Dyke House Sports & Technology College

Attainment and Achievement through Creativity, Collaboration and Character





Careers at Dyke House college

Careers Team

Careers manager - Mrs S Sheldrick

Assistant headteacher - Mr D Goode

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Tel: 01429266377

Careers Links

Diary of Events 2017/18

CEIAG Policy

Destinations information 2015 - 2017

6th Form SOW - 17/18

Y7 Careers

Y8 Careers

Y9 Careers (part 1)

Y9 careers (part 2)


The careers education and guidance programme at Dyke House seeks to positively support you to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work. At Dyke House Academy we use 'The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks'as a guide to ensuring we support students in the most effective way possible

How You Can Support Your Child

A child is never too young to be thinking about their future plans and aspirations. Students who have clear personal goals and career ambitions are more likely to make progress in school attain good exam results and secure a pathway to a fulfilling and happy future.

Obviously, aspirations and career plans may change significantly between year 7 and 13 but having an on-going conversation about possible higher education and career choices can improve motivation and enthusiasm for all students.

The School Will

We aim to enable Dyke House College students to become effective and independent career planners, able to make informed decisions in preparation for moving on to further and higher education, training and employment.

We aim to do this in three ways:

  • Self-development
  • Career Exploration
  • Career Management and Employability Skills
  • Encouraging students to develop an understanding of themselves and the influences on them
  • Instilling an ethos of self- determination and self-improvement as a learner
  • Learning about careers and the world of work
  • Making the most of careers information, advice and guidance
  • Learning how to make and adjust plans to manage change and transition.
  • Developing basic employability skills including showing initiative and enterprise
  • Handling the application and selection process
  • Developing personal financial capability

Careers Education and Work Related Learning is delivered through our Learning Guide programme in each year group from Y7 to Y11. Learning Guides are central to this delivery and are fully briefed and supported by our CEIAG specialist.

Once a term, your child's learning guide will discuss their career aspirations with them and the links between progress in school and their pathways into future education and employment.

Events in the LG programme include a range of visits by and to local employers and post-16 education providers.


All Students in Y9 attend a one day Careers Event in school during the spring term. The normal timetable is collapsed for the day and staff from local colleges and Training Providers and volunteers from various professions come into school to run hands on workshops and information sessions.


All students in Y10 attend a one day STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Enterprise event. Students work in groups and are set a business challenge in the morning and an engineering challenge in the afternoon. The event promotes basic enterprise skills (team working, problem solving, working to tight deadlines, creative thinking, etc.) as well as promoting career opportunities in the engineering industry.

Towards the end of the summer term all Y10 students take part in a careers activity week which consists of the following:

  • Industry Day - This is a mini work experience activity. Students find out about careers in a sector in which they may be interested and have an overview of how a business in that sector operates.
  • Finance Enterprise/Career Day - activities in school to promote financial capability, explore the labour market and also an opportunity to look at and register on the apprenticeship website.
  • Taster Day at Hartlepool College of Further Education - students choose two vocational areas to sample.
  • Taster Day at Hartlepool 6th Form College - an opportunity to sample both A level and BTEC courses and enrichment activities
  • Making Opportunities - At the business conferencing facilities at Sedgefield Racecourse. This is an ideal backdrop for practicing completing application forms and interview techniques.

2. What you can do?..

It will be really valuable if you have conversations with your child about their career plans. Even an informal chat is good but if you want to give them more advice or just want to find out about a particular career or University choice then you might find the links below useful.

Useful websites

www.startprofile.com: (to register enter your personal details and then select Dyke House from the drop down school list.

The registration code for Dyke House students is 41121)

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk Government Careers Website

www.careersbox.co.uk Free Careers Films on the Web

www.icould.com Careers Advice, Choices and Ideas – take the BUZZ test!

www.plotr.co.ukDiscover and explore exciting careers

www.getingofar.gov.uk Information about apprenticeships plus link to National Apprenticeship Matching Service - (APPRENTICESHIP VACANCIES)

www.northernskills.co.uk Apprenticeship vacancies (through Middlesbrough College)

www.tvwbl.net Tees Valley Learning Provider Network (Apprenticeships)

www.ucas.com University course information and admission

www.bestcourse4me.com Shows the link between what you study, what you earn and the jobs you get.

www.notgoingtouni.co.ukThe one stop site for apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning and jobs

www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk Apprenticeships, School leavers Programmes and Sponsored Degrees

www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk Apprenticeship vacancies

www.careermap.co.uk Apprenticeship and School Leaver jobs

www.careercamel.com Careers advice and apprenticeship vacancies

www.myworldofwork.co.ukCareers and course advice

www.targetcareers.co.ukInspiring Possibilities for School Leavers

www.studentladder.co.ukInformation and guidance from GCSE through to graduation

www.stepintothenhs.nhs.ukNHS careers

www.construct.org.ukConstruction careers


www.theiet.org The Institute of Engineering and technology

www.imeche.org The Institute of Mechanical Engineers

www.ice.org.uk The Institute of Civil Engineering


Hartlepool Colleges:

Hartlepool College of Further Education

Stockton Street


  • Vocational courses such as Hair & Beauty, Construction, Childcare, Graphics etc
  • Apprenticeships
  • Centre of excellence for Engineering
  • Construction skills academy
  • Sports Academies in Football, Basketball and Table Tennis

Hartlepool 6th Form College



Mainly A levels but some vocational courses too e.g. Health and Social Care, Sport, Graphics etc.

Sports Academies for Football, Netball and Rugby

English Martyrs 6th Form College Catcote Road


Mainly A levels - particularly noted for Art and Music subjects

Out of Town Colleges:

East Durham College - Peterlee

Willerby Grove

Free bus service from Hartlepool


Vocational Courses particularly noted for:

  • Sport development centres for Basketball, Boxing, Dance, Football and Rugby
  • Construction Industry Technical Academy
  • Peter Jones Business Academy

Also offer apprenticeships

East Durham College - Houghall


Free bus service from Hartlepool


  • Animal and Land-based courses

Stockton Riverside College

Harvard Avenue, Thornaby

5 mins. walk from Thornaby Train Station. 10 mins. walk from Stockton Town Centre


Vocational Courses particularly noted for:

  • Performing Arts
  • Aviation (airport and Cabin Crew)

SRC - Bede Sixth Form

Marsh House Ave

On the No 36 Bus Route


Part of Stockton Riverside College, Bede offers mostly A levels with some vocational courses in Media and Sport (specialising in outward bound)

Middlesbrough College

Dock street

Free bus service from Hartlepool


  • Vocational Courses including Fashion Retail
  • Apprenticeships
  • 6th Form Centre for A levels
  • STEM centre for engineering and science courses
  • Sports Academies in Gymnastics, Volleyball, Football and Basketball

Cleveland College of Art & Design

Green Lane, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough

College bus service from Church Square, Hartlepool costs 50p


Various one and two year courses at levels 1,2 &3 in subjects such as:

  • Art & Design
  • Creative and Media
  • Fashion and Clothing
  • Photography

TTE - Engineering College Edison House, Middlesbrough Road East
South Bank, Middlesbrough TS6 6TZ


Engineering Courses and apprenticeships

NETA - Engineering College

Leeholme Road, Billingham, TS23 3TA


Engineering Courses and Apprenticeships

N.B. other Apprenticeship Learning Providers can be found at www.tvwbl.net


Useful Links


Regional Infographic - North East

Year 9 Careers event

Year 10 Making Opportunities

Year 10 Financial Enterprise Event

Year 10 Industry Day

Year 10 STEM Event

The latest Tees Valley Skills Newsletter is now available to download from the Tees Valley Skills Portal.