A collective celebration of success, achievements and accolades of Tyne Metropolitan College’s students resounded in the walls of the Whitley Bay Playhouse on the 7th July 2015. Sponsors, Governors, honoured guests, students and their families came together to celebrate the significant achievements of TyneMet’s students.

The atmosphere at the Playhouse was electric with YMCA Recording Studios’ student, Brittany Skye Farrow opening the awards with a first class performance.  The powerful vocalist performed a number of songs - captivating the audience and preparing the crowd for the following succession.

At the FE Awards event, the College welcomed Ann Cleeves as the key note speaker who congratulated all of the students on their achievements; giving an impressive speech on never giving up on your dreams. The award winning author remarked that her own personal journey of becoming an established writer had been a long one and her own dream of getting published had been a considered, tireless effort.

The author has seen global success - with her work published and translated in over twenty languages and numerous television adaptations including the popular dramas Vera and Shetland.

Students were presented with awards for their hard work, positive attitude and determination to succeed, with sport student Scott Maughan winning the prestigious award title ‘Overall Student of Year.’

Jon Vincent, Principal and Chief Executive of TyneMet College, expressed his delight at so many students progressing to Higher Education with excellent results and excellent futures ahead.

Closing the FE Awards, Bill Midgley, Chair of Governors at TyneMet College, said:

“It’s a tremendous achievement to see the high performance of our students continually excel and grow and it’s a proud moment for the College to witness the future of our workforce being recognised for their passion. Without the willingness to learn - the world stops. ”

Achievements continued at the HE Celebration of Success with the very notable key speaker, Sir Nigel Sherlock, KVCO, OBE opening the ceremony – Sir Nigel delivered an evoking speech on the true value of education and his own life-long experiences, whilst noting the incredible value of the HNC, HND and Foundation Degree qualifications run by the College and how they continue to transform workplaces by consistently meeting the needs of employers and ensuring students have the skills, experience and knowledge to forge great careers.

A huge thank you to our category award sponsors PASS4Soccer, ONE Awards, Newcastle Eagles, CACHE, NCFE, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, North East Chamber of Commerce, Goals, Flourish, Intrinsic, NEED Solutions, L’Oréal, Sally Salon Services, Chartwells, SOS Print, University of Sunderland, Thermacore Europe, Keepmoat, TyneMouth Decorators, Prince’s Trust at TyneMet College, Newarc, Nestlé, Rolls–Royce North East Training Centre, Kier, HP and Newcastle Thunder with special thanks to our main sponsor Dan Tobin and Potts Print UK.