Mentoring Programmes


Good careers advice enables students to make the right decisions about the higher education courses they should apply for. “

Ofsted report: Careers Advice


Special Mentoring Programmes

Our tailored programmes include support in the following areas:


Achieving a degree from a good university is one of the best ways to secure a successful future career. The key factors in doing this are:

  • Choosing the right A levels
  • Being ambitious and hard-working
  • Developing independent learning
  • Achieving your full potential
  • Being well informed and supported in applying to university.

OxNet is a national access and outreach initiative. Its first North East Hub is based at Southmoor Academy, supported jointly by Oxford and other top universities as part of their commitment to widening participation amongst groups under-represented in higher education. Our Raising Aspirations Coordinator will work with high-achieving students with potential for applying to an OxNet programme as part of the Year 12 Honours Programme. This consists of weekly seminars focused around university-style writing and presenting, critical thinking and constructing and de-constructing complex arguments.

This year-long extra-curricular course for Year 12 pupils will give participants a chance to engage with academics conducting world-leading research, culminating in a week-long residential Summer School at the University of Oxford.


The Sixth Form provides students with opportunities all year round, from subject-specific workshops to general widening participation schemes. Sessions include, but are not limited to: Anthony Nolan volunteering, a cybercrime workshop from Teesside University, working with an author as part of the Orwell Youth Prize, an Italian Taster Session from Durham University, bridging the gap with Positively MAD, debating BIG questions with Oxplore, a hands-on experience of sound design with the Northern School of Art, and designing race cars with ‘F1 Into Schools’.

In terms of Widening Participation, students access university schemes around the country to support their applications in Year 13, including: Durham Supported Progression, Next Step York, NU Entry, Realising Opportunities, The Social Mobility Foundation, Sunderland First Choice, Sutton Trust UK and Teesside Passport. These often include reduced offers, a chance to attend summer schools, and the potential for sector-specific work experience.


Aspiring medical students have a tailored programme of support starting from year 12. We run a weekly ‘Med Group’ where students have the opportunity to discuss current affairs, learn about interviews and admissions tests, and put together a portfolio of experience to make an outstanding application. We have long-standing links with local hospitals, GP surgeries and medical schools, all of which provide students with hands-on experience and access to expert advice.


Regardless of what your background or interests may be, we can tailor our support to suit your individual needs.