of links to external websites, where more information about careers can be accessed.  Three of the most useful resources are detailed below:

Xello is a programme based upon careers investigation.  Students begin by completing interactive career, personality and learning style assessments to help them better understand their unique interests, skills and strengths.  The results of these questions then match students up to a series of careers that align with their preferences; there is extensive information available about each career.  Students can also use this software to build an online portfolio that highlights their interests, skills, experiences and achievements; this profile can be shared with interested parties, for example, future employers.  Students can return to this site and update their profile and interests as they progress through school and their priorities change.  We would strongly recommend that parents and students take the time to explore this package together.  Students will need login details to be able to access this resource.


The National Careers Service provides high quality information and independent advice and guidance to help people make the right learning and career choices. By bringing together a wealth of information on one website, it makes it easy to find information that is needed about learning or work. In addition to the website, it is also possible to contact the National Careers Service helpline for more specific advice (see website for details).


DurhamWorks is a dedicated programme for young people aged 16-24 living in County Durham who are not in education, employment or training.  DurhamWorks can provide a wide range of support to young people to help them to tailor their own future.  For students leaving school at the end of Y11, DurhamWorks can provide further support in the next stages of your life.


Future Choices

At the end of their time at Sedgefield Community College, we are anxious to ensure that all of our students go on to ACHIEVE great success in the future. Crucial to this is the need to ensure that the right choices are made at the end of Year 11.  As a school, Sedgefield Community College looks to foster strong links with a range of local post-16 education and training providers. In addition to well-established relationships with local colleges and sixth forms, in recent years we have made significant changes to our careers programme to make sure that our students are fully aware of apprenticeship routes and traineeships, ensuring all students are aware of the full range of post-16 options that are available to them.   Our intention is to ensure that our students have the fullest possible understanding of the range of options that are available to them and then receive the necessary guidance to make the right choices to ensure their future success.

Employer Links and Engagement

As a school, we recognise the importance of establishing strong links with the world of work.  Doing so can help our students to develop their understanding of what employment actually involves and support them in building up skills that will ultimately be valued in the workplace.  We are pro-active in developing meaningful links with a wide range of employers and are keen to continue creating new opportunities for our students to engage with as many employers as possible both within school and also at the workplace.

If you are a local employer who would be interested in supporting the programme of careers education that we offer to students at SCC, we would be delighted to hear from you.  Please contact Mrs King, the school’s Careers Leader, at this email address:

If you are a former student and would like to get in touch with a view to supporting our careers programme, please fill out our alumni form here.

Reviewing our Careers Programme

In order to ensure the impact of our careers programme, we use a variety of methods to review it, including:

  • Regularly seeking the views of SCC students, staff, parents and external agencies.
  • Analysing destination data for SCC students who leave the school at the end of Y11.
  • Regularly reflecting on the careers lessons and careers events that take place in school.

Our careers programme is reviewed on an annual basis and the next scheduled review will take place in July 2022.

The Quality in Careers Standard

To provide students and parents with assurance that our careers programme is of the highest standard that it can possibly be, the school demonstrated that it meets the requirements to achieve the third and final stage of the ‘Inspiring IAG’ Award in Autumn 2018.  Our accreditation was reviewed and maintained in Autumn 2020.  Having successfully met the challenging standards for this prestigious award, the school has received the ‘Quality in Careers Standard’.  Having achieved this recognition for our CEIAG provision, we remain committed to further developing our practice and ensuring our students continue to benefit from an outstanding range of links with other education and training providers, as well as with many representatives of the world of work.

Who to talk to if you have a question

Mrs King (Assistant Headteacher and Careers Leader – is responsible for overseeing the whole school strategy for careers education at SCC and Mr McGeary (Careers Coordinator – leads on key aspects of our day to day programme.  Both will happily speak with any student or parent who would like further advice relating to future careers intentions and how best our students can work towards achieving these.  Mrs King and Mr McGeary can be contacted at their emails above or by phoning or writing to the school.

Tutors and Heads of Year play a vital role in supporting our students and they will also be able to support with many of the queries that our students may have and will be able to direct queries to the correct member of staff if this is necessary.