The world of work is a fast paced and ever changing environment. It is therefore vital that you are fully informed and prepared for making choices regarding your next steps after leaving John Spence. We aim to support you so that the transition from school to the real world is as smooth and uncomplicated as it can be, and to equip you with the knowledge and understanding to enable you to make the right decisions.

Skills are a huge part of preparing you for life after John Spence, and personality type can often mean different people are better suited to different professions. Try the buzz quiz to see what type of animal you are!

Futures Month – Throughout the month of January every year, we have a huge range of activities, assemblies and events, focussed on all things careers. From assemblies on local labour market information, to apprenticeship workshops, it’s all covered. Each year group has a slightly different focus to give you the opportunity to cover as much as possible during your 5 years at John Spence. For more information on what is delivered in each year group, visit the ‘Key Documents’ section.

Careers Education – During your ‘Fit for Life’ lessons, you will cover careers education lessons from learning about employability skills in year 7, to writing practice application forms in year 11. Each subject will also try to link their subject to potential careers and plan visits and trips to enhance this.

Careers Advice – If you would like to speak to our careers advisors, Connexions; you can arrange a one to one appointment by asking your form tutor to email [email protected]. You can access this service in any year group, if you have a question about how to get into a certain job, or what entry requirements are needed to a specific further education course, they can answer all your queries.

Useful links – If you want to explore careers or are looking for courses for when you leave John Spence, here are some useful websites:

Career and Job information: (you will need your login for this)

Local College and Sixth forms:

Queen Alexandra Sixth Form –
Tynemet College –
South Shields Marine School –
Newcastle Sixth Form –
Newcastle College –
Connexions –
Kirkley Hall –

Apprenticeships information: