Northumberland East Sixth Form is designed to be the perfect bridge between study and higher education, specialist training or work.

We aim to support the development of the whole student; focusing on academic excellence as well as developing softer skills such as leadership, teamwork and creativity and preparing students for independent life after NE6. 

Alongside their three subjects, all students are required to complete an “Active Citizenship” award and taking part in our Careers programme, our PSHE programme and our Life Skills programme.  A compulsory work experience week is also a requirement as is attendance at all Post-16 briefings, tutor registrations and tutor periods.

Careers programme

  • 1:1 careers interviews
  • Visits to University
  • Visiting speakers from Universities, Apprenticeships and Employers
  • CV building workshops
  • UCAS workshops
  • Interview preparation
  • Careers fairs
  • NHS masterclasses
  • Enrolment in Durham Supported Progression, NU:Entry, Sutton Trust and other access schemes.

PSHE programme

  • Dealing with exam pressure, stress and anxiety
  • Mental wellbeing and mindfulness
  • How do I vote and what does it mean to live in a democracy?
  • Critical thinking and fake news
  • Monarchy debate
  • Online safety and social media
  • Healthy relationships
  • Addiction and prevention

Life Skills

  • Finance and budgeting
  • First aid, health & safety
  • Nutrition and cooking for yourself
  • Charity fundraising
  • Enterprise and business
  • Student executive


All sixth form students at NE6 undertake three A- level or equivalent vocational qualifications. 

In addition, all students opt for an enrichment activity, undertake work experience and a range of other activities such as charity fundraising, trips and visits and additional qualifications.

Students who do not have grade 4 or above at GCSE in mathematics and either English Language or Literature, will also continue their studies at GCSE level. 


Sixth form is about more than just exams and at NE6 we believe these years are an important time for developing wider skills to take into adult life. We therefore ensure students can access a range of opportunities to develop key ‘life skills’ across all curriculum areas and through overseas visits, sporting activities and competitive events.

Across our curriculum, students benefit from a range of residential and day trips including, outward bound visits to Ullswater theatre and cinema visits, visit to the Law Courts in Newcastle and the opportunity to watch various sporting events.

Our scientists in particular benefit from a broad range of field trips, which recently included a trip to the famous Large Hadron Collider at Cern in Switzerland. Our history and social science students have recently had the opportunity to visit London and the Palace of Westminster, Krakow and Auschwitz, and the Crown Courts. 

We recognise the benefits of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme and many sixth form students are working towards the different awards with the support of our staff and the wider community.