A specialist hairdressing academy at South Tyneside College has been named the best among its national contemporaries in a competition held at famous hair care brand L’Oreal’s London headquarters.

The college’s Lee Stafford Education Academy at STC, one of nine training centres operated by the former British Men’s Hairdresser of the Year, was judged top by a panel of experts.

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A hairdressing partnership at South Tyneside College is going from strength to strength – and two masterclasses have helped establish ever firmer roots.

The Lee Stafford Education Academy at STC, now in its second academic year, boasts 80 full-time students.

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World record breaking freestyle footballer John Farnworth has visited South Tyneside College to showcase his skills – and launch a new joint sport and academic scholarship.

He impressed students with his prowess at keeping a football in the air through flicks and tricks during a stunning 15-minute display.

John, 32, then kicked off the new course based around participation in futsal, a sport similar to five-a-side football but demanding greater skills.

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