The academy is developing strong links with Darlington College and the Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College.

Visits are arranged for students in Years 10 and 11 so that they can get a greater understanding of the opportunities offered in further education in Darlington.

We are also aiming to develop stronger links with local businesses and other organisations, and encourage students to find work experience to support their future careers.

All students have 1 lesson of PSHE (personal, social and health education) and 1 lesson of tutorial time per week. Lesson topics may include CV writing, interview skills, presentation and personal finance as well as discussions on further and higher education, apprenticeships, careers and other opportunities, to encourage students to think about their futures.