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Our Partners

Foundation of Light

With a mission to provide opportunities through which people can improve their lives, the Foundation of Light uses the power of football to inspire children, young people and their families.

Established in 2001, it has grown to become one of the most pioneering sports charities in the world, winning multiple awards for ground-breaking sports, health, community and education programmes.

Its passionate, dedicated and highly skilled team includes professional teachers, health workers, coaches, family learning officers, youth workers and support staff who work from centres across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham, as well as at Sunderland Football Club’s Stadium of Light ground.

Although linked to the football club, the Foundation of Light is structurally and financially independent, meaning it is responsible for raising the £4m needed each year to maintain its often life-changing programmes.

Utilising the power of Sunderland AFC’s brand and football in the North East, it is able to engage people and implement programmes which makes the real difference.

The Foundation of Light works with an unparalleled cross section of people regionally, to offer programmes which positively impact on health, behaviour, attitude, skills, knowledge and more.


Monkwearmouth Academy

Monkwearmouth Academy provides inspirational teaching within a creative curriculum, to motivate pupils to enjoy learning and achieve their full potential.

Valuing outstanding care, guidance and support, the academy operates an inclusive, stimulating and supportive community-based model of learning which centres on mutual respect and trust.

Working in partnership with parents, teachers and community organisations, it fosters ambition, raises aspiration, ensures the highest achievement and helps students to make a positive contribution to society.

Its wide and varied curriculum provides learners with opportunities to be creative in a range of engaging practical and vocational subjects, underpinned by the teaching of the theoretical concepts that allows them to succeed.

Recent developments include the creation of Monkwearmouth Sixth Form college, which opened in 2016 in partnership with South Tyneside College and the Foundation of Light.

The sixth form provides a wide range of vocational and A level qualifications, as well as professional sporting opportunities.

Overall, Monkwearmouth Academy delivers provision designed to meet the employment needs of students and the skills demands of North East employers.


Lee Stafford Education Academy

Lee Stafford Education Academy@STC has been developed to help students and lecturers to learn the latest industry standard techniques, boosting skills across the profession.

Created as a partnership between South Tyneside College and award-winning hairdresser Lee Stafford, a former British Men’s Hairdresser of the Year, it has been described as a ‘Michelin standard’ training model.

Established in 2016, the academy helps lecturers to hone their skills, in turn enhancing learning for the hundreds of students each year who enrol.

It targets support to lecturers who teach level 2 and level 3 students, giving them ever better skills to train the latest generation of young hairdressers.

The academy operates through the Lee Stafford Education brand, a tutoring and mentoring programme that has won national plaudits.

Lee, who was voted the UK’s most influential hairdresser in 2011, created the education arm of his business to introduce a single recognised training standard across the country.

He uses a handpicked team of trainers, made up of salon owners and hairdressers and which includes a College Artistic Director who coordinates training.

The partnership with South Tyneside College also runs recruitment events for employers and students across the North East.


Career College North East

Career College North East is a unique model of education and training, that is geared to opening opportunity to young people at the earliest opportunity.

Launched in September 2015, it is helping end skills gaps in some sectors by inspiring students as young as 14 to change the shape, direction and focus of their education.

Operating as a partnership between South Tyneside College and Ofsted rated 'outstanding' South Shields school, St Wilfrid’s RC College, it delivers two years of training in engineering, advanced manufacturing, computer science or marine.

Part of the national Careers College model created by Lord Kenneth Baker, students spend a day a week at college, learning advanced vocational skills and working with employers, and four days following St Wilfrid's RC College’s core academic curriculum.

It represents the first time an FE college has joined forces with a school to set up a Career College, and integral employer involvement is also unique.

This fresh education model allows young people to pursue a vocational pathway, gaining professional qualifications, whilst achieving a high quality academic education, with the ultimate aim of helping them into their chosen career.

Importantly, learning through the career college exposes students to the real world of work via excellent work experience opportunities and employer involvement, and progression routes have been designed to offer all learners choice and opportunities.

At level 3, learners complete the Baccalaureate, enhancing their BTEC qualification with A-level studies or a direct apprenticeship route in their chosen sector. Following Level 3 success, both options lead to Higher Education pathways in either full-time programmes or through higher apprenticeships.


St Wilfrid’s RC College

St Wilfrid’s RC College is rated ‘outstanding’ by education inspectorate Ofsted, a reflection of the commitment, cooperation and enthusiasm for learning it demands from its pupils and their parents.

Specialising in mathematics and computing, its curriculum is broad and balanced and benefits from a highly committed teaching team who work to provide maximum opportunities for pupil learning and progression.

The school’s culture is based distinctively on Gospel values, which are reflected in its work, and it successfully strives to support learners in a secure and safe environment.

Its education philosophy is based strongly on partnership between home, school, parish and community, a combination which provides maximum support to the learning process.

Teachers endeavour to support each student to fulfil their potential, and a wide programme of studies and opportunities is provided to meet this goal.

The school operates as a community in which all involved are taught to respect others, with co-operation to education and life goals essential factors.


Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Rugby are based at Kingston Park Stadium and operate Newcastle Falcons and Newcastle Thunder, the regions only professional teams in rugby union and rugby league respectively.

Newcastle Falcons is an English rugby union team who play in the Aviva Premiership and were established in 1877. Until 1990 the team were known as ‘Gosforth Football Club’ and began to play at Kingston Park after the name change.

In the summer of 2014, Newcastle Falcons replaced their grass pitch with a state-of-the-art third-generation synthetic surface, allowing year-round rugby and community use of the main field. In addition to being the home of exciting live sport, the stadium is also available for a range of conferences, events and weddings.

The Newcastle Falcons are the most successful club in northern England, winning one Premiership and four domestic cups.

The Newcastle Falcons Community Foundation and TyneMet College joined forces to deliver a new two-year course from 2017-18, which is based at the Kingston Park Stadium and aimed at students aged 16 and above. The innovative scheme combines an accredited level 3 qualification in rugby excellence with practical rugby sessions and fixtures against other north east colleges.


Newcastle Thunder

Newcastle Rugby are based at Kingston Park Stadium and operate Newcastle Falcons and Newcastle Thunder, the regions only professional teams in rugby union and rugby league respectively.

Newcastle Thunder RLFC is a professional rugby league club that plays in the Kingstone Press League 1 competition, the third tier of rugby league in the United Kingdom. Newcastle Thunder play their home matches at Kingston Park, also home to renowned rugby union side Newcastle Falcons.

As the exclusive further education provider of the club, TyneMet College offers aspiring sports stars and those interested in a career in the sports industry the chance to train and qualify at the world-renowned Kingston Park Stadium. Students benefit from the opportunity to play rugby league for Thunder’s Academy in the RFL’s Super League Academy or the Tier 3 Elite Colleges League as part of a Level 3 Sports Excellence (Rugby League) qualification.


Newcastle United Foundation

Newcastle United Foundation is an independent registered charity supported by Newcastle United Football Club.

The Foundation supports the local community by harnessing the local passion for football; encouraging learning and promoting healthy lifestyles that make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children, young people and families in our region.

Improving the lives of almost 50,000 people in the local community each year, with record levels of participation across Football, School and Community programmes; Newcastle United Foundation uses the Newcastle United brand to engage, inspire and motivate people that others cannot reach.

TyneMet College has established a strong relationship with Newcastle United Foundation over a number of years, resulting in a numerous apprenticeship, work placement and employment opportunities for students.


British Gypsum

British Gypsum, part of the Saint-Gobain group, is the UK’s leading manufacturer of interior lining systems.

In every kind of building – from home to work, from the local supermarket to the local hospital – British Gypsum helps to create partitions, provide comfort, protect against fire and insulate against sound.

British Gypsum also provide leading training courses for installers and stockists of British Gypsum products and systems through a national network of Technical Academies.

TyneMet College became one of only four further education colleges across the country to join British Gypsum’s UK College Partner Initiative and gain the prestigious ‘Interior Systems Partnership Programme’ with the British Gypsum Technical Academy in 2015. This coincided with the expansion of the College’s construction course offer, with additional premises in Benton to house a brand new training centre for the latest dry lining and plastering qualifications.


Siemens plc

Siemens is a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalisation.

One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. In infrastructure and industry solutions the company plays a pioneering role.

TyneMet College and Siemens plc have a strategic education and training partnership, which has been in place since 2006, that focuses on scientific, technological and business-related disciplines as well as employability and social skills to drive a high standard of education excellence and work-ready engineers.

From pioneering outreach activities to raise awareness of engineering as a career for young people, to work placements, prestigious apprenticeship and employment opportunities; the partnership continues to raise aspirations and change the lives of budding engineers across the region.


Northern Powergrid

Northern Powergrid takes electricity from National Grid's transmission network (which connects the larger power stations) and from smaller generators (such as windfarms) that are directly connected to the network. Through a network of substations, overhead power lines and underground cables, they distribute the power that homes and businesses use.

They operate a network of more than 61,000 substations and around 91,000 kilometres of overhead power lines and underground cables that take electricity from National Grid’s transmission network and from smaller generators, delivering it to 3.9m homes and businesses throughout the region.

TyneMet College’s partnership with Northern Powergrid dates back to 2013 and continues to support the electrical sector skills shortage. As an established provider of qualifications for Northern Powergrid, the College is leading the way in industry developed courses and training.

The suite of courses meet the growing demands of today’s power engineering sector and the College has worked closely with Northern Powergrid to develop a delivery model that not only addresses the extensive skills shortage in the sector but equips learners with industry specific skills and qualifications.

Senior leadership team

Our key staff

Dr Lindsey Whiterod, OBE

Chief Executive
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Helen Beaton

Deputy Chief Executive
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Catherine Donnelly

Director of Human Resources
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Alison Maynard

Principal, South Tyneside College
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Audrey Kingham

Principal, Tyne Metropolitan College
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Gary Hindmarch

Principal, South Shields Marine School
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