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.


South Tyneside College has partnered with South Tyneside Homes (STH) to run a new 24-week training course which supports demand for recruits into the booming construction sector.

Ambitious youngsters seeking new skills will gain high-quality classroom instruction and invaluable on-the-job work experience from the traineeship programme.

The traineeship, which starts on Monday, September 4, features construction services skills, including painting, plaster repairs and tiling.


A passion for sport - and a new region-wide campaign to encourage women into coaching - is helping a South Tyneside College student get on the starting blocks to success.

Alex Fontaine, 17, is one of 22 coaches and participants from clubs across Tyne and Wear, whose inspirational attitude to sport is helping drive the Pass On Your Passion initiative.


Double Michelin-starred chef Kenny Atkinson showed catering students how to keep a cool head in the heat of the kitchen during a masterclass at South Tyneside College.

He added the ingredients of experience and skill to help them prepare a five-course taster and wine taster menu for a sitting of 34 private and public sector VIP guests.

Kenny, owner of Newcastle’s Quayside’s UK Restaurant of the Year 2015 winner House of Tides, joined them in the college’s commercial restaurant, Bistro 150.