Two musicians whose talents have lit up some of the biggest names in modern rock and pop, have inspired students through masterclasses at South Tyneside College.


Drummer Steve White’s polished playing powered Paul Weller’s success over 25 years with both The Style Council and his solo albums and tours.

He has also toured with Oasis and Jon Lord, the late keyboardist in rock band Deep Purple.


Tyne Coast College has expanded its influence within the North East’s education sector by supporting a specialist technology centre to become an academy.

Walker Technology College has switched to academy status after the Department for Education (DfE) granted permission for it to become part of Tyne Coast Academy Trust.


A Tyne Coast College special needs education expert has been honoured in a surprise presentation as part of a prestigious national celebration of teaching.

Mark Lambert received a Silver Teaching Award in the Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education category of the national Pearson Teaching Awards.


Internationally renowned South Shields Marine School is making waves with a new man at the helm.

John Roach has been appointed Principal, replacing highly respected Gary Hindmarch, who has retired.

South Shields-born John’s promotion – he has been assistant principal since 2017 – has brought his career full circle.


A South Tyneside College apprentice who specialises in promoting football to females has been given a fresh sporting chance to progress her career.

Alex Fontaine, 18, has won a second year of funding from a national FA-backed programme to get more girls playing soccer.

She is one of only four Women and Girls Football Apprentices in the country to gain the £7,000 support two years running.


South Tyneside College is to play a key role in a new partnership to boost the skills of hundreds of employees at the UK’s largest mental health trust.

It has been selected by Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust to provide part of a package of support to upskill some of the trust’s 6,000 staff.