Excellent schools, universities and FE colleges on your doorstep


With class sizes amongst the lowest in the country, GCSE results in Tees Valley schools have risen faster than the national average over the past decade.

Primary school results are also better than the UK national average. Darlington has the highest proportion of children in good or outstanding primaries in England at 97%.

For older children, Tees Valley offers a wide choice of quality comprehensive and private schools, including the top-performing Macmillan Academy and the prestigious Yarm and Teesside High Schools.


Tees Valley is home to Teesside University, which was named University of the Year by the Times in 2010 and won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Excellence in 2014.

The university has an excellent reputation for engineering and manufacturing research, with over 1,700 students taking engineering courses and over 3,500 in its Science and Technology Department.

Over 75% of engineering graduates from Teesside University find an engineering job in the North East.

Within one hour of Tees Valley there are six universities who have over 9,000 engineering students. One of these institutions, Durham University, is one of the top five universities in the country.

Further education colleges

Tees Valley colleges have a key focus on engineering with over 7,000 students a year completing engineering courses across Darlington College, Hartlepool College, Middlesbrough College, Redcar & Cleveland College and Stockton Riverside College.

The five colleges offer a range of flexible engineering courses as well as foundation degrees in the likes of Renewable Energy Engineering, Electrical and Electronic engineering, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and Fabrication and Welding.

The Tees Valley is also home to specialist engineering training providers, including NETA Training, TTE and Falck Nutec.