Stand out anywhere in the world

At ACG Sunderland, college students have access to exceptional facilities and teaching staff, an international academic curriculum and a pastoral care programme that is underpinned by personalised attention. Our students are proud to be a part of the ACG Sunderland family.

The school consists of a Lower College (Years 7 to 10) and an Upper College (Years 11 to 13), with a seamless transition of learning between the two. The unique needs of each level are reflected in our teaching programmes – our Year 7 students are grouped together while the rest of the college features vertical classes, with a mix of year groups.

Our strong academic focus is supported by an outstanding extra-curricular programme and students are encouraged to strive for excellence in all aspects of their lives.

The college years

Throughout our students’ college years we emphasise:

– A high-quality international curriculum with a clear and measurable assessment system
– An atmosphere where students enjoy coming to school
– High involvement in co-curricular activities
– Opportunities for service and personal development
– An education of excellence

The Cambridge curriculum

Cambridge Assessment International Education is the world’s largest provider of international qualifications. The curriculum is part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the world-renowned University of Cambridge.

By offering the Cambridge curriculum we provide an education of the highest calibre, delivered by passionate teachers who are specialists in their subject fields. High-achieving students are extended through accelerated learning, while our academic and co-curricular programmes provide all students with enriching experiences and opportunities. The curriculum culminates in IGCSE, AS and A levels in Years 11–13.

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Lower College (Years 7–10)

Enthusiastic and highly skilled teachers ensure that students continue to build on their previous achievements. A broad-based and challenging  academic curriculum is offered in Years 7–10, alongside co-curricular activities to enhance skills. The College offers the Cambridge Lower Secondary programme in Years 7–9, followed by IGCSE preparation in Year 10. The subjects we teach ensure students take a balanced course that prepares them well for future needs. These years form an important base for senior study and qualifications.

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Upper College (Years 11–13)

Students in the Upper College are encouraged to study subjects that best suit their interests, abilities and future aspirations. We provide all students with individual guidance on subject selection. Our teaching methods ensure individual attention from teachers while close monitoring of performance promotes academic achievement. All students are challenged to set goals for themselves.

Senior students are encouraged to take an active role in house and school leadership opportunities, while sports and cultural groups provide a sense of service to the school. Peer mentoring, coaching and managing sports teams, tutoring and house responsibilities all contribute to building confidence and independence in our senior students.

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College events and camps

We encourage all students to participate in events and camps held throughout the year. These include the mathematics olympics evening for Years 7–10, leaders’ training weekends, the school ball, school picnics, and camps for all year levels.

The school also encourages your child to get involved in charity work, including fundraising events and supporting the Sunderland on Service projects each year.


Find out more about the sports, arts and activities on offer.


Academic success

Find out more about our students Cambridge academic success.