Four students studying on Pre Uniformed Services courses at TyneMet College were awarded honours at the Uniformed Services Annual Dinner.

The three course formal dinner was held in TyneMet's 'Retreat' Restaurant and was cooked and served by catering students.

The students who received the awards were; Matthew Thompson, 17, from Wallsend, Louise Connon, 17, from Killingworth, both studying on the Level 3 Diploma in Uniformed Services and Phillip Elsdon, 20, from Wallsend and Michael Turner, 24, from Palmersville both studying on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services.

Michael was awarded 'The Captain Morgan Award' for Progression, Personal Development and Distance Travelled. This award was presented by Janet Hunter, TyneMet Governor and Chair of North Tyneside Council.

The second award for 'Endeavour' for Attempting to do, Striving for, Putting Oneself Forward, and Commitment, was presented to Louise by Warick Stephenson Head of Head of Care, Sport and Leisure at TyneMet College.

Matthew was presented the third award, the ‘Mal Bowering’ award for fitness for the student who always gives 100% in fitness sessions and shows improvement in development, by Colin Seccombe, TyneMet Governor.
Phillip was then awarded the final trophy for 'Distinction' for Making a Difference, A Mark of Honour, a Distinguished Character and Quality of Excellence, which was presented by Bill Midgley Chair of TyneMet Governors.

Also at the event Shane Williamson, 17, from Wallsend, who is studying on the Level 3 Diploma in Uniformed Services, was presented with the Inter-College Challenge Trophy that TyneMet  have been successful in winning for the last three years.

All of the students who attended the formal dinner made an effort with their appearance and were dressed very smartly in suits and the ladies in cocktail dresses; even though this was a formal event the students thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Respectfully they all toasted each other's future and at the end of the meal passed around the ceremonial port, a tradition at most military functions.

Warick Stephenson, Head of Care, Sport and Leisure, TyneMet College, said:

"This Dinner is held annually and provides an excellent atmosphere for the award presentations, we are delighted that Bill, Janet and Colin were able to attend and present the awards.

"The award winning students have worked extremely hard whilst studying on their course and it was a pleasure to be able to honour their determination and commitment.

"The delicious menu for the evening proved to be very popular with the students and guests and the waiting on students were very professional making the evening a total success."

To find out more about Uniformed and Public Services courses at TyneMet, call and speak to one of our student advisors on 0191 229500 or visit