South Shields Marine School’s award-winning 3D modelling team is rewriting history – but it could take some time.

To keep pace with technology, the team is upgrading computer files which hold details of their ground-breaking work in ship and port digital modelling from more than 20 years.

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Maritime expert Simon Ashton has brought his career full circle by being named the new Principal of South Shields Marine School.

Simon, 46, began his training as an ambitious cadet at the marine school – the world’s oldest purpose-built maritime training centre – in 1993.

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Our hard-working GCSE maths and English students have excelled, new results show today.

South of the river all 38 English language learners passed – and 36.8% did so at high grade, and there was similar success on our maths courses.

All 28 maths foundation and tier F students passed, at 35.7% and 100% high grade respectively. And 81% of our 22 maths higher students passed, 54.5% at high grade.

Overall, that’s a 95.6% pass rate for 90 students – a tremendous 42.2% high grade mark.

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South Shields Marine School has enhanced its status as a world-leading training centre through a £300,000 new generation systems upgrade.

Its world-class bridge simulators, on which seafarers learn their trade via cutting edge ship modelling and 3D visuals, now run on Norwegian technology firm Kongsberg’s latest K-Sim maritime software.

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South Shields Marine School’s Principal has hailed the success of a ‘virtual’ recruitment day on Saturday, November 28, which saw 130 would-be mariners sign-up for careers at sea.

Simon Ashton said he was thrilled so many people had committed their futures to the Merchant Navy from an event which connected his team to a global audience via an online portal.

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Seafarers taking courses at South Shields Marine School have been buoyed by the introduction of new technology to help them beat the coronavirus pandemic.

Those from as far afield as the Middle East and India are now able to access high-quality lessons online – ensuring lecturers can continue to deliver key learning all year round.

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South Shields Marine School is going ‘virtual’ to help would-be seafarers navigate the stormy waters of coronavirus to launch their careers.

Staff will be online between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, November 28, via a virtual portal to relay in-depth information about life in the Merchant Navy.

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Pioneering Career College North East (CCNE), which is part based at South Tyneside College, has been praised for lighting the spark of ambition in young students and getting them on track for employment success.

New data shows all 14-16-year-olds who completed CCNE’s latest two-year programme this summer, progressed into further learning or new training.

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Teenager Laura Bray has set the wheels in motion on a career that is going places by landing a prized apprenticeship with luxury vehicle brand Mercedes-Benz.

A precision eye for detail helped the 17-year-old, of Jarrow, South Tyneside, attain the coveted three-year training position that is expected to lead to a full-time job as a paint technician.

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