At NCEAT, we believe that the role of a school goes so much further than just teaching in a classroom. We feel strongly that it is our responsibility to prepare pupils for life beyond school, supporting them to develop key skills which will help them to become well-rounded young people who will contribute positively to our communities.

Once a powerhouse of industry, the North East has suffered a sharp economic decline in the past 30 years, creating a legacy of unemployment and hardship. South East Northumberland in particular was hit hard by closure of the coal mines and then again by the decommission of Blyth Power Station in the early 2000s.

Despite a number of major employers putting down roots in the area over the past few years, this legacy of decline is still felt in the local communities that NCEAT schools serve today; resulting in many of our pupils, when they reach the end of their school career, feeling like there are no opportunities for them on their doorsteps.

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Norman Vincent Peale.

The Raising Aspirations campaign aims to turn this around by shining a light on some of the incredible businesses in the area and the range of amazing careers that our pupils can aspire to. We’ve also collected some case studies from local young people who have gone on to achieve incredible things, proving that where you come from has no relevance to where you might end up, if you’re willing to work hard and stick in. Find out more about the Raising Aspirations campaign.