Schools Team

At Stockton Riverside College, SRC Bede Sixth Form, NETA Training Group and The Skills Academy we understand that choosing the next step after leaving school is one of the first important decisions students make on their way to their future career.

With so many opportunities available we believe it is vital every individual student is aware of all their options in order to make the right choice for them.

When it comes to making those all important decisions our Schools Team are here to help.

Offering a range of services, both in College and in school, the team can not only provide advice and guidance but also, through its range of taster sessions, masterclasses and explorer days, offer students a real taste of College life.

Our dedicated Schools Team is the first point of contact for schools, advisors and of course students, to discover exactly what Stockton Riverside College, SRC Bede Sixth Form, NETA Training Group and The Skills Academy have to offer.

Want to know more about the dedicated progression services we can offer? Email or call 01642 865 566

Conor McKerlie – Student Recruitment Co-ordinator

Conor McKerlie looks after the student recruitment team and is responsible for making sure that all of our schools have a named contact. He looks forward to being able to make a difference. He remembers what it was like to be a school leaver and feel the uncertainly of which direction to take.

Originally from Leeds, it was circumstances that brought him to Stockton where he landed a job as a business administration apprentice at the College. Seven years later he remains a valued member of the team and now it’s his job to help students make the right choices for them.

“Seeing the students and knowing that you are helping them to make a decision, that’s the best bit,” he said. “It is an achievement to see students progress, to hear their success stories and to know that you have played a small part in that.”

Leigh Teague – Information Advisor

Leigh Teague is a new member of the school’s team, however she has been a lecturer at Stockton Riverside College for four years. Her background in the Creative Industries has gave her a good understanding of progression and the importance of being on the right course.

“Not only is it important that students are on the right course, it is also a priority that they are aware of their progression route after leaving college. There are so many fantastic opportunities available, it is vital that we help students progress in the right direction.”

Sarah Kellaway – Information Advisor

As an information adviser Sarah meets hundreds of school leavers every year preparing to take their next steps. With ten years’ experience in the field, she understands that every single student is an individual with their own ambitions and dreams.

Sarah’s advice would be: “Make sure you explore all of the avenues available to you. Don’t just follow your friends. Attend all the different open evenings and decide what is right for you, not your best friend.”

And the best part of the job? Sarah says: “At school I always struggled knowing what I wanted to do, so it feels apt that today I am helping others to work out what their hopes, dreams and aspirations are. I get a buzz from meeting a student, helping them with their choices and seeing them go on to achieve at college and do amazing things in the world of work.”

Justine Reed – Information Advisor

Justine is a new addition to the schools team and is looking forward engaging with perspective students.  Her previous role as an Assessor has gave her over 15 years of experience working with young people working towards their career goals.  Justine will use her knowledge of the education sector to help potential students make the right decision towards their chosen pathway.

“I have always enjoyed working with young people and ensuring they understand the opportunities available to them. It’s a really daunting time leaving school and progressing into further education.  I am here to ensure the students feel supported in this life changing transition.”

College Tours

Available on an individual or group basis, giving your students the chance to look around our campuses and meet college staff and students.


An opportunity to invite Stockton Riverside College, SRC Bede Sixth Form or The Skills Academy tutors to deliver an aspect of your curriculum, either on your site or ours. This can be very useful for careers discussions and can also help to develop a particular aspect of your options curriculum.