Education and Careers


In this section you will find lots of useful information about education and careers advice for young people including where you can go for more information or help.

If you would rather to speak to someone about this, you can pop into your local Family Hub or call South Tyneside MASH on 0191 424 5210.


When it comes to attending school, you should remember:

  • Low attendance means a lower chance of getting into further education and employment
  • Good attendance means higher grades and better chances in life
  • Missing the odd day can become a habit
  • Every lesson in school matters and if you have time off you may find it difficult to catch up
  • Absences for medical appointments should be requested as far in advance as possible and your parents / carers should try to make routine appointments (for example dental check ups) during school holidays or after school hours
  • School is a great place to have fun and make new friends and it can give you improved confidence
  • There is a strong link between non-attendance and street crime and / or substance abuse
  • Attending school improves your health. It encourages good social skills, helps you create friendships and will also help you physically through regular exercise
  • Lateness equals lost learning. Five minutes every day adds up to over three days lost each year

If you would like to talk to someone about attendance, or any other related issues, speak to the attendance officer at your school or contact the Council’s Attendance Monitoring Team on 0191 424 7400.


Connexions South Tyneside provides careers information, advice and guidance to young people aged between 16 and 18, and up to 25 if they have a special educational need or disability.

Connexions Advisers can support young people to make positive choices about their future with information about: 

  • college courses 
  • apprenticeships 
  • 6th form 
  • employment opportunities 
  • training schemes  

All Connexions Advisers are appropriately qualified to nationally recognised careers information, advice and guidance standards (Level 6) recommended by Ofsted and the Career Development Institute (CDI). 

You can contact Connexions South Tyneside for advice or to make an appointment by calling 0191 424 6690 or 0191 424 6657, or emailing 

Connexions South Tyneside

Further and higher education

Choosing a course

Choices at 16

Don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do in the future – you are not alone!

There are a lot of options available, so you will have to think carefully before making your choice.

Choices at 18

After taking a level 3 course, leading to qualifications such as A levels, you could consider higher education, further education or work-related training, getting a job, taking a year out or self-employment.


Further education in South Tyneside

St Joseph’s RC Comprehensive School

Harton Technology College 6th form

South Tyneside College

St Wilfrid’s RC College

Whitburn Church of England Academy


Other further education nearby

Newcastle College

Sunderland College

Gateshead College

Tyne Metropolitan College


Higher education nearby

Newcastle University

Sunderland University

Northumbria University