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

Students are given careers advice guidance to assist them in making informed choices about their future. Students are encouraged to have high aspirations whether this following an apprenticeship route or Sixth Form College leading to university. Representatives from colleges and universities attend parent’s information evenings in both Key Stage 3 and 4 to offer advice and guidance to all students at the early stages of their careers. Links are strong with Carmel College, Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form and Darlington College. Links are being formed with Sunderland and Teesside Universities and students will see much more of an active presence from both around the academy this year.